Neotribe is led by a team of serial entrepreneurs with a track record of building highly successful companies and investing in bold new ideas. We’re here because we love what we do. Our passion lies in helping founders to usher in the next wave of transformative technology.

NeoTribe history:

Origins of the tribe

A decade ago, tech entrepreneur and author Seth Godin wrote a book called “Tribes,” about the idea that for the first time, the Internet enabled people to form dedicated groups around concepts and beliefs, completely free of geographical boundaries. He talked about the new leaders of tribes as the outliers developing the world’s most audacious ideas. “Heretics are the new leaders,” Godin wrote. “The ones who challenge the status quo, who get out in front of their tribes, who create movements.” Today, Neotribe seeks out and funds such movement creators.

Founded in 2017 by Swaroop ‘Kittu’ Kolluri, Neotribe Ventures is based in the heart of Silicon Valley. We seek entrepreneurs developing breakthrough technologies that stretch the imagination. We value great ideas, as well as a strong commitment and desire to transform businesses and positively impact people’s lives.​

Just as tribes represent small, protective and caring groups, we believe that startups with innovative and aspirational teams thrive if provided the security and backing to be unafraid in the pursuit of new ideas, excellence and success.

We collaborate with our portfolio companies, providing them the full benefit of our experience, relationships and industry affiliations.

Guiding values:
Intellectual Honesty
Portrait of Swaroop 'Kittu' Kolluri
Founder & Managing Director

Swaroop 'Kittu' Kolluri

Kittu is a Silicon Valley veteran with a career spanning three decades as entrepreneur, CEO, senior operating executive and venture capitalist. Career highlights include working as an engineer at Silicon Graphics, co-founding Healtheon/WebMD, being founder and CEO of Neoteris, and investing in over four dozen successful companies as a general partner at NEA. Kittu is also a serious cricket lover—The Hyderabad Sunrisers are his favorite team.

Portrait of Steve Bragonier
Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer

Steve Bragonier

Steve has over 25 years of experience providing strong financial management to Silicon Valley tech companies, as well as assisting startups in effective financial planning, establishing proper financial controls and raising capital. He’s also a pretty decent basketball player and Warriors fan.

Portrait of Nitin Chopra
Managing Director

Nitin Chopra

Nitin has a unique experience as a technologist, product leader and an investor. Prior to joining Neotribe, he was a Managing Director at Shasta Ventures. His career spans product management and business development roles in enterprise software and semiconductors. He spends his spare time at him with his wife and toddler, and rooting for his beloved Toronto Raptors.

Portrait of Rebecca Mitchem

Rebecca Mitchem

Rebecca co-leads Neotribe’s growth-stage fund, Ignite, with Kittu Kolluri. Rebecca spent the first decade of her career at JPMorgan. She is experienced in both public and private markets and spent the last five years investing in Growth Stage companies as well as in private equity funds. She has worked as a board member or observor with private companies across sectors including Menlo Security, Callsign, ClearMotion and Top Aces. In her spare time, you'll often find her hiking with her 75 pound pup, Auggie. 

Portrait of Neeraj Hablani

Neeraj Hablani

Neeraj brings an operational and engineering mindset to his role at Neotribe. His primary focus is the early-stage practice where he leads investments in a wide range of technology sectors. Neeraj serves on the board of companies in the enterprise IT, federated learning, computer vision, and medical imaging domains. Neeraj spent the early part of his career on upstart teams at Microsoft and Google. When he's not working with entrepreneurs, you can find Neeraj spending time with his family or exploring a trail nearby (suggestions welcomed!).

Venture Advisor

Alex Salazar

Entrepreneur, Operating Executive, CEO Advisor

Venture Advisor

Azeez Mohammed

Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Giantleap, former executive at General Electric

Venture Advisor

Kevin Patrick Mahaffey

CTO and Founder of Lookout, Founder at SNR

Venture Advisor

Sridhar Tayur

Professor of Operations Management at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Venture Advisor

Srini Devadas

Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, MIT

Venture Advisor

Sriram Ramachandran

Serial entrepreneur, operating executive, CEO coach/mentor

NeoTribe history:

Investment history

Our team has a strong track record of growing and advising startups from seed round to IPO. With over 30 years of experience, we provide a unique and seasoned perspective that spans the entire startup journey.  

Unlike many investment firms, we seek out early and growth-stage companies solving hard technical problems and embrace investing in technologies that disrupt non-traditional industry sectors.

Aerohive Networks

Enterprise cloud networking

Aruba Networks

Wireless LAN solutions


On-site electricity


Secure file sharing


Android anti-theft solution


Endpoint detection and response


Cyber risk insurance


Cable access architecture

Illusive Networks

Network cyber deception


Machine learning


Pay-per-mile insurance


Sales enablement platform

Naked Labs

Home body scanner

Phantom Cyber

Security operations platform


Hyperconvergence software

The Climate Corporation

Data-driven agriculture


Coding for kids


Cloud-delivered SD-WAN

The tribeis growing

We partner with the brave, the bold, the entrepreneurs willing to take big risks and attack big problems using revolutionary tech.