How to Improve M&A for Startups
Dan heads Corporate Development for NIKE. Before joining NIKE in 2015, Dan was a startup + VC lawyer in Los Angeles, most recently as the co-chair of Latham and Watkins' Emerging Companies practice.
Rishi Garg focuses on companies that have the potential to impact millions of lives. His areas of interest include social media and new media platforms, disruptive financial services, and new marketplaces, but he mainly seeks to back the most driven, product-centric entrepreneurs in the world, regardless of industry. As a former strategy and business development executive, entrepreneur, and angel investor, Rishi has implemented his product-first approach to early and growth-stage companies across their life cycles.
Prior to joining Mayfield, as Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Twitter, Rishi defined and executed company-wide strategic priorities and led the company’s most active M&A program, including the acquisitions of Periscope, TellApart, Niche, Zipdial, TapCommerce, and many others.
Prior to Twitter, as the first Head of Corporate Development at Square, Rishi worked closely with the company’s product and services teams to evaluate and execute a wide range of acquisitions across several major strategic initiatives. Earlier at Square, as Head of Strategic Partnerships, Rishi built and managed key financial networks partnerships, distribution and retail partnerships, and strategic relationships for Square’s buyer-side products.
Prior to Square, Rishi co-founded FanSnap, a leading venture-backed live event ticket search company, where he created a network of hundreds of tickets providers and executed dozens of landmark distribution partnerships with brands including Bing and LiveNation, driving an eventual sale of the company to Nextag, Inc. (now Wize Commerce). Earlier, Rishi led key business development initiatives at Google on the PrintAds team, and was a Director of Strategy and Business Development at MTV Networks, focusing on social media, online video, and music. Rishi started his career as an investor at Highland Capital Partners and as an investment banker at the Morgan Stanley Technology Group. Rishi is an angel investor and advisor to several early-stage companies. Additionally, he serves on the board of Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII).
Rishi’s passions include jazz, improv, cooking, mixology, independent film, hip-hop, Stanford sports, economic policy and politics, and playing several sports all too infrequently.
Rishi earned a BA in Economics and an MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA at the Harvard Business School.