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Silicon Valley Quad (SVQ) is a syndicate of investors that provides seed capital to US incorporated first-time technology entrepreneurs. SVQ provides ample capital for 18 to 24 months to reach a meaningful milestone, setting companies up to attract venture capital from Series A investors. SVQ invests in both B2B and B2C startups.
SVQ is funded and led by veteran technology investors and entrepreneurs BV Jagadeesh, Raju Reddy and Kanwal Rekhi. Collectively, they have been involved with over two hundred successful startups creating tens of billions of market value and hundreds of thousands of jobs. The fourth member is Raj-Ann Rekhi Gill who is the Operating Partner.
SVQ has assembled a syndicate of passive investors who provide supplemental capital which enables it to lead seed rounds and engage deeply with entrepreneurs. It has also partnered with Inventus Capital Partners (www.inventuscap.com) to co-invest in all deals—this unique model allows SVQ to make $3-3.5 million investments so companies can get back to growing business instead of chasing more angel capital. SVQ seeks to build a very diverse portfolio and invests in approximately 8 deals a year.
Although we can't respond to all submissions, if you're a first-time entrepreneur seeking seed funding for a US-incorporated early-stage technology business please share details using the contact form.
Kanwal was the first Silicon Valley Indo-American Founder and CEO to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ. He then became high profile super-angel while co-founding and leading TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) into the largest global mentoring network for Indian entrepreneurs. Subsequently he was a founding Managing Director at Inventus Capital. He has served on dozens of corporate boards.He earned a BSEE from IIT-Bombay and an MSEE along with Honorary Doctorate from Michigan Tech in both Engineering and Business.
Raju Reddy is the founder and former CEO of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be a best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years before being acquired by Hitachi. Previously, Raju spent 10 years at Intel. He enjoys working with young entrepreneurs and mentoring to build great global companies.
Raju currently serves on the board of Eltropy, Flam, HealthCube and Seclore. Raju is currently a Board member of RAND Corp Center for Asia Pacific Policy, FalconX, and EnActe Arts.
BV is the founder and Managing partner of KAAJ Ventures in Silicon Valley. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, Angel Investor and a Philanthropist. Before founding KAAJ, he was President & CEO of NetScaler. NetScaler pioneered the concept of Application Delivery and was successfully sold to Citrix for $325M and served as Group VP and GM for Citrix's Application Networking division. Prior to Netscaler, he co-founded and served as CTO of Exodus communications in 1993 that pioneered the concept of Internet data centers. He was instrumental in the successful IPO of Exodus in 1998.
Raj-Ann Rekhi Gill is excited to put her 20+ years in nonprofit programming and fundraising to work as Operating Partner at SVQ, where she manages the day-to-day operations.
During her nonprofit career she worked for a wide range of organizations such as The Asia Society and Museum, American India Foundation and NEXUS in New York as well as San Jose Museum of Art and India Community Center in Silicon Valley.
Manu brings deep experience building digital consumer businesses and the ongoing consumerization of business software. He has supported founders at Vivu (ACQ: Polycom), Dhingana (ACQ: rd.io), Genwi (ACQ: Persistent), Disco (ACQ: CultureAmp), Poshmark (IPO), FarFaria (Acq: JumpStart), j2play (ACQ: EA), Credit Sesame and many more. Manu is currently on the Boards of Flam, Talview and Out of the Blue. Manu co-founded Excelerate.it, dedicated to helping early-stage startups scale by connecting Founders with decision makers at Global 5000 corporations.
John has been a VC since 1997 and co-founded Inventus with Kanwal in 2007 to help Silicon Valley founders pursue the lean startup model.
John has backed several dozen Founding teams resulting in 8 liquidity events with two IPOs. At Inventus he’s on the boards of Activity Hero, Credit Sesame, FarFaria, Motivo.ai, Resilinc, and SysCloud, as was a board member at Vivu (ACQ: Polycom), Dhingana (ACQ: rd.io), Spotzot (ACQ: Valassis), and Sokrati (ACQ: Dentsu). For a decade prior to co-founding Inventus,
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Founder & CEO
This is my third company backed by the guys at SVQ. Beyond the investment, their unique understanding of how to build new fast-growth companies, and the level of trust between us has been invaluable.
Founder & CEO
It has been a pleasure to work with SVQ!
Kanwal understood our technology and recognized our market opportunity right away and syndicated our seed round in a very short time. Kanwal's wealth of industry experience has been invaluable as we grow our business.
Founder & CEO
It's very rare to find believers who just don't back dreamers but work alongside almost 24*7 to make them great leaders and help them hands-on build great companies.
Manu and Raju have helped with hiring, KPIs, growth workshops and more.