Highland Capital, United States of America
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
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.