About us

Our mission is to help protect enterprise companies with data-driven, augmented intelligence tools to help manage talent risks across the workforce by doing a better job of caring for employees.

Founders

Ken Klein

Co-founder and CEO
Ken’s 25 years in Silicon Valley span roles as a CEO of private and public companies, and as a member of 16 technology company boards, both venture capital and private equity-backed. Ken holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a USC Distinguished Alumnus, member of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Board of Councilors, founder of USC's Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life (KIUEL), a USC Trustee, and Chair of the USC Audit, Compliance, Risk and Privacy Committee.

Vahed Qazvinian

Co-founder and CTO
A computer scientist and tech entrepreneur, Vahed holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. He has published over 20 papers in top AI journals and conferences. Vahed founded a YC-backed startup and served as a Microsoft Research intern. During his tenure at Google Search, he developed machine learning algorithms that digest huge quantities of data and provide answers to new types of natural language queries in over 10 languages.

Vahed Qazvinian

Co-founder and CTO
A computer scientist and tech entrepreneur, Vahed holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. He has published over 20 papers in top AI journals and conferences. Vahed founded a YC-backed startup and served as a Microsoft Research intern. During his tenure at Google Search, he developed machine learning algorithms that digest huge quantities of data and provide answers to new types of natural language queries in over 10 languages.

Investors

Storm Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm focused on “Building Enterprise Leaders” as the first or early investor. Storm’s current enterprise software investments include Algolia, AtScale, Digital Shadows, Engagio, Guidespark, MobileIron, Pipedrive, Workato, Sendoso and Talkdesk. The company was the first or early investor in Airespace (Cisco), Cellfire (Catalina), Com2uS (KOSDAQ IPO), EchoSign (Adobe), Kidaro (Microsoft), iML (Taiwan IPO/Exar), Marketo (IPO/Vista), Metacloud (Cisco), Sandforce (LSI), and Sierra Monolithics (Semtech). Founded by industry veterans, Storm has over $800 million under management.
“For too long, companies have had to suffer with technology that didn’t put the human at the center; Praisidio is changing that. We’re thrilled to be investing behind Ken and Vahed as two founders on a mission to build human-centered AI.”

Frederik Groce
Principal, Storm Ventures
Morado Ventures is a seed-stage venture fund that invests in companies leading the data revolution. The team has extensive experience leading and investing in technology companies led by tech innovators building the next generation of data-fueled businesses. From seed to maturity, Morado prides itself on being with the companies it invests in every step of the way. The firm looks for passionate entrepreneurs with unique expertise working on hard technological problems with software and hardware in industries ripe for disruption. Their current focus areas include AI, Data Infrastructure, Industrial Internet, Robotics & Autonomy, and Computer Vision and Health.
“We’re thrilled to be working with the remarkable team at Praisidio. Our own experiences managing corporate teams made clear the value of the type of insights and actionable information Praisidio can provide. We’re strong believers in their mission and look forward to helping them along their journey."

Ash Patel
Managing Partner, Morado Ventures

Why We Invested: Praisidio

By Ash Patel & Michael Marquez - Fri Jun 19, 2020

Advisors

Jim Basile

President of Leadership Coaching Partners
Jim is the President of Leadership Coaching Partners, which specializes in executive coaching, team development, executive assessment. customized management training and leadership development. A psychologist for three decades, Jim also has more than two decades of experience as an executive coach and organizational consultant. His specialties include executive coaching, individual assessment for selection and development, organizational assessment and consultation, group facilitation, management training and leadership development.

Homa Bahrami

Author, Senior lecturer at the Haas School of Business
A Senior Lecturer, Distinguished Teaching Fellow, and Faculty Director at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, Homa is an international educator, advisor, board member and author, specializing in organizational flexibility, team alignment, and dynamic leadership in global, knowledge-based industries.
She is the co-author of the book Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations and author of Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises, which focuses on practical approaches for strategizing, organizing and leading knowledge workers based on their collective experience and field research in Silicon Valley during the past 30 years. Homa serves on the Boards of Directors of two public technology companies and is active in executive education and executive development in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She is the Faculty Director for the New Manager Boot Camp for Scientists & Engineers, virtual courses on Leadership Re-Invention Studio, and several custom programs for leading global companies.

Vincent Rerolle

Principal, AXXELER8
Vincent is a strategic thinker with more than 25 years of software and technology experience, with a track record of growth and new business development in companies ranging from very early stage startups to NASDAQ-listed public companies across multiple sectors, including SaaS, PaaS, embedded systems, Enterprise Software and IoT. 

David Lane

Founder and Partner, 1Flourish Capital
1Flourish Capital, a VC fund that invests in and supports entrepreneurs who are fully committed to principled executive leadership/company culture and see this as the key factor in developing a high performing and successful company.  During the past 30+ years, he has directly co-managed institutional venture capital funds totaling in excess of $3 Billion. David founded Diamondhead Ventures, was also a Managing Director at ONSET Ventures, as well as a senior venture capital investment officer at the Harvard Management Company, which manages Harvard University’s endowment. He earned a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.