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Manish Patel

Highland Capital & Teaching Faculty at Stanford

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Manish’s passion for building began when he was a kid. Whether it was on his brother’s Commodore 128 or with a bucket of Legos, he loved to create experiences that stretched the imagination. Today, that same excitement drives his involvement in the startup community. Manish helps teams realize their potential as they evolve from an insight, to an experience, to a business.

At Highland, Manish works with students of human behavior. He invests in consumer internet, mobile and digital media companies that observe patterns in our everyday lives and use technology to solve problems at a human scale. Manish is actively involved with a number of Highland’s investments including Omni, Scopely, Shift and Bromium. He was previously involved with Aviate (acquired by Yahoo), Impermium (acquired by Google), SmartThings (acquired by Samsung) and Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest).

Prior to Highland, Manish held several leadership roles across Google as it grew from a search engine to the dominant company that it is today. He led Google’s advanced imagery and 3D mapping programs, launched the first search and recommendation engine for Google’s TV initiative and worked extensively with Google’s international offices. Early on at Google, Manish was part of the team that built the company’s advertising systems, developing key components for both AdWords and AdSense. He also served as the Chief-of-staff to one of the founders.

Manish graduated from Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Economics. Today he holds appointments at Stanford, both in the School of Engineering and Design School where he teaches design thinking and advance problem solving techniques to the new generation of entrepreneurs.

Manish’s passion for building began when he was a kid. Whether it was on his brother’s Commodore 128 or with a bucket of Legos, he loved to create experiences that stretched the imagination. Today, that same excitement drives his involvement in the startup community. Manish helps teams realize their potential as they evolve from an insight, to an experience, to a business.

At Highland, Manish works with students of human behavior. He invests in consumer internet, mobile and digital media companies that observe patterns in our everyday lives and use technology to solve problems at a human scale. Manish is actively involved with a number of Highland’s investments including Omni, Scopely, Shift and Bromium. He was previously involved with Aviate (acquired by Yahoo), Impermium (acquired by Google), SmartThings (acquired by Samsung) and Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest). Prior to Highland, Manish held several leadership roles across Google as it grew from a search engine to the dominant company that it is today. He led Google’s advanced imagery and 3D mapping programs, launched the first search and recommendation engine for Google’s TV initiative and worked extensively with Google’s international offices. Early on at Google, Manish was part of the team that built the company’s advertising systems, developing key components for both AdWords and AdSense. He also served as the Chief-of-staff to one of the founders.

Manish graduated from Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Economics. Today he holds appointments at Stanford, both in the School of Engineering and Design School where he teaches design thinking and advance problem solving techniques to the new generation of entrepreneurs.



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