Sandesh Patnam is the US Managing Partner at Premji Invest, where he oversees their multi-strategy crossover fund with over $10bn in AUM across the Consumer, Technology, and Financial sectors. At PI, he directed investments in Anaplan (NYSE: PLAN), Zuora (NYSE: ZUO), Coupa (NYSE: COUP), Looker (acq. by Google for $2.85bn), Apttus (acq. by Thoma Bravo for $1.85bn), ServiceMax (acq. by GE for $1.0bn), Icertis, DataStax, Lookout, Cyngn, and Signifyd.
Prior to Premji Invest, Sandesh had a brief tenure as a partner as DFJ Growth, where he co-led investments in Cohesity, Stripe, and Innovium. He was also a Senior Equity Analyst and Investment Officer at the Seligman Technology Group at Ameriprise where he helped manage over $8bn in both long-only and long-short investment vehicles, in addition to leading their software and IT infrastructure equity portfolios. Before Seligman, Sandesh was a General Partner at Bay Partners, where he led several deals in their IT infrastructure and SaaS practices. Prior to his investing career, Sandesh held product and business roles at Malleable Technologies, Silicon Graphics, Integrated Device Technologies, and Cirrus Logic.
Sandesh earned an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business, and a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from the University of Rochester. In his spare time, he is an avid squash player, and sits on the board of Squash On Track, a non-profit providing after-school athletics to students in under-served communities.