Sanat Rao is a Venture Partner at IDG Ventures India where he manages the Seed Investment program to identify and invest in disruptive early-stage deep technology firms. He also works closely with the IDG Portfolio on Investments and M&A. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry across Venture Capital, M&A and Operational roles.
Prior to IDG Ventures, Sanat was a Partner, Corporate Development and M&A at ISPIRT, where he was responsible for 12 M&A transactions in the Indo-US corridor. He was an active angel investor with investments in Artificial Intelligence and SaaS companies.
Sanat has previously held roles on the Investment & Corporate Development teams at Intel Capital where he was involved with several transactions including PCCW, OPlus & Infineon. He led Intel's $100M Embedded business in emerging markets including India, Latin America and South East Asia. Sanat has also held several senior positions in engineering and marketing at Intel in Santa Clara, CA and Phoenix, AZ.
Sanat is an Advisor to the Saha Fund, India's first venture fund for women entrepreneurs, and is an active mentor at Microsoft Ventures India. He has a MS in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech & is a visiting faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.