Fri, 01/02/2013 - 06:29
Early-stage investor Sunil Dhaliwal has launched Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm exclusively focused on Infrastructure 2.0 technology.
"Incumbent infrastructure vendors are vulnerable in a way the technology industry hasn't seen in over 25 years," says Dhaliwal (pictured). "Those vendors share over a trillion dollars of market value that is ripe for disruption by startups leveraging the technical, cultural, and go-to-market shifts that define Infrastructure 2.0. We intend to be the investor of choice for entrepreneurs who share that vision."
With financial backing from IT infrastructure executives, financial industry veterans and forward-thinking institutional investors, Amplify Partners has the flexibility to make initial investments ranging from USD50,000 to USD1.5m, while maintaining the capital reserves needed to support entrepreneurs through multiple rounds of funding. Current Amplify Partners portfolio companies include AppNeta, Continuuity, Datadog, Fastly, Wibidata, as well as multiple companies still in stealth mode.
Dhaliwal has 15 years of experience as an infrastructure investor and mentor to entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Amplify Partners, he was a general partner at Battery Ventures where he invested in category-defining IT infrastructure companies such as Opscode, Netezza (acquired by IBM), Splunk, CipherTrust (acquired by Secure Computing) and @stake (acquired by Symantec).
Farah Giga, principal, brings a mix of enterprise infrastructure venture capital experience from Valhalla Partners, as well as a long history of operating experience at HP and Hitachi Data Systems.
The core investment team is supported by a roster of Venture Amplifiers, a group of leaders from the IT infrastructure industry who share the Infrastructure 2.0 vision. Venture Amplifiers are directly incentivised to create value - through executive mentorship, recruiting support, customer development and technical advice - for Amplify Partners' portfolio companies through significant equity participation in the fund.
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