Hrishikesh (Rish) is an Investor at Gradient Ventures.

Prior to joining Gradient, Rish co-founded Siftpage, a financial technology company building an analytics and visualization platform for SEC filings, and was an investor at Sierra Ventures focused on vertical AI, enterprise SaaS, and marketplaces.

Rish did his graduate work in deep learning at MIT with MacArthur Fellow Professor Regina Barzilay, developing a recurrent CNN-based model that achieved state-of-the-art results for question retrieval in community QA forums. His thesis work Semi-supervised Question Retrieval with Gated Convolutions was published in NAACL in 2016.

Rish graduated from MIT with a BS in Computer Science & Mathematics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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