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Rishi is a seasoned tech executive and investor with over 15 years of experience in strategy, operations and finance. He was most recently the SVP of Strategy and Operations at Legion, an AI/ML powered HR tech company, where he helped launch a new product line, and raise $80M in capital across multiple rounds of funding.

Prior to Legion, Rishi served as the VP of Business Operations at Poynt, a hardware and software company building a commerce and payments platform, acquired by GoDaddy for $365M in 2021. Rishi joined as the company’s first non-technical hire and helped scale the company’s business to serve over 130,000 merchants globally, and raise $150M in follow-on capital.

He joined Poynt from Matrix Partners, an early stage-venture firm where he sourced the firm’s seed investment in Canva, most recently valued at $40B. Prior to Matrix, Rishi was an investor at Scale Venture Partners.

Rishi began his career at Merrill Lynch in the Financial Institutions group. Rishi graduated with honors from Northwestern University. He lives in Orinda, CA with his wife Nisha and two kids.

Co-FOUNDER AND General Partner

Rishi Taparia

  • Successfully transitioned from investor to operator, having helped scale operations across four continents, sell over $150M in contracts and raise over $230M in capital from top-tier funds

  • Sourced Matrix Partners’ seed investment in Canva which was most recently valued at $40B

  • Advised on over $500M in FinTech M&A in the aftermath of the ‘08 financial crisis at Merrill Lynch

  • Paid for college through gains on an investment in Apple stock

  • Has traveled to over 36 countries

  • Hired James into his first paying job – as a referee for the Jakarta youth basketball league

  • Convinced Arpan to leave his job as an equity research analyst and move into technology in 2012