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Rama Sekhar

Partner

Cybersecurity, AI, Cloud Infrastructure

Rama is a partner at Menlo Ventures, focused on investments in cybersecurity, AI, and cloud infrastructure. He is passionate about partnering with founders to build the next generation of cybersecurity, infrastructure, and observability companies for the new AI stack; his goal is to serve them a trusted advisor, earning the right to be their first call, for good news or bad. 

Rama joined Menlo after 15 years at Norwest Venture Partners, where he invested in a number of successful companies, including Algorithmia, Dremio, Harness, InfluxData, Numbers Station, Veza, and more. Rama was previously an investor at Comcast Ventures and also worked at Cisco, where he held roles as a systems engineer and product manager.

As the son of immigrants, Rama’s upbringing was steeped in the values of hard work and education. His father, a talented electrical engineer, and his mother, a dedicated math teacher, instilled in him a deep appreciation for the world of knowledge and innovation. Rama was predestined for a future in technology and engineering. Alongside that pursuit, he found inspiration in an unexpected place—the world of music. From his earliest school days to his college years, playing the trumpet provided an outlet for his creative spirit. The marriage of creativity and analytical problem-solving served as an early foundation for his career in venture capital. 

Rama earned his MBA from the Wharton School with a double major in finance and entrepreneurial management. He also holds a BS in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University with high honors. Beyond work, you can catch Rama jacking up threes on the basketball court, savoring his winemaker wife’s latest creations, rooting hopelessly for the NY Giants, and doubling as a human jungle gym for his two children.

Rama is a partner at Menlo Ventures, focused on investments in cybersecurity, AI, and cloud infrastructure. He is passionate about partnering with founders to build the next generation of cybersecurity, infrastructure, and observability companies for the new AI stack; his goal is to serve them a trusted advisor, earning the right to be their first call, for good news or bad. 

Rama joined Menlo after 15 years at Norwest Venture Partners, where he invested in a number of successful companies, including Algorithmia, Dremio, Harness, InfluxData, Numbers Station, Veza, and more. Rama was previously an investor at Comcast Ventures and also worked at Cisco, where he held roles as a systems engineer and product manager.

As the son of immigrants, Rama’s upbringing was steeped in the values of hard work and education. His father, a talented electrical engineer, and his mother, a dedicated math teacher, instilled in him a deep appreciation for the world of knowledge and innovation. Rama was predestined for a future in technology and engineering. Alongside that pursuit, he found inspiration in an unexpected place—the world of music. From his earliest school days to his college years, playing the trumpet provided an outlet for his creative spirit. The marriage of creativity and analytical problem-solving served as an early foundation for his career in venture capital. 

Rama earned his MBA from the Wharton School with a double major in finance and entrepreneurial management. He also holds a BS in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University with high honors. Beyond work, you can catch Rama jacking up threes on the basketball court, savoring his winemaker wife’s latest creations, rooting hopelessly for the NY Giants, and doubling as a human jungle gym for his two children.

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AI for Security: Eight Areas of Opportunity
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Security for AI: The New Wave of Startups Racing to Secure the AI Stack
February, 6 2024,

Investments

Our Portfolio
harness
harness

Harness’ Continuous-Delivery-as-a-Service platform enables every software engineering team in the world to deliver code reliably, efficiently and quickly to their users.

Milestones
  • 2016 Founded
  • 2017 Partnered, Series A
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Algorithmia combines the best AI, MLOps, and DevOps practices, establishing machine learning workflows and processes for IT, data scientists, and other teams that orchestrate machine learning models in production.

Algorithmia
Algorithmia combines the best AI, MLOps, and DevOps practices, establishing machine learning workflows and processes for IT, data scientists, and other teams that orchestrate machine learning models in production.
Acquired by DataRobot

Dremio is an open and easy data lakehouse, providing self-service SQL analytics, data warehouse performance and functionality, and data lake flexibility across all of your data.

Dremio
Dremio is an open and easy data lakehouse, providing self-service SQL analytics, data warehouse performance and functionality, and data lake flexibility across all of your data.

InfluxData is the leading platform for time series apps, helping developers build real-time IoT, analytics, and cloud applications with time-stamped data.

InfluxData
InfluxData is the leading platform for time series apps, helping developers build real-time IoT, analytics, and cloud applications with time-stamped data.

Numbers Station allows data workers to continuously train private AI models that embed internal tribal knowledge for quick, trusted, and accurate results.

Numbers Station AI
Numbers Station allows data workers to continuously train private AI models that embed internal tribal knowledge for quick, trusted, and accurate results.

Veza is an identity security company that enables organizations to understand, manage, and control who can and should take what action on what data.

Veza
Veza is an identity security company that enables organizations to understand, manage, and control who can and should take what action on what data.