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Vidya Raman

Before joining Sorenson Ventures in 2019, Vidya Raman led the AI/ML platform at Cloudera, the fastest-growing product line in the company’s history at the time. There, she was responsible for making ML at scale a reality for customers spanning industries such as autonomous driving, biotech, banking, and government. Before Cloudera, she led engineering and product teams at venture-backed enterprise startups, including eMeter (Sequoia-funded, acquired by Siemens) and Silver Spring Networks (Kleiner-funded, IPO exit). 




Q: What's your advice to founders?

Always be selling.

Q: After a busy day how do you like to wind down?

Taking a walk and reading a book every night.

Q: What's your favorite place that isn’t home or work?

My neighborhood library.

Q: What's your mantra?

Live a life without regrets.

Q: What's your favorite time management hack?

Say no often, even when it's uncomfortable.


“Success for me is enabling founders to achieve their fullest possible potential. Having a meaningful impact on their lives and mission is my biggest motivation.”

Throughout her career, Vidya has worked with teams that have taken over a dozen products from mere ideas to millions in revenue and eventually to product-market fit. She draws on her rich set of successes and failures, helping founders navigate the journey to product-market fit while simultaneously being an eternal student in the constantly evolving world of go-to-market techniques.

Vidya is passionate about partnering with technical founders with domain expertise and a desire to build a large business. She appreciates founders who think in first principles, dream big, and are keen to build companies that stand the test of time. Vidya’s primary focus is on startups that build for the builders, i.e., tools used by engineers. She’s passionate about working with companies in their earliest stages. She believes that the opportunity to have the most meaningful and direct impact is at that stage.

The portfolio companies listed above represent a subset of all investments made by Sorenson. It should not be assumed that future portfolio investments will be profitable or equal to the success of the companies in this list. A complete list of Sorenson investments is available upon request.

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