CRV, Menlo add to their teams, and a monthly recap of other VCs on the Move

CRV boosts enterprise team with two hires

CRV has tapped two new additions to its enterprise team. Joining the firm are Anna Khan as general partner and Kristin Baker Spohn as venture partner. Khan was most recently a vice president at Bessemer Venture Partners while Spohn was previously with Social Capital and has been an active angel investor.


Khan will focus her investments in enterprise software and said she is particularly interested in the unbundling of large archaic industries. While at Bessemer, she sourced such startups as Intercom, NewVoiceMedia (acquired by Vonage) and ScaleFactor, where she was a board director. While studying at Harvard Business School, she founded Launch X, an accelerator that helps female entrepreneurs learn how to raise capital for their businesses.


As an angel investor, Spohn has backed and Modern Life, and has served on several boards of directors. As an operator, she scaled two healthcare tech companies, including Collective Health and Castlight Health through the its IPO. She also was an investor in the San Francisco healthcare group of Goldman Sachs.

Oak HC/FT announces promotions


Oak HC/FT, which recently announced it raised $800 million for its oversubscribed third fund, announced several promotions. Nancy Brown, who joined the firm in 2014 and focuses on growth equity and early stage venture deals in healthcare, was named general partner. In addition, Dan Petrozzo, Matt Streisfeld and Michelle Daubar were each named partner. Plus, Ravi Singh was tapped as CFO.

Menlo Ventures recruits new partner to firm


Menlo Ventures has hired Jean-Paul Sanday as a partner. Previously, he worked at Summit Partners as an inflection-stage investor. Announced in February, Menlo Ventures’ Inflection Fund is a $500 million fund that backs companies at their early breakout point between venture and late-stage growth. The firm invests in early-stage deals from a separate $450 million fund.

Upfront boosts team with two new partners

Upfront Ventures, which is seeking to raise $250 million towards a third growth fund, according to a regulatory filing  from the summer, has added two new general partners. Joining the Santa Monica, California-based firm is Aditi Maliwal as a partner. She previously was a product manager at Google. Upfront also promoted principal Michael Carney to partner. He joined the firm in 2015 and was previously an editor at Pandodaily and was on the founding team at Worldvest, a boutique merchant bank. The firm is led by Managing Partners Mark Suster and Yves Sisteron.

Greylock names Saam Motamedi general partner

Greylock Partners has named Saam Motamedi a general partner. Motamedi joined the firm in 2016 and currently serves as a board director at two companies. He has a particular focus on data and machine learning, applied AI, application software and cybersecurity. Before joining Greylock, he was a co-founder of Guru Labs and worked in product management at RelateIQ, which Salesforce acquired. At Greylock, Motamedi has worked on multiple startups, including Blend, Clockwise, Spoke, Notable Health, Avi Networks and four additional companies whose deals are unannounced.

Trinity promotes one and hires two

Trinity Ventures has promoted John Lin to principal. The early-stage tech venture firm has hired Prakash Ramamurthy as operating partner, and Lisa Coca has joined as an executive-in-residence.

Villi Iltchev joins Two Sigma Ventures

Two Sigma Ventures has tapped Villi Iltchev as a partner. Iltchev was most recently a partner with August Capital, which he joined in 2016. Prior to August, he held operating roles at enterprise software companies Box and Lifelock, and investing and corporate development roles at Salesforce and HP.

FirstMark taps Nelson as partner

FirstMark Capital has named Adam Nelson as a partner, according to an announcement on the New York City-based early-stage venture firm. Nelson’s past roles including serving as an investing partner at Social Capital and head of revenue partnerships at Dropbox.

Floodgate adds Shawn Xu as senior associate

Floodgate has added Shawn Xu to its investment team as a senior associate. Xu is a graduate of Wharton’s MBA program, and while in business school was a managing partner at First Round Capital‘s Dorm Room Fund.

ICONIQ adds Pepper as GP to team

ICONIQ Capital has named Doug Pepper as a general partner on the firm’s growth equity team. Previously, Pepper was a managing director at Shasta Ventures. He has also worked at InterWest Partners.

Sapphire Ventures hires two VPs

Sapphire Ventures has hired Cathy Gao and Nate Leung as vice presidents. Previously, Gao worked at AXA Venture Partners while Leung was at Industry Ventures.