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Westfield College University of London, BS 1986
Computer Science

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Ash Patel

Ash Patel is Currently Co-Founder and Managing Director at Morado Venture Partners, making seed-stage investments.

Ash most recently was Chief Technology Evangelist for Yahoo!. Previously he was the Executive Vice President of Yahoo!’s Audience Products Division. Previously he was the Executive Vice President of the Platforms and Infrastructure Division where he was responsible for global technology investments and platform initiatives both on and off the Yahoo network. Under his previous title he also led an increased focus on innovating and developing next-generation services for Yahoo customers, and oversaw divisions including Product Platform Engineering, Platform Strategy & Architecture, and the Advanced Development Division.

Since starting at Yahoo in 1996, Patel has played a key role in architecting and enhancing MyYahoo, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Chat and many other products that continue to impact millions of Yahoo users. In 2001, he became SVP of platform engineering, where he was responsible for Yahoo’s Communications Products, core platforms and infrastructure. In 2006, Patel became Yahoo’s Chief Product Officer, and was responsible for global product strategy and development, as well as identifying future product trends and emerging technologies.

Prior to joining the company, Patel was a principle member of the technical staff at Oracle Corporation, and before that, held a number of software engineer and development positions at technology companies in Silicon Valley and London.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Hampton Creek Foods 2/2014Series B$23M12
Amitree 1/2014Venture Round$2.7M8
Layer 10/2013Seed$6M9
Breakthrough Behavioral 8/2012Angel$900k8
Chirply 4/2011Seed$1.1M18
dotCloud 2/2011Angel$800k10
OtherInbox 9/2010Series A$1.5M11
AeroFS 8/2010Seed11
Lexity 9/2009Seed$1.2M5



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  2. Amitree, The Company Behind Home Buying To-Do Service Closing Time, Raises $2.7 Million ( [edit]
  3. Communications Platform For Mobile And Web Apps And TC Disrupt Winner Layer Raises $6 Million ( [edit]
  4. Breakthrough receives funding, but are we ready for online shrinks? Read more at ( [edit]
  5. Crowd-Sourced Design Startup Chirply Raises $1.1 Million, Launches Redesign ( [edit]
  6. Ron Conway, Chris Sacca And Others Invest 800K In PaaS Dotcloud ( [edit]
  7. Austin startup OtherInBox raises $1.5 million for expansion ( [edit]
  8. YC-Funded AeroFS: It's Like Dropbox, But it Runs Inside Your Firewall ( [edit]
  9. Stealth Web Startup Palaran Raises $1 Million In Funding From True Ventures ( [edit]
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