Neeraj Agrawal is a general partner at Battery Ventures. He focuses on SaaS and internet companies across all stages of the investment landscape. Neeraj has been a constant presence on the Forbes Midas List since 2011, landing at the ninth spot in 2019.
According to Forbes, the companies in his portfolio follow three main themes: companies that help other businesses improve their software, a new generation of marketing tech companies and companies that help other businesses move to the cloud. He’s a member of the board at over a dozen companies, including Wayfair, Bazaarvoice, AppDynamics, Glassdoor, SmarterHQ and Yesware.
As the son of Indian immigrants, he is an advocate for immigration reform and has spoken about the matter frequently in his posts on the Battery Ventures blog.
“The U.S. is competing for the next generation of company founders on a global playing field, and we should be doing everything we can to encourage bright students to stay here and work post-graduation…” he wrote. “We need to tell these young people they are welcome here. With the tech industry accounting for more than 7.1 percent of overall U.S. GDP and 11.4 percent of total U.S. private-sector payroll—and growing—this is a competition we can’t afford to lose…The Immigration Act of 1965, which re-oriented U.S. immigration policy to focus on reuniting families and attracting skilled labor, has had a tremendous impact on the technology industry and our country as a whole. To ignore its impact would be a shame.”
Neeraj received a bachelor’s in computer science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.Tags: Investment and Funding, VC