"I have had the pleasure of investing from the very early stages to companies that have gone public and thrived as public companies giving me great appreciation for durable business models. I get excited by companies and entrepreneurs that have the vision, the grit, the courage, and the obsession to build companies that can stand the test of time. In all humility, I enjoy and work zealously on being a good thought partner to such entrepreneurs on their journey to greatness."Sandesh Patnam is a partner of DFJ Growth. He joined the firm in 2019 with more than 20 years of investing and operating experience. Sandesh has collaborated with members of DFJ Growth for more than a decade, as a co-investor and board participant at Anaplan and DataStax. His product and technology background, coupled with his experience as an accomplished investor across the early, growth, and late stages of company development, has earned him a reputation as a valuable partner for founders and management teams.
Prior to DFJ Growth, Sandesh spent nearly six years as the US managing partner of Premji Invest. He oversaw a $6 billion portfolio of late-stage private, crossover, and public investments in the technology sector, leading investments in Anaplan (NYSE: PLAN), Zuora (NYSE: ZUO), Coupa (NASDAQ: COUP), Looker (Google), Apttus (Thoma Bravo), ServiceMax (GE), iCertis, Signifyd, DataStax, and others.
Before joining Premji Invest, Sandesh was a senior equity analyst and investment officer at the Seligman Technology Group, a firm with more than $8 billion in both long-only and long/short investment vehicles. While at Seligman, Sandesh managed the software and IT infrastructure equity portfolios that encompassed enterprise applications, software as a service, storage, big data infrastructure, security, and internet services.
Sandesh was also a general partner at Bay Partners, where he led investments in Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) and others. He began his investing career at TeleSoft Partners, and he played an active role with several technology leaders, including Sierra Design Automation (Mentor Graphics), Validity Sensors (Synaptics), Lara Networks (Cypress Semiconductor), VxTel (Intel) and others. He also held product and business roles at Malleable Technologies, Silicon Graphics, Integrated Device Technologies, and Cirrus Logic.
Sandesh holds an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business and a BSEE with a minor in economics from the University of Rochester. Sandesh is an avid squash player and an occasional but passionate golfer. He is also a board member of Squash On Track, a non-profit focused on after school athletics and academic enhancement for underprivileged middle school children.