23 March 2022

Zoom founding product team member Mila Ferrell joins Cervin as Partner

Ferrell teams up with the former operator partners to build the investment firm for the future generation of product visionaries.

Mila Ferrell, a founding member of Zoom’s product team, has joined Cervin, becoming the first female partner at the early-stage venture capital firm. Ferrell brings deep product expertise, as well as operator, investor, and financial analyst experience to the partnership, aligning with the firm’s “operators as partners” model. In her new role, Ferrell is putting her practical experience to work, focusing on investing in AI and API-first companies that will define the future of work and shape fintech infrastructure in the next decade and beyond.


“As a founder and operator who has taken companies from zero to one, I have deep empathy and appreciation for early-stage company builders,” said Ferrell. “Because I understand what it takes to get things off the ground in the early days of a company and launch a product, I feel compelled to share my experience and help these bright minds build the future that they envision.” 


Ferrell spent four years at Zoom as a founding member of its product team and is credited with designing the app and delivering a delightful user experience to more than 300 million users worldwide. She was also instrumental in creating the Zoom App Marketplace and helping develop the ecosystem of startups building on top of the Zoom platform at its inception. 

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Prior to Zoom, Ferrell founded Ketchy, a messaging-based mobile personal assistant, where she raised early-stage funding, built and took the product to market, and grew its world-class team. She additionally spent four years at Google as a strategic partner manager and served as a financial analyst Deutsche Bank’s Private Equity arm with $55 billion in AUM, helping source, conduct due diligence, and structure several multi-billion dollar deals. 

Most recently, as an angel investor and as a scout for Emergence Capital, Ferrell has worked closely with founding teams while gaining experience within the venture capital ecosystem. Her investments include ModernLoop, a recruiting operations platform, and Modern Treasury, a unicorn building the next generation of payments infrastructure.

“Mila is an incredibly strong addition to the Cervin partner team with entrepreneurship, venture and go-to-market experience,” said Preetish Nijhawan, co-founder and general partner, Cervin. “She impressed us with her informed insights that will be tremendously helpful to early-stage companies, as she understands the founder journey, the characteristics and methods of product-led growth, and what it takes to succeed. We couldn't be more excited to welcome her to the Cervin team."

“At Cervin, I am able to work collaboratively alongside fellow former successful operators, who take a similar approach to investing and working with founders. Investing requires a long-term perspective, so having partners with a similar world view, values and vision of the future is extremely important to me,” added Ferrell.