Saurabh has served as the Chief Operating Officer at UST Global, a 15,000 employee systems integrator based in Aliso Viejo, California. He was responsible for Operations, Marketing and Strategic M&A and also lead UST’s geographic expansion as part of UST's sovereign strategy.
In addition to expanding UST’s business in the US, Saurabh was instrumental in establishing a large Global footprint in LATAM and EMEA markets and had fostered strong relationships with Global 1000 CEOs and CIOs. Saurabh has spent more than 12 years working for large IT product and service organizations like Cadence, Keane, and Covansys, heading teams in training, resources and expansion.
Saurabh has over 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Most recently he serves as Vice President for Emerging Solutions, Innovation and Investment at UST Global where he also conceived & led UST’s global tech investments fund and helped monetize the portfolio through UST’s large client base. Saurabh has significant experience in creating, growing and sustaining technology products and solutions in a global operations environments; having lived and worked in 4 continents. Prior to joining UST, he worked in the UK with various IT and Financial institutions and also ran a consultancy start up.
Saurabh has a degree in Neuro-computation and a research background in High Performance Computing from the UK. Saurabh has help mentor & grow several successful tech startups & currently serves as an advisor, observer or board member of several high growth technology companies such as Abzooba, Third Eye, 1-Page etc. He is also on the advisory board of a few early stage VCs.
Vikas has over 15 years of cross functional experience in leading Digital Strategy, Business Transformation, Business Planning, Analytics and IT projects. In his last role, as Sr Director and Head Asia Pacific for a leading IT services company, Vikas was working with clients across industries on Digital Strategy and its implementation across the value chain. He successfully built the services business in APAC from scratch and was recognized for his contributions to create the fastest growing region across the world, for the company.
Vikas spent a decade with one of the largest private life insurance company. As Head of Distribution Operations he led complete responsibility for Sales Strategy, Planning, Compensation, Sales Promotions, Technology and Compliance for all distribution channels. Other remarkable achievements for Vikas include, setting up the Middle Office for Investments function, setting up Market Intelligence and supporting transformation of the Training function.
Ritesh Agarwal is the Managing Director at CerraCap’s Los Angeles office, where he is primarily responsible for sourcing and leading investment diligence on technologies in the firm’s Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain practices.
Previously, Ritesh was Sr. Executive of a large IT services company where he was responsible for identifying and evaluating investments in companies in the Health Care IT and Financial Technology Sectors.
He began his career as an IT consultant with Bank of America in Los Angeles where he focused on digital transformation and innovation strategy. He also worked in consumer product management at a leading insurance company based out of Los Angeles
Ritesh received an MBA from the Amity Business School, India and a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Mangalore University, India.
Dasher Rattray is an analyst at CerraCap’s Los Angeles office, where he is responsible for company evaluation, industry research, deal sourcing, due diligence, and internal operations. Dasher assists the managing directors and partners on investment decisions - often meeting with prospective portfolio companies for initial review and managing administrative operations for the fund.
Dasher has a joint degree in Finance (M&A) and Creative Writing from Florida State University. He has already leveraged his skills for company evaluation and writing as a Product Management consultant for EdTech Start-Up Kadenze, and has worked closely with start-ups to gather funds and close deals.
Jon Soberg is venture capital investor with nearly a decade of investment experience and top tier performance with an average multiple of 5X across all of his investments and several exits of more than 25X. Jon began his venture capital career at Blumberg Capital, where he was a Partner focused on enterprise software and financial technology investments. Jon has been part of 120 investments and held 36 board and observer positions across five continents. Prior to becoming an investor, Jon was a serial entrepreneur and operator, with an IPO exit at Adforce, and multiple financial services industry positions including Capital Group, Great-West Life, HSBC and executive leadership of Ditech's $70B lending organization.
Jon has been a Lecturer at the Wharton School, and holds Engineering degrees from Harvey Mudd College and Northwestern University. Jon graduated as a Palmer Scholar with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from Wharton, and he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
A marketing executive, entrepreneur, and a angel investor. She has over 20 years of experience in technology industry, she is known to turn vision to results, bring clarity in ambiguity with focus on execution and client centricity. She offers expertise in the area of brand management, brand development, growth and sales enablement. Her efforts have been profiled in several including People and Management, Firstpost and Hispanic Outlook. Nikki has been recognized by STEMConnector as one of the "100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM." She received the Diversity & Inclusion (DandI) Award in December 2014 for social justice and creating a more diverse and inclusive corporate America. She also received the Pink Power Mentor-ship Award, the National Women’s Political Caucus Philanthropic Impact Award, the Women Helping Women Stevie Award, and the Rising Woman in Technology Award from the Southern California based Advancing Women in Technology non-profit organization.
Nikki graduated from the GLS Institute of Commerce, in India and has Technical Management Certificates from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been recognized as an "Exceptional Leader" and "Woman of the Year" by The International Women Leadership Association and National Association of Professional Women (2015 & 2017).
As a Senior Research Associate with the Cambridge University, Florian is interested in the development of tools for service design. His research focuses on creation and capture of value within complex business ecosystems. Florian’s second research interest is customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Cambridge, Florian was employed at Accenture in Zürich, Switzerland.
He holds a distinction MSc (Network Centered Computing) and a PhD in Systems Engineering. Academically he was a visitor to the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre extreme computing group and the Politecnico di Milano. In industry he has worked for SAP Research as a Senior Researcher and Project Manager. Florian has also previously worked for Volkswagen, IBM and Gartner Inc.