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Cloud and AI Infrastructure

Umesh Padval and Ashish Kakran lead our investments in Cloud and AI Infrastructure. Their interests encompass a diverse range of cutting-edge technologies, including data infrastructure, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), DevOps, and developer tools. By employing a thesis-driven approach, they pinpoint key priority areas for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and software developers.

Their commitment to their portfolio and company founders goes beyond financial backing - they offer access to their deep operational experience and vast network. Their CIO forum functions as an outstanding resource for startups, providing access to prominent industry decision-makers.

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Ashish Kakran

Ashish Kakran

Principal

Ashish is focused on early-stage cloud, data/ML, and cybersecurity startups. He helps technical founders build lasting companies as a trusted long-term partner. Recent investments include Cohere, Harness, Isovalent, , CyCognito, and more.

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Umesh Padval

Umesh Padval

Managing Director

Umesh is a Venture Partner at Thomvest Ventures focused on investments in the cybersecurity, data infrastructure, AI/ML and cloud infrastructure sectors partnering with founders and CEOs of companies developing disruptive platforms solving key pain-points for CXOs.

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Clari

Clari

Clari's Revenue Platform automatically gathers data across organizations and synthesizes it with AI to identify actionable insights and execution strategies.

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Cohere

Cohere: Empowering businesses & developers with a novel NLP platform to explore, read, summarize, and translate text, as well predict events intelligently.

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FlashSoft

FlashSoft offered an all-software solution that enabled enterprise users to utilize any standard SSD as a high-performance memory cache in the server. Acquired by SanDisk.

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Harness

Harness is the industry’s first Software Delivery Platform to use AI to simplify your DevOps processes - CI, CD & GitOps, Feature Flags, Cloud Costs, and much more.

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Isovalent

Isovalent helps customers connect, secure, and observe cloud-native applications in multi-cluster, multi-cloud environments.

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Opaque

Opaque leverages a novel combination of two critical technologies layered on cloud security—secure hardware enclaves and cryptographic fortification.

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ThousandEyes

ThousandEyes monitored network infrastructure, troubleshoots application delivery, optimizes digital experience, and maps Internet performance across any network.

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