by Randy Glein and Barry Schuler, DFJ Growth Partners
Since forming DFJ Growth nearly 15 years ago, we’ve built a team dedicated to partnering with entrepreneurs at the growth stage. We seek to be high impact partners for these visionary leaders, leveraging our collective experience, expertise, and network of relationships to help them scale through hypergrowth and beyond. And now, as we look toward the future, we’re excited to announce the addition of two seasoned partners to our team: Sandesh Patnam and Jess Segal. We pride ourselves on being a highly collaborative team at DFJ Growth, so we naturally look for people who fit well with our culture and approach to investing. When we add someone to our team, we also strive to add a new dimension that expands our frame of reference and builds upon our collective set of experiences and perspectives. We have certainly accomplished this goal with both Sandesh and Jess. Together, they bring depth of expertise and decades of experience, coupled with diversity of thought, voice, knowledge and capabilities that clearly makes our team better.
Sandesh joins DFJ Growth as an investing partner. He spent the past six years building the US investment practice at Premji Invest, where he was responsible for crafting and leading a highly successful portfolio of private growth, crossover and public technology company investments. Sandesh is no stranger to our team. We followed Sandesh’s career at Premji Invest, Seligman, and Bay Partners, getting to know him for more than a decade and co-investing with him at Anaplan (NYSE: PLAN) and DataStax. While at Premji, he also led investments in Coupa (NASDAQ: COUP), Looker (Google), Zuora (NYSE: ZUO), and others. Sandesh brings deep technical, operating and investing experience, including a public investing dimension, to the DFJ Growth team. His educational pedigree includes a BSE in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business.
Jess joins DFJ Growth to lead our investor relations efforts, bringing broad experience and relationships from her distinguished career with Morgan Stanley, Elliott Management, Farallon Capital, and most recently with Vista Equity Partners during their rapid growth and ascent. The team at DFJ Growth is already benefitting from her expansive network and professional approach to the ongoing development and nurturing of a healthy base of investors for our firm. Jess holds an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As we enter a new decade, we continue to pursue our north star of partnering with unique, mission-driven companies poised to transform markets, disrupt industries, and change the world. In support of our own mission, we are thrilled to welcome Sandesh and Jess to our team to help forge the future of DFJ Growth!