10th August 2023: Dallas Venture Capital (DVC), a cross-border venture capital firm, announced key additions to its Team of Advisors. The team will play a pivotal role in expanding DVC’s value propositions at a global scale, focusing mainly on the early and growth-stage companies in cloud infrastructure, AI/ML, mobile, XR, and other emerging technologies.
The team of advisors includes Dr. Ambica Rajagopal, a pioneer in Applied AI, Analytics, and Data Science with a reputation for innovating, introducing, and scaling path-breaking technologies, Ms Rama Vedashree, with over 35 years of experience in the technology space, having long stints at NIIT Technologies, Microsoft & General Electric, and Mr Jayant Patwardhan, with 34+ years of expertise in technology and management space, including 25 years in the financial services industry.
Speaking about the appointments, Kiran Kalluri, Partner at DVC India, says, “We are extremely excited to welcome onboard the new DVC Advisors. The extensive experience and sector expertise the advisors/ leaders bring along with them is going to contribute largely towards DVC and the Portfolio companies ensuring their exponential growth in the coming days. ”
Dr. Ambica is set to join DVC Advantage, a program that brings momentum to the start-up growth journey besides providing capital support. As the Group Chief Data and AI Officer of Michelin, she spearheaded Michelin’s focus on AI as a critical transformational initiative and led the data-driven transformation. Sharing her thoughts, Dr. Ambika said, “There has never been a more exciting time for startups in the AI world – and I am delighted to join as an Advisor of Dallas Venture Capital in exploring and accelerating growth in this area!”
Meanwhile, Rama Vedashree who earlier was the CEO of the Data Security Council of India (‘DSCI’), the apex Policy Think Tank and Industry Body for Cyber Security and Privacy said, “Working with Enterprise Customers and Governments in leveraging Technology has been the core mission of my career. I look forward to my new role at DVC to help grow the Deep Tech Startup ecosystem.”
On the other hand, Jayant Patwardhan served as the CEO of TIAA Global Business Services India before becoming the Chairman. Additionally, he is also an Executive Advisor to the Everest Group. In his past roles, he has served as the Managing Director, Head of Technology, India for Deutsche Bank. He has also served as the Managing Director, India CTO, Asset & Wealth Management Technology at JP Morgan Chase. Before JP Morgan, he held technology leadership roles with Nomura Holdings and Lehman Brothers. Speaking about his new role as an advisor at DVC, Jayant opined, “The start-up industry in India has grown and matured over the years. I am very excited to work with DVC India in this space and help innovate with new age technology.”
Through this instrumental addition to the team, DVC aims to accelerate the growth in the overall tech-focused startups.