VC One-on-One Coaching with Docomo Capital



  • For SDForum Members Only!

    This is a unique series where you can have individual meetings with a top venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. These meetings are designed to help founders and CEO’s of early stage companies identify partnerships, obtain industry insight and perspective, and exchange relevant ideas and contacts.

    These 30 minute 1 on 1 sessions are not to be perceived as a funding exercise, but more of a discussion session that promises to be good use of an entrepreneur’s time.

    If you are an entrepreneur or a CEO of an early stage company, please submit a one page summary of your business for selection.

    To sign up, please email Leigh Ann Gilson
    We are especially looking for companies with products in the Wireless marketplace.


    About the Coach
    Rakesh Sood currently serves as Venture Advisor to Docomo Capital, a $100m fund targeting wireless start-ups in N. America. The fund has 19 portfolio companies to date.

    Previously, as a Partner for Reed Elsevier Ventures, Rakesh Sood established a west-coast presence in Palo Alto  for the London-based media company’s venture fund, and chalked up a strong performance for the fund with stellar returns. Prior to joining Reed Elsevier Ventures, Rakesh was a General Partner at Sprout Group in Menlo Park. As a senior Internet/software analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Company before Sprout, he led the IPO and research coverage of eBay, Priceline, ISS, Inktomi, and Exodus. At Goldman, he was ranked a leading E-Commerce/Internet analyst in the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Greenwich Surveys.

    Rakesh launched the wireless networking practice, co-founded the Internet franchise, and was closely involved with the initial public offerings of UUNET, Netscape, and Check Point Software, as a senior technology analyst for Hambrecht & Quist before joining Goldman.

    In senior operating roles prior to becoming an analyst, Rakesh was worldwide director of marketing and business development at AT&T's Personal Communications Systems division where he pioneered the handheld personal communicator, and previously held sales and marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Intel.

    Rakesh is a Charter Member of TiE, Silicon Valley. He received a BSEE/CS (with Distinction) from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India; an MS from the State University of New York, Stony Brook; and an MBA (Dean's List) in finance from the Wharton School.