Tim Guleri

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Tim Guleri
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OccupationManaging director, Sierra Ventures[1]

Tim Guleri is an American venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He is the managing director of Sierra Ventures of San Mateo, California.[2][3][4][5] Prior to joining Sierra Ventures, Guleri helped build Scopus Technology[6] and founded Octane Software.[3][2][7]

Early life and education[edit]

Tim Guleri received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India.[6][5] He received his Masters Degree in Robotics and Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech[8][9] in 1988[3] and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2006.[10] He sold books door to door to put himself through graduate school.[6]


In September 1989, Guleri became part of the information technology team at LSI Logic Corporation.[2][3] In 1992, he joined Scopus Technology, a customer relationship management software company,[4] where he was vice president of field operations[8][5][11] until 1996.[2][3] Scopus went public in 1995, and was acquired by Seibel Systems in 1998 for $750 million.[8][12][13]

Guleri founded the ecommerce company Octane Software in 1997.[14][2] He was the CEO of Octane until it sold to Epiphany, Inc. in 2000.[4][11][9] Guleri led the merger of the two companies.[8][5] and served as the executive vice president of Epiphany from March 2000 until February 2001.[6][2][3] He joined Sierra Ventures, a venture capital fund, as managing director of the software team in 2001.[4][6][5] At Sierra, Guleri worked with investments in software and open source development. Through his investments from Sierra, he has taken companies Sourcefire and MakeMyTrip public.[9] In February 2014, Shape Security raised $40 million in Series C funding from Sierra Ventures and other funds.[15]

Other activities[edit]

During his time at Sierra Ventures, Guleri has led investments and served on the board of directors for companies such as MakeMyTrip.com, an online flight booking service based in India,[7] CodeGreen Networks,[16] Approva,[7] Ventaso, a business software company,[17] Greenplum,[18] Again Technologies,[19] BINA Technologies[20][21] and Sourcefire.[7] He currently sits on the board of directors for companies including Treasure Data,[22][23] LeadGenius,[24] DotNetNuke,[7] and Hired.com, a startup company that aims to make the job search and hiring employees easier.[25]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c d e f "Aditya Tim Guleri". 4-Traders. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
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  5. ^ a b c d e "Tim Guleri Managing Director, Sierra Ventures". OReilly Media. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e Peter Delevett (July 5, 2013). "Elevator Pitch: Tim Guleri Of Sierra Ventures". SiliconBeat. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e Jack M. Germain (January 29, 2010). "Startup, Know Thyself: Q&A With Sierra Ventures Managing Director Tim Guleri". ECommerce Times. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d "Tim Guleri". OReilly Media. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Management Team". Foundation's Edge. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  10. ^ "Academy of Distinguished Alumni". Virginia Tech. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Tim Guleri". TiE Silicon Valley. Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  12. ^ "Company News; Siebel to Acquire Scopus for $460 Million". The New York Times. March 3, 1998. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  13. ^ Cath Everett (March 3, 1998). "Siebel acquires Scopus for $460 million". V3.co.uk. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  14. ^ Mike Ricciuti (March 15, 2000). "E-commerce software firms combine in $3 billion deal". CNet. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  15. ^ Primack, Dan. "Deals of the day: Shape Security raises $40 million". Fortune. Fortune. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Code Green Networks raises $15M". Silicon Valley Business Journal. January 30, 2006. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  17. ^ "Ventaso raises $20 million". San Francisco Business Times. August 6, 2001. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  18. ^ "Greenplum hires new CEO, raises $15 million". San Francisco Business Times. February 6, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  19. ^ "Again Technologies raises $9.3M". San Francisco Business Times. August 24, 2000. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  20. ^ Lisa Ward (March 21, 2013). "The Funded: BINA Technologies". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  21. ^ Rip Empson (March 25, 2013). "With $6.25M In Tow, Bina Technologies Wants To Bring Big Data Insight To Genomic Sequencing". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  22. ^ Derrick Harris (July 23, 2013). "Treasure Data raises $5M, fuses Hadoop and data warehouse in Amazon's cloud". GigaOm. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  23. ^ Cromwell Schubarth (July 24, 2013). "Jerry Yang-backed Treasure Data raises $5M". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  24. ^ Wes Selke (November 13, 2014). "LeadGenius Raises $6M Series A Round Led by Sierra Ventures". Better Ventures. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  25. ^ Billy Gallagher (March 24, 2014). "Hired Raises $15M Series A At Valuation Around $60M". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 23, 2015.