Philosophy

Bow Capital’s mission is to help grow companies that use technology to advance society and make the world a better place. Our name pays homage to the revolutionary innovators who forever changed the trajectory of mankind with the creation of the bow and arrow. We capitalize on our expertise and relationships with the University of California, other funds, incubators, entertainment and media, industry leaders, and accomplished entrepreneurs to help companies we partner with achieve escape velocity.

Our Values

Excellence
foster a culture of exceptionalism
Integrity
have integrity as individuals, as an 
organization and with our stakeholders
Openness
be open to ideas, people, and business models
Hard work
outwork everyone and have an impact
Collaboration
collaborate with others without ego

Portfolio

Team

Vivek Ranadivé
Grady Burnett
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Vivek Ranadivé
Founder & Managing General Partner
Vivek Ranadivé

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest  companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” which defines his  belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right  time, you can make the world a better place.

Ranadivé is a longtime basketball fan, which started when he coached his daughter’s middle school team. His coaching success was highlighted in a New Yorker magazine article by Malcolm Gladwell, as an example of innovators who win big by doing the unexpected and breaking the rules.

He started his foray into professional basketball when he became the co-owner and vice chairman of the Golden State Warriors NBA franchise in 2010.

In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing the team’s future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings are investing $1 billion in the downtown area, creating thousands of jobs, revitalizing the region and building the next great American city.

At the heart of the investment is Golden 1 Center, the new home of the Sacramento Kings. This 21st-century coliseum is the greenest and most technologically advanced arena in the world. Golden 1 Center is 100 percent solar powered and is the first sports venue in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification making it a model for innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

In 2016, Ranadivé founded Bow Capital in partnership with the University of California with a vision to invest in value-driven startups, many emerging from the UC system. Vivek’s vision is to help entrepreneurs who are using technology to create companies that advance society and make the world a better place.

As a young boy in his native Bombay, Ranadivé listened to the moon landing on the radio and was inspired at the age of 16 to leave India for Cambridge, Massachusetts. After earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, he earned an MBA at Harvard where he was a Baker Scholar.

Grady Burnett
General Partner
Grady Burnett

Grady has been an active participant, leader and innovator in technology, philanthropy and sports. Grady, his wife Amy and their children live in the San Francisco Bay Area where they are active members of the community. Grady has spent the majority of his career at the intersection of media and technology in the digital advertising world.

Most recently Grady served as President & COO of HackerRank. Prior to this role, Grady served as the COO of Flurry, which was sold to Yahoo. Before that, Grady was the Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, where he was responsible for global sales, account management and customer service for Facebook. Earlier, Grady served as the Director of Online Sales and Operations for Google’s AdWords team in North America and prior to that served as the Vice President of Agency Sales for DoubleClick.

Grady cofounded Bow Capital with a mission to leverage his experience and network to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

In addition to his career in advertising and management, Grady was a professional tennis player for 3 years. He serves on the Board of East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring (EPATT), Phillips Brooks School and Kenshoo, Ltd (www.kenshoo.com). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Suraj Patel
Investment Team
Suraj Patel

Suraj joined Bow Capital in 2016 to help form the firm’s investment process and operations.

Prior to Bow Capital, Suraj was at Looker where he ran their west coast sales engineering team. Suraj also worked as a Solution’s Consultant at TIBCO software and started his career at Wells Fargo.

Suraj lives in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.