Sateesh Andra is a Managing Partner at Ventureast, primarily overseeing the Ventureast Tenet Fund. He has served on the boards of Little Eye Labs (Facebook) and is currently on the boards of Seclore, Vortex Engineering, SmartRX and DesiCrew. Having seen the complete cycle of fund raising, investments, and exits via association with Ventureast, DFJ and Euclid, Sateesh approaches venture funding by working patiently with entrepreneurs through their highs and lows, till success is achieved.
Sateesh has worked with venture-backed technology start-ups in the U.S and India for the past 16 years. Prior to joining Ventureast, Sateesh was Venture Partner and one of the founding members of Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s (DFJ) India Team. As a private investor, Sateesh has also invested in seed stage American and Indian venture capital funds.
Prior to DFJ, Sateesh co-founded Euclid (Synnex), a leader in the IT Management Software space and was instrumental in raising VC funding ($35 M+), acquiring and managing marquee customers and partners. He has also served in product marketing and engineering leadership roles at Tsqware (Conexant), LSI Logic, and VLSI Technology (Philips). Sateesh holds U.S. patents in Communications and Networking and has published several articles on Business-IT Alignment.
Sateesh has a B.Tech degree from JNTU, Hyderabad, and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is actively involved with the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy with the objective of popularizing sports, and promoting fitness in the corporate world.
Sateesh is a professional table tennis player and is an advocate for Health Awareness Promotion Project India (HAPPI), which creates awareness about Non Communicable Diseases among IT professionals.