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Kanishk Desai

Director of Early Stage Programs

Kanishk is a Director in the San Francisco office where he focuses on Bessemer’s early-stage initiatives, partnerships, and seed investment programs.

Before joining Bessemer, Kanishk spent four-and-a-half years at Stripe, most recently helping global platforms accelerate their growth leveraging Stripe’s commerce stack. Before that he helped build Stripe’s startup sales team: advising founders on their monetization and growth strategy, and developing partnerships with early-stage investors.

Prior to Stripe, Kanishk held go-to-market positions at Salesforce and WePay (YCS09, acquired by JP Morgan), and managed investments at Morgan Stanley. He graduated from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, and while there founded Spero: a custom apparel and design firm aimed at the college demographic.