A venture capitalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vab Goel relies on his operational experience in the communications and infrastructure sectors to assess quality investments in tech start-ups. A graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mr. Goel spent the beginning of his career providing pivotal networking support for the telecommunications industry during the nascent years of the Internet. In particular, Vab Goel served as a principal architect for the Sprint Internet backbone and contributed to the company’s IP and optical network strategy. In particular, he created the optical network strategy which drove the world’s first IP over SONET and the first IP over DWDM network. He also played a significant role in the IP network development of Global One, which provided large-scale IP services, and at the time, was a joint venture between Sprint, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom.
Furthermore, before joining NVP, Vab Goel founded the emerging technologies group at Qwest Communications International, Inc., where he served as a Vice President and was responsible for identifying new networking technologies and fostering strategic relationships with start-up companies. He also served as Vice President of IP network engineering and advanced technology at Qwest, where he created and implemented the “Qwest IP Network and Data Center Strategy,” which was designed to enable seamless services with open standards and a strong customer focus.
For more than 11 years, Mr. Goel has served as a General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners (NVP). Involved in the global, multi-stage investment firm that manages $3.7 billion in capital, Mr. Goel specializes in funding technology start-ups in early and late stages of growth. With extensive network engineering experience, Mr. Goel evaluates and invests in companies whose teams develop next-generation systems, services and Internet-related technologies.
In 2000, Vab Goel’s first investment while at Norwest Venture Partners was Virtela Communications, a company he founded that is now the world’s largest independent managed network, security, and cloud services company. Vab Goel later invested in and incubated a company called KMV Technologies, Inc., a videoconferencing start-up company later known as LifeSize Communications. During this process, he hired the top talent in the field to boost the company’s performance, and in return, he enabled Norwest Venture Partners to achieve a successful exit when LifeSize was acquired by Logitech for $405 million in late 2009. As a general partner at NVP, Mr. Goel currently serves on the board of Virtela and works closely with Pontis, Apigee and Veveo. Vab Goel has also worked closely with Extreme Networks and was previously an investor in C2C Pte. Ltd., Qumranet (acquired by Red Hat), Unisfair (acquired by InterCall) and Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola).