VCs on Panel
Rahul KhannaCo-Founder & Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital
Anand LuniaFounding Partner, India Quotient
Anand Lunia is a founding Partner at India Quotient. He loves writing on startups, studying market opportunities and helping entrepreneurs. He has been an entrepreneur, angel investor and fund manager. Earlier, he was a partner at Seedfund, known for its exits in Carwale and Redbus. He started his career after IIM Lucknow as a banker with Icici and finance professional with Asian paints. In 2000 he co-founded Brainvisa an ed-tech company that he exited successfully.
His angel investments include Faasos, Mydentist and Inkfruit. In recent times, his picks include Lendingkart, Sharechat, Sugar. Fintech, Media and SaaS are his current interest areas. After seeing the entire evolution of Indian startup ecosystem starting from the first dotcom boom in 1999, his mantra is 'Entrepreneur is King, Not the VC.’
Anil JoshiFounder and Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures
Anil is Founder and Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures an leading Venture Capital Fund focusing on early stage investments in tech focused companies. He has been one of the pioneers of angel investments in India as head of operations and President at Mumbai Angels and Bangalore Angels, leading Angel Investment forums in India. Anil’s experience includes corporate management functions in medium and large organizations, early stage investment in start-ups, project management, joint ventures and business development.
Anil has helped close over 100 venture-financing deals. Anil serves on the Board of 5 companies and is involved with various incubation centres as mentor in India as well as internationally. He is very well respected and valued in the start-up fraternity and is drawn upon by entrepreneurs for advice and strategic direction. Mentoring start-ups is his passion and he advices Governmental and industrial bodies on the same. Apart from investments, Anil is very active participant in start-up events as speaker or panellist, both in domestic and international circuit. Prior to joining Mumbai Angels, he headed new projects and investment in start-ups with Artheon Group, a Telecom, IT & Energy group. His early career started with heading a branch office at Century Rayon, an leading Indian textile conglomerate, after which he moved to Business Access India Pvt. Ltd. providing consulting services to Scandinavian companies from diverse sectors establishing their presence in the Asian markets. Then he moved to Transasia Biomedical Ltd., India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of bio-medical equipment. Anil graduated in Engineering and Post-Graduation in Management (Marketing) and PGDBM in Strategic Finance and Control.
Sandeep MurthyPartner, Lightbox
As an early investor in InMobi, InfoEdge and Shopclues, three of India's billion dollar technology companies, Sandeep Murthy is one of the builders of India's Internet economy. And he hasn't just seen the highs and lows play out as an investor, but actually roughed it out in operational roles including one as the CEO of Cleartrip in 2006 for three years.
A dreamer from the start, who doesn’t believe in choosing between “this or that” he did his undergrad in both business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Like all good Penn grads he dove into investment banking. However, since it was the height of the dot.com boom, he did it a little differently by moving out to Palo Alto, California to join CSFB Technology Group.
After teaming up with a friend to build a digital music company that was incubated by Sony Music – 10 years too early. He ended up selling the company to Sony after the Internet bubble burst. After a few years of living the Bay Area dream, he moved to New York to join InterActive Corp (IAC) the owners of Expedia, TicketMaster, Home Shopping Network where he helped launch Gifts.com. He started to explore the India technology opportunity and ultimately moved to Mumbai to manage investments for Sherpalo Ventures, a fund based out of Menlo Park in California. Today he's a co-founder and partner at Lightbox, a Mumbai-based venture capital firm investing in Indian consumer technology companies. He has raised over $350M from leading investors. His most recent investments include Droom, Faasos, Furlenco and AI-platform Embibe, which got a $185MM investment commitment from Reliance, India's internet super power. This is the largest AI investment in edtech any where in the world. Most of his time is spent figuring how to make something unprecedented happen. With an all-in, nothing-held-back style, he loves diving in, getting to the heart of a matter, trying new things and getting as many people as possible involved. This approach helps to find multiple solutions: some surprising, others straightforward. In a somewhat unpredictable market, Sandeep’s investment success stems from a combination of deep product instinct and unconventional thinking, that has been the basis of all his investments — from pre-revenue startups to multi-billion-dollar businesses.
Sanjay MehtaFounder Partner, 100X.VC
Sanjay Mehta is the Founder Partner at 100X.VC. He has invested in over 100+ startups in India and US through his family office Mehta Ventures. Few of the portfolio companies are Block.One, Box8, LogiNext, Consure Medical Devices, RepUp, Wow Momo - Exited Oyo Rooms, Faballey, Unbxd, Instasafe, Talview, 47Line, Allizhealth.
Kunal JainVenture Capital Investor, JSW Ventures
Ajay HattangdiManaging Partner, Alteria Capital Advisors
Gaurav ChaturvediPartner, Kae Capital
Gaurav is a Partner at Kae capital. An IITB alumnus, he co-founded ThinkLabs in 2006 and helped it grow into one of the largest STEM education companies in India. After the acquisition of ThinkLABs in 2016, Gaurav continued running the business for one more year before successfully exiting
He loves closely working with founders and helping them. A firm believer in lifelong learning, He thinks that the best way to learn for an investor is to work with the best entrepreneurs. At Kae Capital, Gaurav currently spends time overseeing investments in B2B, SaaS, and emerging technology. He sits on the boards of companies like Zetwerk, Hiver, Hippo Video and Disprz.