Kevin Lu

Kevin Lu

Vice President

Kevin brings his operating experience in the technology sector to NGP Capital.

Prior to NGP, Kevin worked at Dropbox in a variety of roles across Growth and Finance. He supported revenue, engineering and product teams with forecasting and financial analysis as well as drove user growth through experimentation and marketing initiatives. At NGP, Kevin is on the US investment team with a thematic focus on the Intelligent Enterprise.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Finance, Marketing and Operations Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Theme
    Description
    Investment year
      • Coda
      • Company: Coda
      • Description: A new doc for teams
      • Theme: Intelligent Enterprise
      • Investment year: 2020
      Coda Coda
      Intelligent Enterprise
      A new doc for teams
      2020
      Coda is a new doc for teams. It starts with a blank canvas and a blinking cursor, and has infinite room to grow your ideas. Coda comes with a new set of building blocksーlike tables that talk to each other, buttons that take action, and Packs that connect your doc to the apps you use every day. Coda launched to the general public in February 2019, and is now used by more than 25,000 teams globally, spanning startups and enterprise businesses like Spotify, Square, The New York Times, and Uber. Coda is a distributed company with offices in Seattle, San Francisco, and Mountain View, Calif. and is backed by top investment firms such as Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, and General Catalyst.
      • Observe AI
      • Company: Observe AI
      • Description: Contact Center AI
      • Theme: Intelligent Enterprise
      • Investment year: 2020
      Observe AI Observe AI
      Intelligent Enterprise
      Contact Center AI
      2020
      Observe.AI, a leader in Contact Center AI, transforms customer experiences and improves agent performance by helping top brands analyze 100% of calls and streamline quality assurance workflows. With Observe.AI, businesses transcribe every call with high accuracy and coach agents while gaining full visibility into their customer service operations. Observe.AI brings the power of agent assistance, automatic speech recognition, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to modern contact centers and their frontline teams. Observe.AI is trusted by more than 150 customers and partners, including Root Insurance, Alcon Laboratories, Tripadvisor, and Pearson. Backed by Menlo Ventures, Next47, NGP Capital, Scale Ventures, Nexus Ventures, and Y-Combinator, Observe.AI’s headquarters is in San Francisco with an office in Bangalore, India.
      • NEXT
      • Company: NEXT
      • Description: Connecting shippers and carriers
      • Theme: Smart Mobility
      • Investment year: 2019
      NEXT NEXT
      Smart Mobility
      Connecting shippers and carriers
      2019
      NEXT is a technology company that connects shippers and carriers to meet today’s growing transportation demands. NEXT’s digital freight matching platform and app quickly and conveniently match truck drivers with capacity to available loads, streamlining the process and bringing greater transparency to the supply chain. With its predictive load offering technology, NEXT has taken a trucker-centric approach that addresses the needs and preferences of drivers, while also providing real-time updates to shippers. Beyond long-haul trucking, NEXT is using technology to tackle supply chain challenges more broadly by innovating solutions for drayage and port operations.
      • Zinier
      • Company: Zinier
      • Description: Intelligent field service automation
      • Theme: Intelligent Enterprise
      • Investment year: 2019
      Zinier Zinier
      Intelligent Enterprise
      Intelligent field service automation
      2019
      Zinier is an intelligent field service automation platform that helps organizations work smarter, faster, and more efficiently. Zinier’s end-to-end solution, Field Service Elements, uses artificial intelligence, proactive insights, and an intuitive, all-in-one mobile experience to supercharge every aspect of an organization’s field service operations, from the back office all the way to the field. Zinier has international offices in Silicon Valley, Mexico City, Singapore, and Bengaluru.
      • Platform9
      • Company: Platform9
      • Description: SaaS managed cloud solutions
      • Theme: Intelligent Enterprise
      • Investment year: 2019
      Platform9 Platform9
      Intelligent Enterprise
      SaaS managed cloud solutions
      2019
      Platform9 delivers a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud solution that turns existing infrastructure into a cloud, instantly. They manage everything so our customers don't have to, by delivering fully automated day-2 operations with 99.9% SLA for Kubernetes, bare-metal, and VM-based environments on-premises, in public clouds, or at the edge - with a self-service, simple, and unified experience. Customers such as Cadence, Autodesk, Juniper Networks, Snapfish, Veritas, Nanometrics, Kingfisher, EBSCO, S&P Global, and Aruba see upwards of 300 percent improvement in IT efficiency, 33 percent faster time to market, and 50-80 percent improvement in data center utilization and cost reduction.

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    Description
    Region
    Exit year
      • Celect
      • Company: Celect
      • Theme: Intelligent Enterprise
      • Description: Retail inventory optimization
      • Region: USA
      • Exit year: 2019
      Celect Celect
      Intelligent Enterprise
      Retail inventory optimization
      USA
      2019
      Celect is a cloud-based, predictive analytics SaaS platform that helps retailers optimize their overall inventory portfolios in stores and across the supply chain, resulting in double-digit percentage revenue increases. This groundbreaking advance in machine learning and optimization allows retailers to understand how an individual customer shopping in-store or online chooses from an assortment of products, revealing true demand. The technology builds on a fundamental advance in customer choice modeling called by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory one of the 50 greatest innovations it has ever produced. Acquired by Nike 2019.

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