Smart Investing Through Data Science

We love data. We even wrote the book on loving data. And we run our business, just the way you do yours — with data. We have data on over ten million companies and identify and invest in the exceptional — the outliers.



Prior Investments

The Team

portrait of Rocketship team

Top Row:

Wang Lam bio linkedin
Katelin Moore bio linkedin
Tina Hudson linkedin
Gianna Orozco linkedin
Yichen Jin linkedin

Bottom Row:

Greg Lahann bio linkedin
Anand Rajaraman bio linkedin
Venky Harinarayan bio linkedin
Sailesh Ramakrishnan bio linkedin

Rocketship News

11 Jul 2017 In Whole Foods, Bezos Gets a Sustainably Sourced Guinea Pig

By purchasing the upscale chain, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief, has a chance to tinker with how people buy groceries — and map the future of the physical store.

(read more)

28 Apr 2017 Takes Data Science Approach to Venture Capital

Venture capitalists are increasingly using advances in data science and machine learning to make investments. A new Silicon Valley firm,, with a $40 million first fund, is using data and analytics to make its early-stage bets....

(read more)

07 Sep 2016 IIT-Madras alumni donate $1 million for setting up of computer science chair

Silicon Valley-based Alumni of IIT Madras, Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan, have donated $1 million to create a corpus that will fund Visiting Chairs in Computer Science and Engineering to lead research on data-driven approaches to solve important problems...

(read more)

06 May 2016 Quora session with Venky Harinarayan

Venky Harinarayan on entrepreneurship, ecommerce, being a start-up investor, and more..

(read more)

14 Oct 2015 Venky Harinarayan On E-Commerce And Focus

Venky Harinarayan, is an e-commerce veteran who co-founded comparison shopping engine Junglee (acquired by Amazon in 1998), worked closely with Jeff Bezos to create Amazon Marketplace, created topical guide to the Web Kosmix (now known as Walmart Labs), and served as angel investor in companies such as Facebook and Lyft...

(read more)

24 Sep 2015 Silicon Valley venture capitalists talk about bond with India

Silicon Valley venture capitalists, including Menlo Ventures MD Venky Ganeshan, Milliways Ventures founder Anand Rajaraman, among others, talk about its bond with India as they see a demographical advantage in the country. Watch the full video...

(read more)

Portfolio News

23 Jan 2018 Announces Collaboration with Towbook

The Leading Global, Digital Roadside Assistance Platform Integrates with the Leading Provider of Cloud-based Towing Software

(read more)

19 Jan 2018 New to Instagram Stories: Text Posts, Reposting Stories, GIFs, + Screenshots

If the recent announcement of Instagram Stories Highlights wasn’t enough to convince you to add stories into your marketing strategy this year, new Instagram Stories features on the horizon just might seal the deal.

(read more)

19 Jan 2018 Why you need to budget weekly (not monthly)

Sometimes it can feel like you've got a lot of balls in the air, money-wise. In the midst of all this juggling, how long can you keep your eye on your budget?

(read more)

18 Jan 2018 Why Keep a Second Copy of your Data in the Cloud?

There’s an old maxim in the backup world that “you can’t have too many copies of your data.” While that’s clearly an exaggeration, the sentiment is borne by bitter, real-world experience. And if the cost of storing a data set is a tiny fraction of what the data is worth, why not keep multiple copies just in case?

(read more)

14 Jan 2018 The 1-3-6 learning framework

Rahul Garg, who has 16 technology patents to his name, says he has attempted to codify his learning mechanism

(read more)

14 Dec 2017 B2B e-commerce platform, Moglix, expands to Ahmedabad, Mumbai

AHMEDABAD: Moglix, a Ratan Tata-backed B2B e-commerce platform, on Thursday announced its expansion to Ahmedabad and Mumbai to cater to the market of Western and Southern India. Currently, Moglix is headquartered in Singapore and is present in Noida, Gurgaon, Chennai and Pune. With these new additions, Moglix is further stepping-up their presence catering to industrial hubs in India, in line with their vision to transform the supply chain of the Indian manufacturing sector, founder Rahul Garg said

(read more)

16 Nov 2017 Trocafone raises $15 million to expand its used electronics marketplace in emerging markets

Trocafone, the online marketplace for used electronics, has raised $15 million in new financing to expand its reach beyond Brazil and Argentina into other emerging markets.

The company, which raised $7 million in a previous round of financing last year, said the new money came from Callfort, MIT Castor Ventures FundFJ Labs, Rocketship, Mercado Libre Fund and other undisclosed investors.

(read more)

08 Nov 2017 Low Cost Digital Storage Options

While digital storage demand continues to soar, the total budget for IT managers to provide digital storage resources to meet this demand are increasing little if at all. While the ever-decreasing price of storage capacity helps fill the need, storage hardware, particularly in data centers, continues to increase. What CIOs, information and IT managers really need are lower cost options for digital storage either on premise, or in the cloud. This article will look at some of recent options that promise to lower the cost of long term digital storage.

(read more)

03 Aug 2017 Savings app Qapital now offers a checking account and debit card

Savings app Qapital wants people to make more conscious decisions around their money. While to date that meant helping its users build up savings, now Qapital will help manage their day-to-day spending through a new checking account and debit card.

(read more)

06 Jul 2017 Moglix raises $12M Series B to digitize India’s manufacturing industry

Moglix launched in 2015 as an online store for tools and construction supplies, but now it’s venturing into enterprise software with the launch of GreenGST to help Indian manufacturers become compliant with the country’s new tax codes. The Noida-headquartered startup announced today that it has raised a $12 million Series B, which it will use to develop its supply chain management technology and expand into more manufacturing hubs.

(read more)

28 Jun 2017 Best Website Builder: Joy

When it comes to clueing your guests in to accommodations, directions, and registry wants, computer-savvy couples might choose to build their own sites from scratch–but for the rest of us a wedding website builder is necessary. And Joy is our go-to.

(read more)

15 May 2017 Fynd raises $500k from Silicon Valley based, Series A funding totals $1M

Fashion discovery and ecommerce portal Fynd has raised $500k from Silicon Valley-based The capital is an extension of its Series A round which saw Venture Catalysts invest $500,000 in March, taking the entire amount of the round a little over $1 million. 

(read more)

06 Mar 2017 Qapital Helps Millennials Save by Triggering New Behavior

Startup aims to make saving easier through tweets, Fitbit steps or check-ins...

(read more)

22 Dec 2016 Stocard brings Silicon Valley investor on board to actively shape the future of the mobile wallet

Stocard, the world’s leading mobile loyalty wallet, just announced the closing of this year’s second financing round. While the size of the round has not been disclosed, it was reveiled by the Mannheim-based startup that the new investor is the Silicon Valley based venture capital fund

(read more)

30 Sep 2016 Trocafone unlocks Latin America’s smartphone market selling certified, pre-owned phones

Sometimes it’s a startup business, and not political power, that grows out of the barrel of a gun.At least, that’s the story behind Trocafone, a Brazilian startup that just raised $7 million for its services buying, refurbishing, and re-selling smartphones across Latin America. The company’s journey began with an armed robbery in Argentina.

(read more)

01 Mar 2016 Checkbook lets you email anyone a digital check and deposit it free

If you’re sick of running out of paper checks and stamps or hassling with routing numbers to send zero-fee payments, you can bank on Checkbook...

(read more)

Venky Harinarayan

Venky Harinarayan is an entrepreneur and investor. He is also a founding partner at Milliways Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.

He was a founder of Junglee — a pioneering shopping search engine that was acquired by, a founder of Kosmix — an innovative search and categorization company that was acquired by Walmart Stores, Inc., and a founding investor in Efficient Frontier — a leading search and social media marketing company that was acquired by Adobe. Together, these start-ups were valued at $1 billion at the time of their acquisition.

Venky has also played the role of entrepreneur in two of the most successful retailers of our times — Walmart and Most recently, at Walmart, Venky created and was head of @WalmartLabs, the innovation arm for the world's largest company. At, Venky helped create the Marketplace business, that today accounts for around 40% of all the units sold. He also invented the concept underlying Amazon's Mechanical Turk.

Venky is also an active investor. He created Cambrian Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm in 2000 whose investments include Neoteris (Juniper), Aster Data (Teradata), and Yousendit. Venky was one of the earliest investors in Facebook, investing in 2005. Other angel investments include Lyft and TutorVista (Pearson).

Venky was named to the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by FastCompany in 2012 and to the "Venture Capital 100" by AlwaysOn in 2012 and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Madras. Venky earned his bachelor's degree from IIT Madras; master's from UCLA and PhD from Stanford University, all in computer science.


Anand Rajaraman

Anand is a Founding Partner of two Silicon Valley venture capital funds focused on early-stage technology companies: Milliways Ventures and Prior to starting Milliways and, he was Senior Vice President at Walmart Global eCommerce, where he co-headed @WalmartLabs, focused at the intersection of social, mobile, and commerce. Anand came to Walmart when Walmart acquired Kosmix, the startup he co-founded, in 2011. The purchase price was reported in the media to be over $300 million. Kosmix pioneered semantic search technology and semantic analysis of social media.

Anand also was a Founding Partner of Cambrian Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. His Silicon Valley investments include Facebook (one of the earliest angel investors in 2005), Lyft, Aster Data Systems (acquired by Teradata), Efficient Frontier (acquired by Adobe), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper), Transformic (acquired by Google), Kaltix (acquired by Google), AppNexus, HighTail, and several other innovative and successful companies.

Anand has also backed many companies in India. His India investments include Snapdeal, UrbanLadder, Jugnoo, Tracxn, DocsApp, India Infoline (IPO 2005), and Chaupaati (acquired by Future Group). He helped create and fund the IIT Madras Entrepreneurship Fund to boost entrepreneurship at his alma mater, IIT Madras.

In 1996, Anand co-founded Junglee, an e-commerce pioneer. As Chief Technology Officer, Anand played a key role in developing Junglee's award-winning Virtual Database technology. In 1998, acquired Junglee for over $250 million.

Anand helped launch the transformation of from a retailer into a retail platform, enabling third-party retailers to sell on's website. Third-party sales now constitute a significant proportion of all transactions, representing Amazon's most profitable business segment. Anand also is a co-inventor of Amazon Mechanical Turk, which pioneered the concepts of crowdsourcing and hybrid Human-Machine computation.

As an academic, Anand’s research has focused at the intersection of database systems, the World-Wide Web, and social media. His research publications have won several awards at prestigious academic conferences, including three retrospective 10-year Best Paper awards at ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, and ICDT (these awards measure the impact of research, both on academia and industry, over a 10-year period).

Anand co-teaches a popular course on Data Mining at Stanford University. His textbook “Mining of Massive Datasets,” co-authored with Jeff Ullman, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 (second edition 2014). It has been downloaded over 100,000 times and has been translated into several languages.

Anand obtained his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where he won the President of India Gold Medal for graduating at the top of his class, and his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. His work has been featured in hundreds of articles in leading national and international publications such as Business Week (cover) and the New York Times. In 2012, Fast Company magazine named Anand to its list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.” In 2013, Anand was named a Distinguished Alumnus by his alma mater, IIT Madras.

He shares his musings on Big Data, search, and social media on his influential blog Datawocky, whose motto is “More data (usually) beats better algorithms.”


Sailesh Ramakrishnan

Prior to, Sailesh was CTO and co-founder of LocBox (acquired by Square), a startup focussed on marketing for local businesses. Sailesh worked with Anand and Venky at their previous startup Kosmix, and continued on to Walmart as a Director of Engineering at @WalmartLabs. Before jumping into the startup world, Sailesh worked as a Computer Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.


Wang Lam

Wang joined from @WalmartLabs, where he was a director following Walmart's acquisition of Kosmix, the startup he joined as it was being formed. Before that, Wang's dissertation work included contributions to the Stanford WebBase project and time exploring data systems at IBM Almaden.


Greg Lahann

Greg Lahann’s career includes over 25 years of entrepreneurial and venture capital experience. In addition to his CFO role at, Greg is also CFO Claremont Creek Ventures, a $300M early stage venture capital firm specializing in digital life sciences and energy. He is also the CFO for early stage companies Lumenetix, producer of color tunable LED light engines and Alta Energy, a marketplace for commercial renewable energy projects. Previously Greg was Managing Director at Novus Ventures and MK Global Ventures, both early stage venture capital firms with a total of $320 million under management, managing all financial and administrative elements of the funds and their management companies. At Novus and MK, Greg was actively involved in the operations of many of the portfolio companies, serving as their CFO and member of the boards of directors.

Greg began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, directing audits for start-up to publicly traded companies. He holds a BS Degree in Accounting and Management from San Jose State University.


Katelin Moore

Katelin Moore comes to Milliways from being the executive assistant to the CEO of several start-up companies which include: Efficient Frontier (acquired by Adobe Systems), Transpera (acquired by Tremor Media) and Linden Lab. Katelin earned her bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.