Storm Ventures brings on two new companions at enterprise-focused agency


In a city filled with enterprise capital companies, Storm Ventures has made its mark with a singular give attention to the enterprise. This week, the corporate introduced it has taken on two freshly minted companions, Arun Penmetsa and Paul Willard, to proceed the mission. They’re doubling the variety of companions with this announcement.

Penmetsa has been a principal at Storm for the final three.5 years earlier than being promoted to companion lately. Earlier than becoming a member of Storm he labored as an engineer at Oracle and Google. In the meantime, Willard, who was beforehand a companion at Subtraction Capital and has had stints as CMO at Atlassian and Apply Fusion additionally joined Storm as a companion this yr.

The 2 males be part of a agency with over $800 million in property underneath administration and every brings actual world expertise working at profitable enterprise firms

Willard says he felt like he discovered kindred spirits when began speaking to the parents at Storm as a result of their mission matched so nicely along with his work serving to younger enterprise firms. “A part of the explanation I got here on board is I align so nicely with them,” Willard instructed TechCrunch.

As he identified, the corporate has been working with early-stage enterprise startups for the previous 17 years and most VC companies in Silicon Valley are missing that concentrated enterprise expertise. “Everybody else may need a companion or two, however the enterprise is just not the [primary] focus of their existence,” he stated.

Penmetsa, who was employed by Storm out of graduate faculty at Stanford, has labored his manner up the corporate the ladder the quaint manner. He says working at a enterprise capital firm that emphasizes the enterprise has its benefits. “Storm’s technique is fairly targeted on enterprise and enterprise SaaS firms. We give attention to that one space, and spending extra time in that space, we’ve got some sense of how [enterprise] firms evolve. It’s not a blueprint, however patterns do emerge,” he defined.

In his function at Storm earlier than the promotion, Penmetsa labored with quite a lot of enterprise startups together with TruStar Expertise, a safety startup concentrating on risk data sharing and ShoCard, a blockchain identification startup. He plans to proceed to taking a look at safety, whereas additionally exploring digital healthcare as nicely.

Willard, who was an aerospace engineer at Boeing within the 1990s, has a ardour for airline-related startups, and when he was at Subtraction he helped plenty of firms together with Zipline, which is constructing robotic airplanes to ship emergency provides like blood and drugs and Growth, an organization constructing a brand new era of supersonic transport planes. He plans to convey that have to bear at Storm as nicely. Whereas he says that he’s open to speaking to any enterprise software program startup, he has his eye on Robotics as a Service and drone firms specifically in the meanwhile.

The 2 new companions are already on board and at work at Storm. At this time marks the formal announcement of their hiring.


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