Physical-Tech Founder, Multiple 0-1 CPTO, Venture Capital GP
Amish Patel Experience
Amish Patel is an early-stage strategic innovator and entrepreneur, with over 17 years of experience spanning expertise in executive leadership, product design, technical architecture and capital fundraising (corporate and startup).
Amish’s experience and expertise include product leadership roles within Microsoft (9 years), specifically on newly experimental and next-generation product and business categories. These products primarily focused on “Physical Tech”, the intersection of advanced software and hardware / sensors aimed to enable a new class of global scale devices and applications. Products such as Microsoft Windows, specifically TabletPC, to establish a new device category of touch and pen enabled tablets and PCs (Microsoft Surface). Pre-Production product strategy and design for the XBOX One suite of products, including the Kinect computer vision sensor platform. And lastly bootstrapping Microsoft's modern wearable device business (Microsoft Band), human biometric sensors and software platform (Microsoft Health). For these global scale categories Amish focused his efforts across the management of the software and hardware R&D groups, as well as corporate stakeholder and internal program fundraising .
As a startup co-founder (Katalyst), Amish has raised over $10M in Seed funding (current est. val. $120M) for the world's first FDA cleared connected full-body wearables device for therapeutic and fitness acceleration. Additionally Amish has been the VP of Technology for VICIS Inc (Series B), and Head of Engineering, Product and Design for Proprio Vision (through Series A) both in pre-market, pre-product development and fundraising roles.
More recently, Amish’s responsibilities included leadership of the Fortive Innovation Studio. Playing an active role as strategic advisor to the venture studio partnership with Pioneer Square Labs (where he was a former entrepreneur in residence). As director of the programs venture building discipline and acting as a founder-in-residence (CPTO) for a new corporate venture (Pegasys Medical) before raising internal capital for growth. The core responsibility included the identification, validation, capital raise, development and deployment of products to market.
Amish is co-founder, GP of the early stage VC, ReAlign Ventures - which core focus is on supporting entrepreneurs in emerging and overlooked markers across the US.
Amish’s experience and focus of domain expertise spans industries including health and wellness tech, medical device technology, medical AI, computer vision and robotics, IIoT, consumer devices, and deep metrology.
Amish lives and works out of Seattle, WA and holds a dual Hon. BSc in Computer Science, and Economics from the University of Toronto, 2008.