Nick Triantos is a venture partner at Ignition, who joined the firm in 2016. He has been in the software industry since 1992, when he worked at Apple Computer’s Claris software subsidiary. Most recently, Nick was managing director of the ventures team at SRI International, the research firm behind inventions ranging from Siri to the computer mouse to Arpanet (the predecessor to the internet). Nick focused on the software research labs, which cover areas ranging from artificial intelligence & machine learning to cybersecurity to computer vision and VR / AR to speech recognition and natural language understanding. Nick focuses on those same areas within Ignition Partners, particularly on their application in enterprise and business software.
Nick has previously co-founded two companies, and has been CEO twice. He has worked at 6 startups, and he has raised more than $10M dollars from investors. Before joining SRI, Nick co-founded ionGrid, which built software used by numerous Fortune 100 companies to enable tablets and smartphones to securely access corporate files and information. ionGrid was acquired by NetApp (NTAP) in 2013. Earlier in his career, Nick was one of the first software engineers at NVIDIA, where he wrote their OpenGL software. Nick later became chief software architect at NVIDIA, and oversaw development of tools such as CUDA for programming GPUs, as well as software across Linux, Mac, Windows, and embedded platforms.
Nick has also previously worked in venture capital as a partner at Quantum Technology Partners, and a board director of Sand Hill Angels. He has invested in over a dozen companies, with roughly 3X return on invested cash, plus a portfolio of numerous thriving and growing companies.
Nick holds a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo, and dual MBA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, and he has guest lectured at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, MIT, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, and numerous other top universities.