Erik Kriessmann works closely with entrepreneurs and executive leadership across the entire portfolio assisting and advising them on their most strategic hiring needs.
Prior to joining Khosla Ventures, Erik was at SPMB, a leading executive search firm working with the most innovative companies in technology. During his time there he primarily helped build executive management teams at enterprise software companies, including Nutanix, Cisco, Docusign, Databricks, Confluent, Hortonworks, Puppet etc…He went particularly deep in strengthening the firms understanding of the open-source, developer tool and application infrastructure ecosystems.
He remains interested in those spaces but enjoys the wider aperture of companies he’s able to work with at Khosla Ventures, including those working on hard problems in health, fintech, food, marketplaces, consumer, robotics, biotech and enterprise software. Prior to SPMB he wore many hats for a seed stage e-commerce company where he joined as employee #5.
Erik was born in SF but grew up across the bridge in San Rafael before going on to UC Berkeley where he studied Business and Legal Studies. In his free time, Erik prefers being outside and staying active, typically in the form of playing hoops with friends or hiking around Marin. Known for his appetite, Erik is constantly hungry and seriously loves food! He is big on nutrition but has a real weakness for ice cream, especially from Fairfax Scoop.
Besides technology – travel, fashion, history, family, food, music, design, and sports are always top of mind.