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India’s most prolific angel investors

Sep 08, 2014




  • Indias most prolificAngel InvestorsMay 2013
  • Angel investors are a keypart of the startup ecosystemIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • They provide funds andadvice to support early stagecompanies...Indias most prolific Angel Investors
  • ...that lets these companiesbuild their initial products andassemble an early teamIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Angel investors help startupsget into shape for a largerround of fundingIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Angel investors bear high riskas they often work withunproven ideas/productsIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Angel investing is just pickingup in India...Indias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Having said that, there are afew angels whove beengenerous when it comes tonumber of investmentsIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • We got the list foryou...Indias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Along with the compilationof all the companiestheyve invested inIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Read on. But remember thatthis is not a ranking list. Its acompilationIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Indias most prolificAngel Investors
  • Indias 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. Hes 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
  • Indias 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
  • Indias 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.
  • Indias 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)
  • 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.Indias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Indias 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
  • Indias 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
  • 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.Indias most prolific Angel Investors
  • Indias 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
  • 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: godinchiefIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • 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 newsmodelIndias most prolific Angel Investors
  • 5) Rajesh SawhneyRajesh Sawhney is the founder of Global Superangels Forum (GSF) and haspreviously worked a