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India’s most prolific angel investors

  1. India’s most prolificAngel InvestorsMay 2013
  2. Angel investors are a keypart of the startup ecosystemIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  3. They provide funds andadvice to support early stagecompanies...India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  4. ...that lets these companiesbuild their initial products andassemble an early teamIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  5. Angel investors help startupsget into shape for a largerround of fundingIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  6. Angel investors bear high riskas they often work withunproven ideas/productsIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  7. Angel investing is just pickingup in India...India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  8. Having said that, there are afew angels who’ve beengenerous when it comes tonumber of investments…India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  9. We got the list foryou...India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  10. Along with the compilationof all the companiesthey’ve invested in…India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  11. Read on. But remember thatthis is not a ranking list. It’s acompilationIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  12. India’s most prolificAngel Investors
  13. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsRajan Anandan is a Sri Lankan who is currently theHead of Google India. He was earlier the ManagingDirector of Microsofts Sales Marketing and Servicesbusiness in India before which he was the MD atDell India. He’s probably the most prolific angelinvestor in India at the moment. He Invests only intech companies (in India) with above par techfounders. He appreciates focus on ideas that meet areal need of consumers or businessesDetailed interview here1) Rajan Anandan
  14. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:Capillary Technologies: Cloud-Based Loyalty, Mobile and Social CRM SolutionsDruva: Integrated platform for endpoint backup, secure file sharing, data loss preventionand real-time analyticsWebengage: SaaS based toolkit for online businesses which allows them to run on-sitemarketing campaigns, get customer insights and collect feedback.Reach Accountant: A software which connects the accountant and the small businessesSapience: Software solution that delivers significant work output gains from existingteams at Remote dependable technical support and quality repair service Making online teaching and learning easierMobilewalla: Big data venture that collects all publicly available information regardingmobile apps, computes analytics and provides intelligencePeel-Works: Helps organizations increase the efficiency of their sales teamStepOut: A social network which helps people meet up in the real world
  15. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:Instamojo: Simplifying online commerce by making the payment checkout process supersimpleEmo2: Builds hardware and software to bring inanimate surfaces to life (e.g. restauranttables)HashCube: Makes social games on FacebookAyojak: A 360 solution to organize an event, managing online-offline event ticket sales,payment processing, event marketing, and event Niche services to the new-age generation to-be married couplesTaxspanner: Online preparation and filing of individual Income Tax Returns (ITR)SkoolShop: eCommerce portal for school and education productsDigilogues: Digital communications service providerCherishmaternity: One stop shop for all pregnancy, maternity and infant needsabreakplease: Helps discover and book weekend getaways24/7 Techies: Tech Support for SMBsiDubba: Improving the TV viewing Online portal for Bollywood, Fashion & Lifestyle.
  16. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsCompanies that were acquired:Buytheprice (acquired by Tradus) (acquired by Myntra)Videa Capital (acquired by Allegro)Authorstream (acquired by Wiziq) (acquired by VuClip)Hungryzone (Acquired by Justeat)Authorgen Technologies (acquired by Educomp)
  17. 2) Sharad SharmaSharad Sharma is an executive council member at NASSCOM. Hehas previously served as the CEO of Yahoo! India R&D and wasresponsible for emerging markets engineering and several keyglobal products. He is an evangelist for developing technologyproduct businesses in India.Sharad is sector agnostic when it comes to investing and hisinvestment thesis keeps evolving. Has made investments inenterprise, consumer, hardware and more. Detailed interview here.India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  18. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:- Lead investor or Board Member:Druva : Data protection and backupOrangeScape : A visual platform as a service provider partners Google inCloud platform Partner Program.Unbxd : A virtual salesperson on a e-commerce siteAurusNet : Brings the high-definition video communication products and alsooffers the first completely cloud based HD video conferencing solutionPeel-works : A company which helps keep organization an eye on their salesstaffStayzilla : Revolutionizing hotel accommodation and booking in India
  19. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsHashcube : About 2 million users use this social gaming websiteTechFetch : Creating effortless job search along with instant recruitments.MobileWalla : Offers the intersection of Big Data powered Analytics &MobilityBrandSigma : Analytics for Brand Management combining marketing sciencewith large data sets.Vayavya Labs : Electronic System Level (ESL) Design ro enhance theproductivity of Embedded system designers and programmers.- Active investor: i7 Networks, TaxSpanner, Kwench, BirdsEye, Consure- Through IIF: Surewaves, Iken, Mitra biotech, Sedemac- Adviser – Eventifier, others
  20. 3) Ravi GururajRavi Gururaj is the Vice president of Cloudplatform at Citrix and the co-founder of Harvard Businessschool alumni angels. He likes to invest in simple defendableideas in which he believes he can add value beyond simplywriting a check. He prefers seed rounds where both theproduct and idea are malleable. He generally stays away fromoffline, capex heavy and horizontal e commerce opportunities.More from Ravi Gururaj in these interviews: Here, here andhere.India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  21. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:Aurus NetworksPretty Secrets : An online brand which offers lingerie, nightwear, swimwear, shape wear & accessories.Ayojak: A 360 solution to organize an event, managing online-offline event ticket sales, paymentprocessing, event marketing, and event logistics.Tuebora* : It provides comprehensive cloud based Identity and Access Governance solutions satisfying theneeds of a wide range of Organizations.GrexIT* : It helps Google Apps users to create an online repository of knowledge out of their day to dayemail communication.SyncUsUp : It is cross-platform mobile & web apps for iOS & Android that will truly transform and simplifySocial Contact & Address Book Management.Pretty Secrets: An eCommerce portal specializing in a niche- lingerie.TookiTaki : It does semantic search on social media for any product and finds out people who areinterested in it.Moojic : It gives you the power to choose the tunes that play in your favourite hangout.In the pipeline: Gridsense, Systematics, SocialNewsStand*Citrix Startup Accelerator Investments
  22. 4) Vishal GondalVishal Gondal is a partner at Sweat and blood venture group. He is also thefounder and CEO of Indiagames, a company he founded right out of college.He is the poster boy of the Indian games industry. He primarily invests inonline companies, but is completely sector agnostic in his choices, investingin a range of sectors like travel, healthcare and product management.Read our interview with him and his blog: godinchiefIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  23. Investments:Skift: Travel Industry focused content siteBabuki: Allows users to chat with Facebook, MSN, AIM, Yahoo and Gtalkfriends from the web or the desktopGama Entertainment: A developer and manufacturer of entertainmenthardware & software products for the retail industryDocsuggest: Simplifying healthcareMeracareerguide: Helping students make informed career decisionsExamify: A product to help students prepare for examsOnContract: Online marketplace to find people and services on contract.Indix: A product management softwareInstablogs: Conversational platform built around the collaborative newsmodelIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  24. 5) Rajesh SawhneyRajesh Sawhney is the founder of Global Superangels Forum (GSF) and haspreviously worked as the president of Reliance Entertainment. He likes toinvest in startups that have clearly differentiated ideas and are targeting abig market. He invests behind founders and teams that want to change theworld and dream big. He has invested in healthcare, e commerce andanalytics related companies.Read more about Rajesh and GSF hereIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  25. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:Viki: A global TV siteMobstac: Helps create mobile websitesBiosense: Healthcare startup into devices and taking technology advances inhealthcare to the masses.Chhotu: eCommerce delivery solutionsAutowale: 24*7 Dial-A-RickShaw ServiceBrandidea: Consulting and SW Applications for Business Analytics for MassMarket Brand Owners & Managers in India.Speakwell: An English training companyPlaycez: A location based app that recommends events and activities in thevicinity to users.Serial Innovations (exited): Serial Innovations designs, builds and deployssystems for defense and homeland security applications.DEXL: A learning solution.Rajesh is also the founder of GSF Accelerator wherein he has stakes incompanies.
  26. 6) Seeders-Abhishek Rungta andPallav NadhaniAbhishek Rungta is the CEO and founder of Indus Net Technologies whilePallav Nadhani is the CEO and Founder of Fusion charts. Together, theduo founded Seeders which invests in early stage companies. Theyprefer to invest in entrepreneurs who are resilient, bootstrapped andare sharply focused. They mainly invest in tech startups.Read more on our interviews with Pallav, here and here. Find Abhishek’sblog here and an interview here.India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  27. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:Plivo: Provides scalable and feature-rich voice and messaging platform wrappedwith flexible APIsiimjobs: A jobs portaliDubba: Builds products to make the TV viewing experience betterEduora: A startup in the field of An online marketplace for everything with an Indian touchAzoi: Azoi is a start-up that works on integrating natural interaction andubiquitous computing into consumer technology products.Cropex: Produces eco-friendly, result oriented agrochemicals.CapriconGifting: A corporate gifts and promotional products companyCarSingh:An automotive classified website for the auto market in IndiaNeoBVM: Digital marketing companyiPlus Training: Training for English and government jobs
  28. 7) Anand LadsariyaAnand Ladsariya is the CEO and promoter director ofEverest Flavours Ltd., a privately owned manufacturing and exports company.Anand has made more than 40 investments in the Indian startup space. This listincludes companies like:Vellvette: subscription based eCommerce company dealing with beautyproductsTraffline: Offers real time traffic conditions for Mumbai, Delhi and BangaloreTookitaki: Social audience discovery and retargeting platformFrameBench: Online collaboration and communication for creative teams*Other companies haven’t been included on request.India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  29. 8) Sunil KalraIndia’s most prolific Angel InvestorsSunil Karla is a member of the Indian Angel network. He is also onthe Board of Governors of the University of Petroleum and EnergyStudies. He invests in a wide range of startups. He prefers onlinestartups in the service sector although he also has significantinvestments in the microfinance and analytics space.
  30. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:Aurality: Personal mobile radio for the textual web.Closed down.Instamojo: Simplifying online commerce by making the payment checkoutprocess easyJigsee: Free mobile video streaming applicationHashcube:Makes social games on facebookMobilewalla: Big data venture that collects all publicly available informationregarding mobile apps, computes analytics and provides Niche services to the new-age generation to-be married couplesUnbxd : A virtual salesperson on a e-commerce Online income tax filing portalKwench: Builds social intranet platforms for companiesVayavyalabs: Electronics system level designerOrangeScape : A visual platform as a service provider partners Google in Cloudplatform Partner Program.Cherishmaternity: One stop shop for all pregnancy, maternity and infantneeds
  31. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsPeel-Works: Helps organizations increase the efficiency of their sales teamSensibol: Builds interactive audio applications for edutainmentGoonj: Channelizes unsued materials from urban households to rural areasSkoolshop: Online portal for school accessoriesDruva: Data protection and backupUtkarsh: Microfinance firmConsure: Healthcare startup that deals with fecal incontinenceInnovise tech: Develop mobile websites and appsAcquired companies:Innoveda: Engages in the development, marketing, and provision of technicalsupport (acquired by Mentor Graphics Corp)Buytheprice: Ecommerce portal (aquired by Tradus)
  32. 9) Rehan Yar KhanRehan Yar Khan is a partner in Orios Venture partners. Taking a leap intoentrepreneurship in early 90’s, RYK started in 2004 from theUS. In 2008, he came full circle as an entrepreneur and started investing inearly stage companies in India. He is also a board member on the IndianAngels network and the Harvard Angels. He has led investments in morethan 15 early stage companies.Interview on investment philosophy hereIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  33. Investments:Sapience: Software solution that delivers significant workoutput gains from existing teams at companiesPolama: Online Holiday company with a unique membership programGroffr: Online group buying in real estateOlacabs: Online cab booking portalReach Accountant: A software which connects the accountant and the smallbusinessesDruva: Integrated platform for endpoint backup, secure file sharing, dataloss prevention and real-time analyticsKwench: cloud based employee engagement platformTaxspanner: Online preparation and filing of individual Income Tax Returns(ITR)Acquired (acquired by Myntra)Buytheprice (acquired by Tradus) (acquired by VuClip)India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  34. 10) Krishnan andMeena GaneshKrishnan and Meena Ganesh are both entrepreneurs with decades of experience.After completing 100 % sale of TutorVista to Pearson in February 2013 for $ 213 mmvaluation, they are promoting entrepreneurship through their platform They look for passionate entrepreneurs who are consumed by their idea to createsomething new. In terms of space, they are looking at blue-ocean spaces, disruptivebusiness models that can change the status quo without having to compete withexisting players. They like entrepreneurs who want to solve big problems. The biggerthe problem, the more value can be created.Interviews here and here. More on their blog: GrowthStoryIndia’s most prolific Angel Investors
  35. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:Bluestone: An online jewellery shopping storeBigBasket: Online grocery storeMustSeeIndia: A portal about complete travel information for IndiaDelyver: Enabling home delivery of restaurant foodBookAdda: An online book store
  36. 11) Sashi ReddiSashi Reddi is a serial entrepreneur. His latest company, AppLabs, wasa leader in software testing and was acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) inSeptember 2011. He looks for companies with a strong, committed founding team where he hasthe ability to contribute positively using his experience and network to give a significantadvantage to the company. Sashi’s comfort zone is technology, ideally straddling the India-UScorridor but is open to investing in non-software companies focused on India or the US. Thefounding team must have a realistic horizon for building out the company, impeccable integrity,and passion for their business. He prefer firms playing into large global trends but focused ondominating a small niche within that overall market.Read our interview here and more on his site: Sri Capital.India’s most prolific Angel Investors
  37. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsInvestments:Oximity: Revolutionizing the way that news is generated and consumedHealthify: Intends to provide a fun and effective way to manage your healthInvntn: Has developed some cool technology that will revolutionize augmentedreality.Glassbeam: Provides analytical solutions based on machine log data for some ofthe world’s leading technology companies.KonciergeMD: Revolutionizing the way that patients interact with their doctors.Identropy: A cloud-based identity-as-a-service company.Edutor: Designs, develops and markets innovative, technology-basededucational productsThinci: Chip design company in stealth mode
  38. India’s most prolific Angel InvestorsGIBSS: multi-channeled business that offers compelling operational,maintenance and energy solutions to help buildings reduce costs, reduce carbonemissions and raise productivity.Shopo: online marketplace for Indian handmade, handcrafted, and designergoods.Silicon India: largest network of Indian professionals worldwide.Sashi invests via other funds as well, more details here
  39. Notes:This list has been compiled without any intention of ranking.And the list is not exhaustive. There are many more angelinvestors in the Indian startup space.In this list, the focus has been on individual angel investors.Apart from these, there are a lot of angel networks (IAN,Mumbai Angels, HBS Angels, etc.) and funds (Seedfund,Blume Ventures, India Quotient, etc.) that invest in earlystage companies.A comprehensive list of investors in India can be found onour product- YS Pages.List of investors
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