Today we announced the promotion of two members of our investment team. Saad Siddiqui, a Kaufmann Fellow, will become a General Partner at the firm, while Joseph An will become a Senior Associate. Both appointments are effective immediately.
“Telstra Ventures is committed to understanding where the world is heading and delivering real value to our portfolio companies – and our people are key to driving this strategy,” said Mark Sherman, Managing Director, Telstra Ventures. “Our unique approach rests on our ability to combine data insights and deep knowledge of the sectors where we play, enabling us to identify trends many years into the future. Both Saad and Joe strengthen our world-class reputation for building trusted relationships with our entrepreneurs, providing them with the counsel, connections and expertise that will allow innovative companies to scale and flourish.”
Saad Siddiqui joined Telstra Ventures in 2016 and focuses on early to late-stage venture investments, with expertise in the enterprise infrastructure sector. Siddiqui has led investment rounds in several key Telstra Ventures portfolio companies in this space, including NS1, Ripcord, Cofense, Incorta, Boomtown, Trifacta, Subspace, Certn and ClosedLoop.ai.
Siddiqui is a Kauffman Fellow, one of the world’s leading innovation and leadership programs for venture capital professionals. He has also previously served as an executive at Informatica and Cisco, he started his career as an investment banker at RBC Capital Markets, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
“It is a great honor to become a Partner at Telstra Ventures and a great opportunity to drive strategic growth at a number of key companies across our portfolio, which include some of the most innovative enterprise technology companies in the world,” said Siddiqui. “I take great pride in being the first call an entrepreneur makes when they are working through tough decisions.”
Joseph An has been promoted to Senior Associate and will continue to explore and invest in logistics, fintech, and e-commerce leaders. Prior to joining Telstra Ventures in 2019, An began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Lazard and worked as a private equity investor at Blue Wolf Capital Partners.
“My passion lies in working with entrepreneurs and their teams to tackle business challenges, helping drive strategic growth, and dramatically accelerating time to reach scale,” said An. “I look forward to supporting founders and our portfolio companies at Telstra Ventures through our Revenue Bearing Relationships™ model; our access to technology buyers around the world; and our deep understanding of the dynamics and trends in the sectors where we are present.”