Gaurav focuses on growth and later-stage investments within Software/SaaS, Internet, Digital Media, Mobile, and Technology-Enabled Services.
Prior to joining SAP Ventures, Gaurav was in the Boston-area with Highland Capital Partners leading growth and early-stage investments, and has held numerous board and board observer seats.
Gaurav has led or been instrumental in making investments in Criteo, Marin Software (MRIN), Violin Memory, Affine Systems, Beyond the Rack, Cafemom, Coremetrics (IBM), Navic Networks (MSFT), Rent the Runway, StyleFeeder (TWX), and Yipit.
Previously, Gaurav was a Corporate Strategy executive at Microsoft Corporation, where he worked with the company’s top leadership to define and implement corporate-wide growth opportunities and acquisitions.
Gaurav was also a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led strategic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies across the high tech, financial services, telecommunications, and energy sectors. He started his career in engineering and product management roles at Microsoft and IBM Research.
Gaurav received his MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as Valedictorian (Ford Fellow). He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gaurav is a co-inventor on 9 issued US technology patents.