Somesh Dash is a Silicon Valley-based technology investor. He works for Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), a leading technology-focused Venture Capital fund. He focuses primarily on investments in Internet, software, mobile and technology-enabled services companies. Somesh led or participated in IVP’s investments in Akamai, Business Insider, CafePress, Clearspring Technologies, comScore, Danger, Dropbox, Fleetmatics, Klout, LivingSocial, mySQL, Netflix, Personal Capital, Quigo, Shazam, Twitter and Zynga. He is also an advisor to a number of early stage technology companies.
Prior to joining IVP, Somesh was with the Corporate Finance Division of Credit Suisse’s Technology Investment Banking Group. He also worked for the Corporate Development Division of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) in Mumbai, India.
Somesh is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and was formerly a member of the Haas Alumni Board and Haas Development Board at UC Berkeley. He co-founded the Haas Alumni Network Chapter in India and the Bay Area Chapter of the American India Foundation (AIF). He also founded Suchana, an education focused nonprofit targeting diabetes awareness in India.
Somesh earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.