Focus

We are interested in both domestic and international investment opportunities. We prefer to work together with a syndicate of investors, and we are stage-agnostic following the seed round. We work very closely with management to help maximize returns for both parties through strategic pilots and partnerships.

Consumer Commerce

We look for companies that will help accelerate American Express's digital transformation, strengthen connections with our global network of Card Members and merchants, and develop new ways to drive contextual relevance for commerce on new and existing platforms.  Areas of interest include mobile, consumer payments, marketplaces, lending, loyalty and digital marketing products.

B2B Services

We seek companies that offer new tools and technology that empower large, mid-size and small businesses to grow and better manager their operations.  Areas of interest include business payments, process automation, lending and small business services.

Core Capabilities

We also explore companies that are using new technologies and sources of data to improve the underlying fundamentals of our business. Areas of interest include servicing, customer acquisition, fraud detection, security, data analytics and underwriting.

Representative Investments

Peer-to-peer digital cash network

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Ecommerce platform for fast-growing brands

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Paperless payables & receivables for SMBs

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Mobile commerce for bulk & wholesale goods

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Cloud-based, multi-channel CRM solution

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Analytics platform for credit risk & marketing scores using mobile phone data

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Mobile point-of-sale acceptance

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Data search & discovery technology

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Social commerce platform

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Marketplace for amazing experiences

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On-demand grocery delivery company

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Cloud-based financial management & accounting

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Mobile point-of-sale acceptance

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Mobile rewards platform

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Virtual personal shopping assistant

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India-based digital wallet service

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Network authentication services platform

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AI-based cognitive content marketing platform

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Predictive marketing software for B2B companies

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Online platform to rent designer clothing and accessories

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Retail in-store analytics provider

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Paperless grocery and retail rewards platform

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Membership experience offering free shipping & more

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Fraud protection and chargeback prevention platform for online merchants

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Financial engagment platform for healthcare providers

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Enterprise-grade machine learning platform for big data

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Online payments acceptance enabler

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Cloud-based network connecting buyers & suppliers

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Global ID verification provider

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Provider of reasonably priced, fashionable eyewear directly to consumers

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Curated platform for booking last-minute events

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Team

Harshul Sanghi Managing Partner Harshul Sanghi is a veteran venture capitalist with over 25 years of operating experience and a proven track record in delivering financial returns and strategic value. Harshul has a keen sense for the disruption of traditional industries by digital platforms – media, telco, commerce, and financial services.
 
Harshul has consistently been ranked in the Top 20 Global Corporate Venture Capitalists by Global Corporate Venturing Magazine and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and The New York Times. He is Managing Partner at American Express Ventures, leading the company’s Silicon Valley presence and overseeing global investment activity across American Express.  Harshul has led investments in and is currently involved with the boards of Bill.com, If Only, Instacart, Intacct, Kiip, Learnvest (acquired by Northwestern Mutual), RetailNext, Savingstar, Boxed, Tradeshift, Simplee, and Abra. 
 
Harshul has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon and and MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.
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Rohit Bodas Partner Rohit joined American Express in 2011 to help launch the company's corporate venture program. Rohit has led and currently manages American Express Ventures’ investments in Radius, Persado, Enigma, SkyTree Analytics, Capillary Technologies, Cignifi, Clip, Trulioo, and Mezi.
  Prior to American Express, Rohit was a founding member of Hartford Ventures and made investments in ChargePoint and DriverSide Inc. Prior to Hartford Ventures, Rohit held various positions at Motorola in R&D, business development and at Motorola Ventures. Rohit has developed key mobile video and security technologies and holds five US patents. 
 
Rohit holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Computer Science, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
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MaryJane (MJ) Powell Executive Assistant (aka Office Ninja) MJ joined American Express Ventures in October of 2011 and has worked as an Executive Assistant to high profile executives in Silicon Valley in technology, venture capital and financial institution industry since 1990.  Prior to joining the Amex team, she was the Executive Assistant and Personal Assistant to the Founder and CEO of Success Factors (now an SAP company).


MJ attended City College of SF and University of Phoenix.

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Lindsay Fitzgerald Principal Lindsay joined American Express in 2012.  Prior to joining the corporate venture capital team in 2015, Lindsay held positions in business development and internal strategy consulting.

Previously, Lindsay was a growth equity investor at HealthCor Partners, a healthcare-focused fund in New York, and began her career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley.

Lindsay holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Amherst College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

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Julia Huang Principal Julia joined American Express in 2011.  Before joining American Express, Julia worked in Corporate Development at Lloyds Banking Group in London, M&A Advisory at Goldman Sachs in Sydney, and began her career as a Management Consultant at A.T. Kearney in Sydney.

 

Julia holds a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology, a Master of Commerce (Finance) and a Master of International Business from the University of Sydney.

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Jan Piotrowski Principal Jan joined American Express in 2016 as a member of the company's venture capital team.  Previously, he oversaw venture coverage for the technology group at Credit Suisse, advising emerging private technology companies on fundraising, strategy, business development, M&A and finance.

  Prior to this role, Jan spent several years doing technology investment banking at Credit Suisse, advising on IPOs, M&A, and corporate strategy primarily for the internet, software, and semiconductor sectors.

Jan has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford Universtiy and an MBA with honors in Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Dana Lorch Senior Associate Dana joined Amex in 2013 and held strategy, innovation, and marketing partnership roles in the Global Merchant Services and Global Corporate Payments organizations prior to joining the Amex Ventures team.  Before Amex, Dana was an Associate at TASC Consulting & Capital, Israel's largest management consulting firm.

  Dana also spent 6 years as an officer in Israel's Elite Technological Intelligence Unit (8200).  

Dana holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and Management, magna cum laude, from Tel Aviv University.

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Kevin Tsang Senior Associate Kevin joined American Express in 2011.  Previously, Kevin was an analyst in the diversified industrials investment banking group at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused on M&A and corporate finance transactions.  He began his career as an investment banking analyst at New Harbor Incorporated covering the Power/Utilities sector.

 

Kevin holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from New York University.

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Marta Arellano Associate Marta joined Amex in 2014 as a member of the finance job rotation program. Prior to joining the Ventures team, Marta worked in Strategic Business Analysis, where she supported efforts to deliver value added analytics to senior management to drive impactful decisions and influence AXP’s strategy, with a focus on competitive intelligence.


Marta received her MBA from IESE business school in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to earning her MBA, she was working at the Valuations & Economics department at PWC based in Spain.

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Julia Brown Associate Julia joined American Express in 2016 as a member of the company's venture capital team.  Prior to joining American Express, Julia attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she held an MBA internship with Queensland Investment Corporation's Global Infrastructure team.  Julia has also had experience as an equity analyst

  at a $1B AUM Millennium LLC hedge fund that focused on investing in public technology, healthcare and consumer companies and with Kallari Chocolate Company, where she served as Director of Operations.

Julia holds a BA in Art History from Stanford University, a MS in Financial Analysis from University of San Francisco and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Tim Roundtree Associate Tim joined Amex in 2013 as a member of the finance job rotation program.  Prior to joining the Ventures team, Tim worked in Global Corporate Payments Finance, where he provided finance support for the business development and product management teams, and in Corporate Planning, where he provided performance updates for the CEO, CFO, and BoD.


Tim received his MBA from Cornell University and holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State.

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Sugam Sarin Analyst Sugam joined American Express in 2016 as a member of the company's venture capital team. Previously, Sugam was an investment banking analyst in the financial institutions group at Citigroup, evaluating and advising on M&A and equity transactions ranging from $1BN to $9BN within the consumer finance and financial technology sectors.


Sugam holds a BSc in Finance and Economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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