|Bobby has been associated with technology since the first internet boom as a developer,management consultant, and investor. He spent nearly five years as a software developer at Bently Nevada, a 100% subsidiary of General Electric, and three years as a Strategy Consultant for Accenture Singapore, with a focus on engagements with media and telecom clients. Most recently, he launched the Singapore office for Elucido Media Networks, a start up funded by Trident Capital. On the Horizen Ventures team, he is a primary manager for four portfolio companies.
Bobby received a BS Degree from University of Pune in India, and he earned an MBA from the National University of Singapore.
|Kumar Vanka is a co-founder of Horizen Capital Group and Co-founder/ Partner at Horizen Ventures. Kumar has been an entrepreneur and a technology consultant since 1997. Previously, Kumar co-founded an enterprise software startup as well as an enterprise consulting startup. He also served as a Consulting Manager at a number of startups in Massachusetts, where he led many projects for Fortune 1000 clients with a focus on business-process reengineering, designing solutions using the latest wireless technologies. Beginning in 1990, Kumar was a consultant with IBM, where he led a team to build real-time process control solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing line, which led to direct improvements in the manufacturing process as well as costs. On the Horizen Ventures team, he is a primary manager for three portfolio companies.
Kumar holds a Masters in Computer Science from the City University of New York, and a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, India.
|Since arriving in NYC in 1994, Philip has been deeply immersed in technology, real estate, and entrepreneurial ventures. He has co-founded, led, funded and advised companies spanning three continents, including early dotcom's sixdegrees.com and Rare medium Ventures. Recent projects include Horizen Partners (social venture incubator), Stik.com (Facebook-integrated referrals) and Failure Club (an aspirational collaboration with Morgan Spurlock). He has advised South African start-ups and is now raising Horizen Ventures Africa, an early-stage fund in Cape Town.
He has summited Mt Kilimanjaro, completed two Ironman triathlons, and the Comrades Marathon. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Manhattan Association of Realtors. Philip attended the US Air Force Academy, where he studied Computer Science and Behavioral Science.