Global technology venture firm expands team to support growth in 2020
Los Angeles & Singapore, January 28th, 2020
B Capital, the global growth equity and venture capital firm, announced the addition of five new senior leaders including Rashmi Gopinath, a seasoned enterprise investor and advisor, as General Partner. The new hires will bring global leadership to areas including investing, investor relations and capital formation, and marketing, and re-affirm B Capital’s reputation as an emerging leader investing in B2B and B2B2C growth-stage startups around the world.
The announcement comes during a period of significant growth for the firm, which has already established a global presence with offices in Singapore, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since the beginning of 2019, B Capital has grown from 30 to nearly 50 team members across its investing, operations and platform teams. B Capital was founded in 2016 by Raj Ganguly, Eduardo Saverin and Howard Morgan with the investing in transformative technology that can scale across borders and has since made investments in companies with a presence on nearly every continent.
“I’m thrilled to join the B Capital team and help expand our excellent record of investing into new Enterprise sub-sectors,” Rashmi said. “B Capital has developed a proven model where our partnerships with BCG, as well as established corporates, makes a meaningful difference when helping the portfolio grow and scale. I was especially attracted to B Capital’s belief that innovation can come from anywhere, and I’m excited to help grow our portfolio.”
Rashmi joins B Capital Group from M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture group, where she was Managing Director and led investments globally in Enterprise technology. She brings deep expertise in sub-sectors including cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, dev ops, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. B Capital’s portfolio already includes several Enterprise technology companies including Icertis, a cloud contract management solution and Journera, which provides software to create seamless and secure customer experiences. Rashmi will be based in B Capital’s San Francisco office.
In addition to Ms. Gopinath, B Capital welcomed Cristina Costa as Principal, Elizabeth Allin as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and Menka Sajnani and Heather Judd who join as the Head of Investor Relations for Asia and Head of Investor Relations for the U.S. and Europe, respectively. Each will play a global role leading key functions and teams in areas of increasing importance to the firm, contributing a combined five decades of experience working with venture capital, private equity, growth technology, capital formation and business development:
- Cristina Costa, Principal, joins B Capital from Primary Venture Partners, where she focused on seed-stage investments in B2B companies across multiple sectors, including Enterprise, SMB, and Healthcare. She is based in New York.
- Elizabeth Allin, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, was previously Vice President of Communications at financial technology startup Affirm, where she oversaw internal and external communications as well as social media. She is based in San Francisco.
- Heather Judd, Head of Investor Relations for the U.S. and Europe, joins B Capital from growth technology investor Glynn Capital, where she led global fundraising and investor relations efforts. She is based in San Francisco.
- Menka Sajnani, Head of Investor Relations for Asia, previously worked as Head of Fundraising at Jungle Ventures, where she oversaw all capital formation for the firm as well as supporting fundraising for Jungle’s portfolio. She is based in Singapore.
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Rashmi, Elizabeth, Menka, Chrissy and Heather to B Capital,” said Managing Partner and co-founder Raj Ganguly. “We set out to build a firm that attracts not only the best talent, but people who have deep and diverse expertise that can add value for our portfolio companies. We’re very happy to have Rashmi’s leadership as General Partner and her knowledge of how companies scale across verticals, from enterprise software to cybersecurity.”
Since its inception, B Capital has recognized that partnerships between groundbreaking entrepreneurs and corporate leaders can be mutually transformative. Venture capital firms are consistently challenged by a lack of infrastructure and resources to connect these two disparate groups. Founded in partnership with Boston Consulting Group, B Capital’s unique value proposition is a platform that bridges this divide, connecting entrepreneurs in need of the resources to scale their businesses with corporations seeking to innovate and partner with emerging technologies.
About B Capital Group
B Capital Group is a global firm specializing in equity investing in venture and growth-stage companies that have achieved traction with customers. Through our extensive global network and exclusive partnership with The Boston Consulting Group, B Capital helps high growth startups navigate business challenges, raise capital and attract talented leadership at key points of their journeys to scale. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Singapore, B Capital believes innovation can come from anywhere. Our unique multinational presence and deep industry knowledge have enabled us to build a portfolio of B2B and B2B2C startups that are transforming large traditional industries across borders and geographies. Portfolio companies include AImotive, Atomwise, Blackbuck, Bounce, Bright.md, CXA, Evidation Health, Icertis, INTURN, Plastiq, Ninja Van, Notable Labs and SilverCloud Health.