Operator, Advisor & Investor in software companies.
Since its founding in 2008, Eric has run the day to day operations of the firm. Currently, heoversees the early and growth-stage technology practice. Eric began his career in television with ABC News in New York City moving to San Francisco in 1995. Before starting Ignite, Eric held a variety of senior-level commercial roles at Excite, Microsoft, and Yahoo! In 2018, Eric started Kohala Ventures, an independent seed fund. Eric lives in Marin County and is a proud father of two smart beautiful daughters.
Bharath joined Ignite in 2020 and leads the Operations and Enterprise Readiness practices for early and growth stage companies along with managing the internal operations for Ignite. Bharath started his career in finance as a bond trader at JP Morgan and left after 6 years to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. Most recently, Bharath lead the Supply Chain and Partnerships team at CasaOne and before that he ran the operations practice at Burrow. He is a proud NYC native and lives in Brooklyn.
Serving as commercial catalysts, Ignite elevates entrepreneurs by applying operational discipline to the mission at hand. We are a group of seasoned operators bringing commercial rigor to the day to day work that is the lifeblood of every company. Our mission is to connect great ideas with the scale and distribution of major industry players - and bring the Fortune 500 set closer to the heart of innovation.
The Ignite business model is oriented to align with the full life cycle of our portfolio companies helping them navigate all stages of their growth from product market fit<>go to market<>thought leadership<> M&A.
To support this vision - we built a multi-disciplinary and multi-industry network that is united by its ability to deliver impactful bursts of value during all the critical stages of a company's development.