Navin Chaddha is responsible for the overall leadership of Mayfield Fund. He is a proven serial entrepreneur and venture investor. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, has ranked on the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors for 2012 and several years prior, was listed as a Top 12 VC Hotshot by Red Herring, and named as a Power Player West, Mobile, Cloud and Green Power Player by Always On. Navin invests in the mobile, social, cloud/ SaaS, energytech and big data themes in the U.S., India and China and is the founder of Mayfield’s dedicated India Fund, which he oversees. His current investments include Appcelerator, Bharat Matrimony (India), Brighter, CloudVelocity, Gigya, MapR Technologies, Poshmark, SwiftStack, Tejas Networks, and WideOrbit. He is also involved in Mayfield investments in Fab, Qunar (China), Rubicon Project, ShineOn (China), and SMiT (China).
Navin has made over 35 investments of which 12 have had IPOs and another 12 have been acquired. Some of his notable investments include Akamai, MakeMyTrip, Rhythms Net Connections, and SolarCity which had successful IPOs on NASDAQ. ILFS Investment, Persistent Systems, and Suzlon Energy had IPOs in India. Other investments that have had significant exits through acquisitions include Ankeena Networks (Juniper Networks), CPower (Constellation Energy), Indya.com (News Corp), Mimosa Systems (Iron Mountain Inc.), Neopath Networks (Cisco Systems), Pulse (LinkedIn), StorSimple (Microsoft), WiChorus (Tellabs Inc.), and Zenprise (Citrix).
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Navin was a successful serial entrepreneur. He was founder and CTO of VXtreme which was acquired by Microsoft to become Windows Media. Navin served in various management roles at Microsoft after the acquisition. He was also co-founder of iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ IPO), CEO and founder of Rivio (acquired by CPA2Biz), and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mobius Venture Capital.
Navin holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University (received Stanford and IBM Graduate Fellowships) and a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi (received the Director’s Medal for being first in his class) and was honored with the prestigious distinguished IIT Alumni Award in 2006. He holds 35 patents and serves on the advisory board of Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.
- Bollywood movie fan - my favorite is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
- Amateur chef - I can make one hot curry!
- Played competitive cricket in college.