Meet the team
Founder & Managing Partner
Anna is the Founder and Managing Partner at Gradient Ventures, overseeing the fund’s global activities.
Anna is an accomplished leader in the field of artificial intelligence, is a serial entrepreneur, and has a long history at Google. Prior to starting Gradient Ventures, Anna was Google’s Vice President of Engineering in AI - integrating AI into products across Google. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Square Inc.
Early in her career at Google, she helped launch and scale Android to over a billion phones, launched Google Play, and led the search, infrastructure, recommendations horizontals. Anna was the principal architect and inventor of TeraGoogle, Google’s search serving system, which increased the index size over 10X at the time of launch. She also helped lead search ranking efforts through Google’s IPO to determine the top ten search results.
Anna co-founded Cuil, a clustering-based search engine, and wrote Recall.archive.org, the first keyword-based search engine and the largest index of the Internet Archive. She wrote “Why writing your own search engine is hard” in the ACM Queue detailing this experience. Prior to that, Anna co-founded and co-authored a search engine at Xift.
Anna received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana then became a Research Scientist at Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence, where she worked with one of the founders of AI, John McCarthy, and his wife Carolyn Talcott.
Anna resides in the Bay Area, where she wrangles her 4 kids, 2 horses and her Irish husband.
Ankit Jain is a Founding Partner at Gradient Ventures and a Director of Engineering at Google.
Previously, he was Vice President of Product at SimilarWeb which he joined via the acquisition of mobile intelligence startup Quettra that he founded and led as CEO.
Prior to Quettra, Ankit was the Head of Search, Discovery and Infrastructure for Google Play, which he joined through the acquisition of Cuil. At Cuil, he helped build several parts of a web, real time and social search engines from scratch.
Ankit received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (Cal) in 2007 and his MS in Computer Science with a focus on Parallel and Distributed Computing from Cal in 2008. He received a Certificate in Management of Technology from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at Cal in 2008.
Shabih Rizvi is a Founding Partner at Gradient Ventures.
Shabih was most recently a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) on the Venture Investment Team.
While at the firm he was actively involved with investments in TrueCaller, Mobcrush, Veem and Ujet. In addition, he helped the firm build their seed program. He served as advisor to KPCB’s portfolio companies Flipagram and Victorious.
Prior to KPCB Shabih held a variety of roles at Google. He was most recently a member of the Google Play team, where he founded and led the startup outreach program. Prior to Google Play, Shabih worked on the Mobile Apps Lab team which built SMB products. His primary focus was scaling TalkBin (Acquired by Google) to enterprise clients. Shabih joined Google after Google’s acquisition of AdMob, where he was a manager on the Business Development team. He began his career at Genentech in the Operations Rotational Development Program.
Shabih received a BA in Operations Research and Management Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Zach Bratun-Glennon is a Partner at Gradient Ventures.
Previously, Zach led acquisitions and investments as a member of Google’s Corporate Development team, with a focus on Google’s Cloud, Ads and Commerce businesses.
Prior to Google, Zach advised software and internet companies as an investment banker, strategizing and executing IPO, M&A, investment and financing opportunities. Earlier in his career, Zach managed trading strategies as a quant and data scientist for a leading energy trading hedge fund.
Zach received his BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia. He received his JD from the UCLA School of Law, and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Muzzammil (MZ) Zaveri
Muzzammil is a Partner at Gradient Ventures.
Prior to joining Gradient, Muzzammil was part of the venture team at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB). While there, he was actively involved with investments in BuddyBuild (acquired by Apple), Incorta, FullStory, UJET, Figma, Zumper and Feather. During his tenure there he helped spearhead their renewed seed stage investing efforts.
Prior to Kleiner, he was part of Tencent’s investment team in Palo Alto, CA focusing primarily on early-stage investments. At Tencent he worked on investments in companies such as Vurb (acquired by Snapchat), Tile, Satellogic, and Weebly to name a few.
Muzzammil was featured on 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital. He holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.
Hrishikesh (Rish) Joshi
Rish is a Senior Associate on the Investment Team at Gradient Ventures.
Prior to joining Gradient, Rish co-founded Siftpage, a financial technology company building an analytics & visualization platform for SEC filings, and was an investor at Sierra Ventures focused on vertical AI, enterprise SaaS, and marketplaces.
Rish did his graduate work in deep learning at MIT with MacArthur Fellow Professor Regina Barzilay, developing a recurrent CNN-based model that achieved state-of-the-art results for question retrieval in community QA forums. His thesis work Semi-supervised Question Retrieval with Gated Convolutions was published in NAACL in 2016.
Rish graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Computer Science & Mathematics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.
Founding Manager of Operations
Kelsey is the Founding Manager of Operations at Gradient Ventures, specializing in administrative and investment support.
Prior to Google, Kelsey spent 5 years in Washington, DC working at the Federal Trade Commission in merger review and consumer protection.
Kelsey received her BS in Community Development and Public Policy from the University of California, Davis.
Brandon is the Marketing Lead at Gradient Ventures.
Prior to joining the team, he worked on Google Cloud’s Growth Incubator - launching new products like Google Domains, the fastest growing domain registrar.
Brandon has been an entrepreneur from a young age. At 10, he started a video production company and later founded Proof Provider, a digital asset inventory company that helped safeguard millions of homeowners valuables. Most recently, he was the Co-founder and CEO of Tallyo, a software company that provided brands and retailers with authentic pre-purchase insights to better understand consumers and products. He led product development, design, operations, fundraising, and marketing. In his free-time, he coaches early stage companies and founders to help them launch and scale their business successfully.
Brandon received a BA in Business Marketing from Miami University, Ohio.
Brittany is the Events Lead and Administrative Business Partner at Gradient Ventures, specializing in administrative, marketing and event support.
Prior to Gradient Ventures, Brittany worked on the Google Play team for three years supporting multiple executives and leading internal and external events for 50 to 5,000 attendees. Previous to Google Play, Brittany held roles in Recruiting at both Google and Netflix.
Brittany has a BS in Experience Industry Management with a concentration in Business & Event Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Thomas is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Gradient Ventures.
Prior to joining Gradient, he was the co-founder and CTO at Cape, a tech startup that launched the world’s first commercial teleoperation of drones via the web. Cape has raised a total of $18 million, and became Gradient’s first investment alongside NEA.
Before co-founding Cape, Thomas spent 2.5 years at Google & Google[x], where he specialized in large-scale machine learning and personalized recommender systems for more than a billion users.
While he was a PhD student in AI at the University of Texas, Austin, he also co-founded 3DS, a global nonprofit promoting student entrepreneurship that has run 400 programs across 170 universities on 6 continents with 12,000+ student participants. The 3DS alumni have launched 130+ tech startups that have collectively raised over $150 million in funding.
Senior Staff Engineer | Startup Rotation Pioneer
Mike joined Gradient Ventures in its early days to help establish and pioneer the Startup Rotation Program - a unique program that pairs seasoned Google Engineers with early-stage portfolio companies. Mike made the move after a long and diverse career at Google ranging from deep technical problem solving, leading teams and managing organizations.
His most recent imprints on the world include bringing Location History to life from 10 million to 500 million users on Google Maps, Google Now, and many other product surfaces. This feat was rife with machine intelligence problems at every [street] corner, large-scale sensory data collection, and real-time compute together with machine learning tasks. Mike also worked on Google+ Search, Personalization, WebSearch Ranking, and many special projects.
He joined Google right after his graduation from the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he developed an affinity for Machine Learning as part of their very first software engineering program cohort. While at Google, Mike continues to take classes at Stanford and seeks out learning opportunities - including intense one on one exec coaching engagements, mindfulness/presence practices, and the process of working through challenging technical situations.
Dr. Astro Teller
Captain of Moonshots, X
Dr. Astro Teller is currently Captain of Moonshots (CEO) of X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory for building magical, audacious ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality.
Before joining Google / Alphabet, Astro was the co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, an investment management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning.
Astro was also the co-founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company. Prior to starting BodyMedia, Dr. Teller was co-founding CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator. Before his tenure as a business executive, Dr. Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford's Center for Integrated Systems, and The Carnegie Group Incorporated. Dr. Teller holds a BS in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic and heuristic computation, also from Stanford University, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship. Through his work as a scientist, an inventor, and as an entrepreneur, Teller holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. Astro is also a successful novelist and screenwriter.
VP, Engineering & VR, YouTube
Jeremy Doig has been at Google since 2004, where he is currently a Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering at YouTube. Prior to YouTube, Jeremy founded Google’s Video Infrastructure Team, the Chrome Media and Virtual Reality engineering teams. His efforts span public technology standards including AOM, WebRTC, VP8/9, EME, DASH and HTML5 media tags - broadly, coding and distribution technologies for online interactive entertainment.
Prior to joining Google, Jeremy’s professional career spanned several startups and public companies such as Microsoft (Hotmail, the Microsoft Network, Search and Messenger), the BBC and The Multimedia Corporation specializing in interactive media content, Online Magic (online distribution), and financial trading systems/portfolio theory.
Jeremy has qualifications in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, The Institut National Des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes (France) and Masters research at The University of Kent at Canterbury in structured information systems.
VP, Marketing, Google
Marvin has worked across technology, sports and entertainment for 20 years. He is currently VP of Global Marketing at Google, where he oversees some of their largest and most strategic products and technologies, including Search, the Google Assistant, Maps, Chrome, Photos, Gmail and AI/Machine Learning.
Previously, Marvin held marketing, innovation and leadership positions at Nike and Nickelodeon in the US and across Asia in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai. He also serves as an advisor at WayUp, Gifs.com and TheFreshToast.
VP, Design, Google
Matias Duarte is Vice President of Material Design and Engineering at Google, responsible for design consistency, design tools, and UX best practices. Prior to founding Material Design, Matías was VP of Design for Android up to the Lollipop release, including Auto, Wear, and TV. His team also designed the Nexus products.
Prior to Google, Matias designed multiple beloved mobile platforms. At Palm he launched WebOS. At Helio he created the Ocean phones, and at Danger he led the design of the T-Mobile Sidekick. Matías received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in College Park. His ongoing mission is to make computers delightful.
Dr. Peter Norvig
Research Director, AI, Google
Peter Norvig is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. At Google he was Director of Search Quality, responsible for the core web search algorithms then Director of Research since 2005.
Previously he was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a research faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley Computer Science Department, from which he received a PhD in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He has over fifty publications in Computer Science, concentrating on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Software Engineering, including the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence.
Dr. Ray Kurzweil
Director of Engineering, Machine Intelligence, Google
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate futuristic predictions. Called "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." Ray has received a Grammy (for music technology), the National Medal of Technology, has been inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame by the U.S. Patent Office and has received 21 honorary doctorates. Ray is also a Director of Engineering at Google, heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.