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Founder and General Partner
Ullas Naik founded Streamlined Ventures with a vision of building a thought leading investment platform rooted in the philosophical belief that founders of companies are the true heroes of entrepreneurial value creation in our society. Streamlined Ventures invests in and supports visionary founders working on transformational applications and business infrastructure software companies. Ullas is a seasoned venture capitalist, angel investor and entrepreneur with over two decades of entrepreneurial and early stage investment experience across over 350 companies. Prior to founding Streamlined Ventures, he co-founded investment firm Cota Capital. Prior to that, Ullas was a senior member of the investment team for 12 years at Globespan Capital and helped build the firm. He has also been an active angel investor over the last 22 years during which he invested in over 60 companies spanning Internet 1.0, Web 2.0, mobile web, social web, enterprise computing as well as disruptive technologies in other domains such as robotics and wearable computing. Before his institutional investing career Ullas was a top ranked Wall Street research analyst at FAC Equities/First Albany. He was recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine as a Wall Street All Star. Prior to that, Ullas received an MBA degree after starting a chemicals trading business in India. He also has a bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry.
Nicky’s background is in building and scaling early-stage companies. Prior to joining Streamlined Ventures, Nicky was Director of Growth and Operations at Skillshare, where she joined as an early employee. At Skillshare, she was responsible for scaling the supply side of the platform, leading new market expansion, and launching their subscription and B2B offerings. She also worked at Wildfire (acquired by Google) and Balderton Capital, a leading European venture capital firm. Nicky holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from London Business School.
Director of Finance
Zach brings strong experience in fund operations, financial reporting, and tax compliance to Streamlined Ventures. Prior to starting at Streamlined, Zach focused on back office operations and financial reporting at SVB Capital. Zach spearheaded SVB Capital’s annual tax compliance and provided quarterly financial statement reviews while managing the cash, lines of credit, and public securities for all funds. Zach began his career in public accounting at Frank, Rimerman + Co where he passed all four sections of the CPA exam. In his time at Frank, Rimerman + Co., Zach focussed in tax compliance and consulting for individuals, start-ups, and venture capital funds. Zach holds a bachelor of science in accounting and economics from the University of Arizona.
Director of Marketing and Venture Operations
Michelle brings a strong background of innovative marketing, brand building, and partnership cultivation to the firm. Michelle’s background includes experience with both startups and venture capital. Prior to Streamlined Ventures, Michelle focused on performance marketing and communications for small to mid-sized startups. She previously worked at Comcast Ventures in marketing and operations where she focused on establishing operational processes and building brand awareness. Michelle graduated from Santa Clara University, where she completed her B.A. in Philosophy.