Sonali has been active in the European venture business for nearly a decade. At Accel Partners, Sonali focuses on investments in the internet (consumer and business centric), digital media and software markets. Sonali sits on the boards of KupiVIP, Wonga, Seatwave.com, Ubiquisys and Watagame.com. Prior to Accel, Sonali was a Partner at Atlas Venture in London where she invested primarily in internet businesses for 8 years. While at Atlas Venture Sonali sat on the boards of Moo, Globoforce, Skinstore and Seatwave (where she was the founding investor). She was also a board member at Magicalia (acquired by Exponent Private Equity), Sendit (acquired by Pilton) and Moreover (acquired by Verisign). Before joining Atlas Venture, Sonali was a member of Deutsche Bankâ€™s Venture Group in London.
Sonali started her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York City where she was actively involved in M&A and financings for a number of clients including many high growth technology businesses. While at Goldman Sachs Sonali co-founded the Business Development Group, a new business unit within the investment banking division successfully set up to exclusively source and execute on acquisitions of smaller, fast growing businesses for the Fortune 50.
Sonali attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania where she received a full merit based scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in Economics with Honours. Sonali holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. Sonali was born and raised in Bombay, India and speaks fluent Hindi and some Punjabi.