Menlo Ventures hires Rama Sekhar as Partner

Veteran technology investor and engineer brings expertise in cybersecurity, AI, and cloud infrastructure to the firm’s investment team
Globe NewswireJanuary 25, 20244 min

Menlo Ventures, a leading venture capital firm, announced its newest partner, Rama Sekhar.

At Menlo, Rama will focus his investments on cybersecurity, AI, and cloud infrastructure. He is passionate about democratizing software development, making AI easier to build and deploy, and securing the infrastructure and applications of tomorrow.

Rama joins Menlo after 15 years at Norwest Venture Partners, where he invested in several successful companies, including Algorithmia, Dremio, Harness, InfluxData, Numbers Station, Veza, and more. Rama also previously held positions at Comcast Ventures and Cisco Systems, where he held roles as a systems engineer and product manager. His diverse experiences position him as a strategic asset with technical acumen, a strong investment track record, and a deep network of industry connections.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rama to the Menlo Ventures team,” said Matt Murphy, partner at Menlo Ventures. “His technical depth, investments, and deep relationships with entrepreneurs make him stand out in the market. It’s a fantastic time for him to be joining Menlo Ventures to help us double down on our AI-based cybersecurity and infrastructure investing.”

“Menlo Ventures has a phenomenal track record, and this is a particularly exciting time to join, as they have truly solidified their reputation in both cybersecurity and AI infrastructure with investments in companies like Abnormal, Anthropic, and Pinecone,” said Rama Sekhar, partner at Menlo Ventures. “I look forward to building on Menlo’s strength in these domains and backing the next generation of companies building infrastructure, security, and observability for the new AI stack.”

Rama is the latest addition to Menlo’s growing team of investors who leverage extensive industry expertise in high-growth sectors. The firm most recently brought on partners Joff Redfern, the former CPO of Atlassian, well-known consumer investor Amy Wu, and former Splunk CTO Tim Tully. Additionally, Menlo recently promoted Derek Xiao to investor and Andreas Vandris to principal, signaling the firm’s continued commitment to nurturing talent within its ranks. The firm will continue to hire in 2024 and plans to bring an additional operator-turned-investor into the firm as a partner.

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