Golden Gate Ventures expands team with advisor and two new hires

The Southeast Asia-focused venture firm has named Stephen Ciesinski as a senior advisor, Tram Nguyen as an associate and Nishal Hiranandani as an analyst.

  • Stanford’s Stephen Ciesinski joins as a senior advisor
  • Tram Nguyen comes aboard as an associate on the investment team in Vietnam
  • Nishal Hiranandani joins as an analyst in Indonesia

Golden Gate Ventures, a Southeast Asia-focused venture capital firm, has hired Silicon Valley executive and professor Stephen Ciesinski as a senior advisor.

Ciesinski is a faculty member at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, as well as an advisor to several VC funds and private enterprises spanning three continents. Ciesinski will share insights on global tech trends to help Golden Gate’s portfolio.

Also, the venture firm has named Tram Nguyen as an associate on the investment team in Vietnam and Nishal Hiranandani as analyst in Indonesia.

Nguyen will work across Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to identify opportunities, review deals and target cross-border synergies to cross-pollinate ideas, business models and success cases.

Hiranandani was recently on the strategy team leading financing projects for Warung Pintar, which provides financial access to Indonesia’s millions of micro, small and medium enterprises. He will working with Golden Gate’s partners to identify early-stage investment companies and manage deals from sourcing to closure.

“The addition of Tram and Nishal to the team comes at an importnt point in Golden Gate Ventures’ own growth story to support the opportunities that are continuing to emerge at lightspeed,” founding partner Vinnie Lauria said in a statement.

Since 2011, Golden Gate Ventures has launched four funds and invested in more than 60 companies.