TAU VENTURES

AI-first, seed-first fund in digital health,
automation (cars, drones, robots) & enterprise

Companies

The Team

Amit Garg
Amit Garg
Partner

I am currently Managing Partner at Tau Ventures, a $15M seed fund in Palo Alto focused on applied AI in digital health, automation (cars, drones, robots), and enterprise.

Key investments I have worked on in the past include UniKey (smart locks), nuTonomy (self-driving cars, sold for $450M), BioBeats (machine learning for human well-being), Glooko (diabetes management), Cohero Health (respiratory management), Terapede (low-dosage X-ray detection), Figure1 (medical communication), HealthifyMe (fitness and health-tracking),  Healthy.io (home-based urinalysis) and RapidDeploy (cloud-based emergency response).

I have been in Silicon Valley for 20 years — at Samsung NEXT Ventures, cofounded a startup called HealthIQ (as of May 2019 a series D that has raised $120M and valued at $450M), at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. My academic training is BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics, both from Stanford, and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India serving 100,000 people.

Thoughts By Amit
Sanjay Rao
Sanjay Rao
Partner

I am currently Managing Partner at Tau Ventures, an early stage seed fund in Palo Alto focused on applied AI.  My primary areas of focus are enterprise, automation, and digital health.

I grew up in Palo Alto, and have lived in New York, Seattle, and Boston.  Previously , I was a Product Manager at Microsoft in Seattle, a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, an investor at Norwest Venture Partners in Palo Alto, where I focused on consumer internet and SaaS investments including Adaptive Insights (acquired by Workday for $1.6B), and a co-founder of a Bay Area Accelerator.

I have an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.  My graduate work involved research at the MIT AI Lab (CSAIL). I served on the MIT Corporation for 5 years and on the MIT Alumni Association Board for three years.

Advisors

John Absmeier
John Absmeier
Chief Technology Officer at Lear Corporation
Naidu Annamaneni
Naidu Annamaneni
Chief Transformation Officer at eSilicon Corp
Ashish Atreja
Ashish Atreja
Associate Professor and Chief Innovation Officer, Medicine at Mount Sinai
Karl Iagnemma
Karl Iagnemma
President, Autonomous Mobility at Aptiv
Dinkar Jain
Dinkar Jain
Head of ML, Facebook Ads at Facebook
Showbhik Kalra
Showbhik Kalra
Venture Partner
Head of Intermediary Business & Product, Asia Pacific at Schroders
Zubin Kapadia
Zubin Kapadia
Venture Partner
Vice President, Global Ventures at Hospital for Special Surgery
Ashish Mehra
Ashish Mehra
Product Leader & Entrepreneur at NetApp
Sergio Monsalve
Sergio Monsalve
Venture Partner at Norwest Venture Partners
DJ Patil
DJ Patil
Head of Technology at Devoted Health
Aaron Peck
Aaron Peck
CISO & Head of Infrastructure at Shutterfly, Inc
Mark Platshon
Mark Platshon
Founder & Managing Director at Icebreaker Ventures
Venky Rangachari
Venky Rangachari
VP IT & Security at Lastline, Inc.
Dave Rhew
Dave Rhew
MD, Chief Medical Officer at Microsoft
John Rumsfeld
John Rumsfeld
MD / PhD, Professor of Medicine at University of Colorado, Chief Innovation Officer at American College of Cardiology
Carol Sands
Carol Sands
Founder at The Angels' Forum
Farzad Soleimani
Farzad Soleimani
MD / MBA / FAAEM, Professor at Baylor Emergency Medicine
Preeti Sukerkar
Preeti Sukerkar
MD / PhD, Professor at UCSF Radiology