VCs on Panel
Alok GoelManaging Director, Saif Partners
Alok leads investing practice around SaaS and Social at SAIF Partners. Prior to this, Alok was CEO of Freecharge (acquired by Snapdeal) and COO of RedBus (acquired by Goibibo). Prior to his startup stints, Alok spent 5 years at Google in Bangalore and Mountain View in various product roles. Alok holds an MBA from India School of Business and a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. He has 3 patents and was listed in the Fortune India 40 under 40 lists for 2014.
Harshjit SethiPrincipal, Sequoia Capital
Harshjit advises on investments in early-stage businesses at Sequoia India and is focused on fintech, SaaS and consumer internet sectors. He works closely with BharatPe, Freshworks, smallcase, Turtlemint and Vymo amongst others.
Prior to Sequoia, he was an early employee at Dropbox where he used to lead the android product which he saw scale to hundreds of millions of installs. He has completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Stanford University where he was a Frederick Terman scholar.
Samir KumarMD, Inventus India
Samir is a Partner at Inventus India. He has been an early-stage venture capital investor in India since 2001.
Inventus India invests primarily in Series A rounds in tech ventures – which include Internet, Mobile, SaaS, Blockchain, IoT and ML/AI based applications.
Prior to co-founding Inventus in 2006, Samir led the India venture investing team for Acer Technology Ventures, where he made early-stage investments in the technology space.
Prior to his VC career, Samir spent 15+ years in the IT industry in India in Sales, Marketing and Product Management roles, starting with Computer Point, then moving onto a 10+ year stint with Wipro Infotech, and finally a 2½ year stint with Planetasia.
Samir is a Charter Member of Tie Bangalore, and has been a past member of its Governing Body. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of SINE (technology incubator at IIT Bombay), a member of the Board of Advisors at FabCI (technology incubator at IIT Hyderabad), and on the board of advisors at DERBI (technology incubator at Dayanand Sagar University).
Samir earned his B.Tech from IIT-Bombay in 1984 and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore in 1986, where he was awarded the Best All-Round Outgoing student.
Arpit MaheshwariVice President, Stellaris Venture Partners
Arpit believes that startups will use technology to solve uniquely Indian problems and create large world-class companies as a result. As a VC, he is looking forward to working with, and learning from, great entrepreneurs from the early stage of their journey. Prior to VC, Arpit donned many hats - he was a management consultant with BCG, ran product management for automotive and education startups, and corporate innovation for a large manufacturing house.
Shweta BhatiaPartner, Eight Roads Ventures
Shweta leads the technology, consumer and financial services Ventures team in India. She has over 15 years of experience in venture and growth equity investing. Prior to joining Eight Roads, Shweta was Head of Asia Investments for the Venture Capital & Growth Equity team at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Shweta began her career in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs based in New York and worked in growth equity investing role at Warburg Pincus in Mumbai before re-joining Goldman Sachs in 2010. Shweta has held board roles with companies that include Whatfix, Chaipoint, Shadowfax, Fabhotels, Indostar, Boss Zhipin (China) and Momo (Vietnam). Shweta received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Smith College.
Eight Roads is the proprietary investment arm of FIL, Fidelity International Limited. Eight Roads Ventures invests in high-quality, high-growth companies in Asia, Europe and the US, with a focus on healthcare, technology and consumer products. Eight Roads Ventures is committed to making the companies it invests in leaders in their industries through access to patient capital, a powerful network of resources and a team of investment professionals with a proven track record of success. Eight Roads Ventures’ investments in India and Southeast Asia include Icertis, Manthan, Pharmeasy, Chaipoint, Toppr, Shadowfax, Northern Arc, Akulaku, Early Salary, Laurus Labs and Cipla Health.
Sateesh AndraPartner, Endiya Partners
Sateesh Andra is co-founder and managing director at Endiya Partners, a venture capital firm focused on backing B2B startups at the seed and early stages. A veteran in early stage investing in India, Andra was part of the founding team that set up Draper Fisher Jurvetson's local operations and later led the Ventureast Tenet Fund. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Andra founded and sold Euclid, a Silicon Valley based startup in the IT management and software space.
Dinesh GoelPartner, Siana Capital
He is a partner with Siana Capital, a deep tech-focused early-stage venture capital firm. He is an active angel investor and mentor to deep tech/science startups: IoT, Cold chain management, AI /ML driven Fraud Detection, Deep data sciences for behavioral insights, cyber security, cyber insurance and 3D printing of human organoids. He has a rich experience of 25 years in strategic leadership and operational management.
Amitabh SrivastavaManaging Partner – IAN Fund
Amitabh is a serial entrepreneur, an angel investor, a venture capitalist and has been a senior executive with large MNCs in the past. He is well networked in the entrepreneurial eco-system, both, on the sell and as well as the buy side. Amitabh is currently the Managing Partner with the IAN Fund.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur and an investor, between the years of 1986 and 2006 Amitabh has held various senior management positions with global MNCs like Kanbay, Xansa, Infosys and HCL, handling P&L of over 200 m USD. For some of these companies he has intra-preneurially built business units from grass roots, in new geographies, and in new products and services.
Amitabh picked up entrepreneurial strings very early in his career – having created his family’s first venture, Copper Chimney - a prominent restaurant, in 1991, and which was later acquired by Blue Foods. His next venture was a high tech products and services company called MoTech Software Pvt Ltd, in 1999, which was later acquired the Reliance group. His third venture was an Outsourced Product Development (OPD) company called Infospectrum India Pvt Ltd, which was later acquired by Persistent Systems Ltd. Amitabh's 4th, and the last entrepreneurial ventures prior to starting with the IAN Fund was CSIR-Tech Pvt Ltd, which was an initiative of CSIR to monetize Intellectual Property and Technology held with India's premier R&D and academic institutions.
Amitabh has also worked as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) with India's first domestic Venture Fund, Infinity Ventures, in two of their investee companies, namely, IndiaGames and BrainVisa. Both these investee companies eventually gave successful exits to Infinity Ventures.
He has been an active member of the Indian Angel Network for last 10 years. He has evaluated hundreds of companies for making investments. And has invested in over 15 companies, both as a member of IAN and outside of it. He has been a lead investor in several of IAN investment deals, some of which have had a multi bagger exit. Amitabh has track record for identifying the right team, the right time to invest and exit in these start-ups.
Amitabh is currently the Managing Partner with the IAN Fund which is a uniquely differentiated Cat 1 AIF, and which along with the Indian Angel Network is set to create the largest horizontal platform in India for investing in seed and early stage ventures. In the last two years the fund has made commitments in over 30 deals.
Amitabh is a B.E. Mech, from VJTI, Bombay (1986 batch).
Radha KizhanattamInvestment Director, Unitus Ventures
Radha is the Investment Director at Unitus Ventures. She leads new investments and portfolio management for the firm.
Radha brings experience building and commercializing technology products for global markets and evaluating early-stage startup investments in India. She helped make technology investments at Mumbai Angels, drove Product Marketing at GupShup, a cloud messaging startup and led product and engineering efforts at Texas Instruments and Motorola.
Radha has a Masters in Computer Science from NITK and an MBA from IIM Bangalore.
Radha aspires to make Bhutan her home when she is done exploring the rest of the world.