Esha Sahai

March 17, 2021 | secon2017
Esha Sahai' Bio

Esha Sahai is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and educator. She is Founding General Partner at

Flamenco Ventures. As the Founder of Girls Who Venture, she is working towards gender equality in

entrepreneurship and venture capital, particularly in emerging markets. She is an Entrepreneur In

Residence at Xcelerator at UC Berkeley. Esha is also an advisor at Viell and Skydeck Berkeley, and a

mentor at Manush Labs and Alchemist Accelerator. She is the founder of Rio, a startup that develops digital business cards, and was a finalist at Alchemist Accelerator in 2019. Esha was an Entrepreneur In

Residence at the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts,

Amherst. As a serial entrepreneur, Esha co-founded and worked at startups funded by a16z, DARPA, and

the Foundry Group.


Previously she was an investor at Varidus, Zane Venture Fund, Alumni Ventures Group, a member of

Microsoft’s Corporate Strategy and Development team for the Cloud & Enterprise and AI divisions, and an investor at M12 (previously Microsoft Ventures). Before joining Microsoft, Esha served as a Legatum Fellow at MIT, where she worked on multiple for-profit and non-profit ventures. Her mobile startup Curious Learning was a semi-finalist in MassChallenge & MIT’s 100K. Past stints include Oracle Corp., edX, LearnLaunch Accelerator, and a Techstars startup. Esha has served on the boards of Tesseract Inc. (acquired by Reliance Industries), Ant Bicycle. Girls Inc., Circle of Women, UMass Amherst’s Maroon Ventures Fund, GetMAGIC Corp, and SOWCoders.


She was a Bay State Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received her B.S. and

M.S. degrees in computer science in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Esha has a degree in management and

engineering from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and MIT Engineering.