Avidan Ross is the founding partner of Root Ventures. Before founding the firm in 2013, he designed industrial robotics for the Food Network's kitchens. Before that, Ross was the CTO of CIM Group, a $15 billion investment firm, where he focused on industrial internet investing. Previous to CIM, Avidan worked as an embedded network application developer at Excite@Home. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University, where he focused on networking protocols.