The Top 10: #10 Asif Moosani, investor, Gradient Ventures
Asif Moosani is an investor at Gradient Ventures, internet technology group Alphabet’s artificial intelligence-focused investment fund. It is one of Alphabet’s technology investment vehicles – joining GV, the corporate venturing unit formerly known as Google Ventures, and CapitalG, the growth equity firm previously called Google Capital.
Since Moosani joined Gradient Ventures in 2019, the unit has been involved in a number of deals such as automated recruitment software developer AllyO’s series B round in June the same year and biological research index developer BenchSci’s funding round the month after.
Gradient’s other portfolio companies include drone teleoperation system developer Cape Aerial Telepresence’s series A round, coding review service PullRequest’s series A round and data-based human resources platform SaplingHR’s seed round. The unit exited autonomous vehicle software developer Scotty Labs in August 2019, which was acquired by food delivery service DoorDash for an undisclosed sum.
Before joining Gradient Ventures, Moosani had spent three years at investment bank Lazard Frères from 2016, conducting technology-oriented mergers and acquisitions deals. He advised technology companies such as Alphabet and computing technology provider IBM and software producer Episerver on strategic assessments, acquisitions, financings and sale processes. He had participated in over a dozen deals with more than $100bn of aggregate value on behalf of the firm.
Prior to that, Moosani co-founded and served as a chief executive for predictive analytics software producer Evolutionary Technologies, supplying products for customers from the education and real estate sectors. He started his career as a software developer at IBM where he concentrated on cloud services products including Tivoli infrastructure and WebSphere server.
Moosani earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of Texas and a master of science in finance from the University of Texas’s McCombs School of Business.