Unusual Ventures adds Sandhya Hegde to its investment team

The Menlo Park firm names Sandhya Hegde, formerly with Khosla and Sequoia in India, as its newest partner.

Unusual Ventures, which closed a $400 million second fund last year, announced it has hired Sandhya Hegde as a partner.

The Menlo Park, California-based firm was set up in early 2018 by John Vrionis, a former partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Jyoti Bansal, the founder of the Lightspeed-backed AppDynamics, which was sold to Cisco in 2017 for $3.7 billion.

The pair subsequently added Noah Carr as an enterprise partner and Andy Johns as a partner to focus on the firm’s consumer practice.

Hegde will focus on early-stage enterprise software-as-a-service start-ups.

In announcing Hegde’s appointment, Vrionis noted in a blog post that she came to the firm with experience as a founder and as an investor. She previously founded Blue Energy Software out of her dorm room at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

She then became the first woman to be hired at Sequoia Capital in India. From there, she moved to the US and became general partner at Khosla Ventures, where she led the firm’s impact fund for seed-stage emerging tech start-ups.

She spent the past four years in a variety of operating roles at Amplitude, where she helped the software data analytics company grow by $100 million in annual revenue.

“We connected over our shared belief that early-stage founders needed and deserved more from their investment partners,” Vrionis wrote. “She shares our passion for serving founders in the early years.”