Managing Director, Mayfield Fund
Founder & Trustee, Plaksha
Stanford University (MS Electrical Engineering)
IIT Delhi (B.Tech. Electrical Engineering)
Navin is a serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. As a venture capitalist he likes partnering with entrepreneurs who want to change the way people work, live and play. As an entrepreneur Navin, co-founded 3 companies in my 20s, including VXtreme, which was acquired by Microsoft to become Windows Media and iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ:IBEM). As a venture capitalist Navin has had the fortune of championing entrepreneurs of over 50 companies in the U.S. and India, 17 of which have gone public and another 20 have been acquired. Some of his past notable investments include IPOs of Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM), LYFT(NASDAQ: LYFT), Makemytrip (NASDAQ:MMYT), Persistent Systems (NSE:PERSISTENT), Rhythms NetConnections (NASDAQ: RTHM), Solarcity (NASDAQ:SCTY), and acquisitions of Brighter/Cigna, CloudGenix/Palo Alto Networks, CloudSimple/Google, Elastica/Blue Coat/Symantec, Gigya/SAP, Neopath Networks/Cisco, Pulse/LinkedIn, StorSimple/Microsoft, Wichorus/Tellabs and Zenprise/Citrix.
He grew up in India, where he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, and got his masters from Stanford University. He has been fortunate to be named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has ranked on the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors eleven times.