Ketan Patel

Ketan Patel is the managing director of NexStar Partners, an early-growth VC fund focused on mobile and wireless innovations.  NexStar Partners focuses on investments in the IoT/Connected Devices, Next Generation Wireless Networking, Mobile Media, and Mobile/IT Security. 

Between 2006 and 2015, Ketan worked at New Venture Partners where he focused on mobile and cloud computing investments across the value chain.

Previously, he worked in a variety of operating roles encompassing startups and large multinational corporations such as Cavium Networks (IT Security), eMpowerTel Networks (VoIP), Tiara Networks (edge-aggregations routers), MIPS Technologies, and SGI.    

Ketan holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Current investments include: Cohere Technologies, Vasona Networks

Prior investments include: GainSpan, Neohapsis (acquired by CSCO), Aetherpal, Intelleflex, Shopwell (acquired by Yottamark), SiPort (acquired by INTC)