Former entrepreneur, currently Early Stage VC Investor at Astarc Ventures
Mumbai Area, India
Entrepreneur turned Investor. Actively looking for early stage companies (tech/tech enabled businesses) to invest in. Apart from investing, would like to add value, helping in sales, in hiring, in building partnerships with other companies and future fund raising. Earlier at Venture Intelligence, had the opportunity to head the research function assisting Venture Capital/ Private Equity Analysts with their requirements on Valuation of Financing/Acquisition Transactions. Played a key role in building technology based products - improvising existing products and launching new ones. Prior to Venture Intelligence, as an Entrepreneur, built an education ERP+CRM startup SchoolMATE from scratch. During this stint, headed sales and tech support teams, raised angel funding for the venture and later, exited the venture by selling it to a listed education company. Specialties: Business Analysis, Startup Ventures, Valuation, Technology Product Management
Fund Manager, Astarc Ventures
Nov 2014 to Present
Astarc Ventures is an early stage fund looking at investments in technology and technology enabled startups at very early stages. Launched in 2014, the fund looks at typical target investment ticket size of 1 Cr to 2 Cr (200k to 300k USD). Involved in sourcing, evaluating, negotiating and structuring deals, and in aiding the portfolio companies in their businesses. We strive to add value through refining business models, helping them win sales, in hiring, in building partnerships with other companies and future fund raising.
Advisor Technology, Venture Intelligence
Dec 2013 to Present
Advice the CEO on new technology initiatives
Advisor and Investor, Kobster.com
Dec 2012 to Present
Act as a sounding board on overall strategic direction of the company, reviewing periodically the progress on key metrics, open doors with potential customers/ partners/ investors
MMS, BITS Pilani
Jul 1998 to May 2002
, Birla Institute of Technology and Science
Dec 1997 to Dec 2001
, Don Bosco
Dec 1990 to Dec 1997
Good Conversation - but too many questions from other side took away most of the time. Would like to get my questions answered and will have to schedule a follow up call maybe of a longer duration.
Great call !!! Totally worth it.