Mr. Lakshmikanth Ananth serves as Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer at Next47. He is an Angel Investor. He serves as Board Member at Verkada, VAST Data, and rideOS. In his capacity as Managing Partner, he leads the $1+ billion next47 fund, reporting to the global Management Board of Siemens AG. He is a seasoned corporate venture capital executive with a proven track record in identifying and investing in some of the most innovative start-ups in enterprise technology. Prior to heading next47 he developed and built the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Pathfinder organization, bringing together innovation strategy, venture investments, acquisitions, and partnerships. Before joining HP, he worked in strategy and corporate development at Cisco Systems. There, he led multiple initiatives, including acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and divestitures. Prior to Cisco, he was a Kauffman Fellow, an elite venture investing group, and a venture capital investor in Silicon Valley where he invested in several companies. Earlier in his career, he was with 3i Private Equity in Asia, where he specialized in growth capital investments in North Asia and India, and formulated 3i's venture capital strategy for the geography. He was also a director with Cambridge Technology Partners in Silicon Valley, managing teams for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.