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In Sik Rhee

General Partner

Insik is General Partner at VVUS and a former serial entrepreneur and advisor to inception-stage enterprise technology companies. At VVUS, he partners with very early-stage founders, typically pre-revenue, to help build their companies, scale their products, and hire their executive teams.

Prior to starting VVUS in 2015, Insik served as General Partner at Rembrandt Venture Partners where he led investments in A Bit Lucky (acquired by Zynga), CloudOn (acquired by Dropbox), and Ooyala (acquired by Telstra). He was also a Venture Partner at Accel Partners, where he advised early-stage investments in Cloudera, Couchbase, and Facebook.

He founded his first startup Kiva Software at the age of 24. Kiva created the Application Server market and powered first-generation internet sites for companies such as E*Trade, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. Netscape acquired Kiva in 1997.  With his second startup Loudcloud (later renamed Opsware), Insik helped usher in the cloud computing era and jumpstarted the data center automation software category. Loudcloud IPO’ed in 2001 and was acquired by HP in 2007.

He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the College of Engineering.

Investing in…

Insik is interested in founders who are pursuing advancements in data science and machine learning, enterprise process automation, and real-time infrastructure. He is wowed by technologists who are gritty, humble, and passionate about solving a pain borne from first-hand experience.


Building PC’s, the hottest ramen and sushi spots, Formula 1 and sim racing.


Now at Vertex US, I invest in founders building software companies

that follow new behavioral trends in the enterprise (i.e., the rise of the data consumer or developers as buyers) and that which is delivered in a fundamentally new way (i.e., via API or as open-source). I also focus on all things data (DataOps, data infrastructure, and data consumption).

I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with dual degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship and Venture Management, with minors in Economics and Spanish. I also hold an MBA from the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.


We have 20+ years’ experience transforming operations, technology, and investments at foundational companies. Collectively we have founded 6 companies with a market capitalization of more than $6B.


Cloudera is the first big data platform company to provide Apache Hadoop based software, support, and services to enterprise customers.


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