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Team & Advisors

  • Rahul Chandra

    Partner

    Rahul was one of the earliest tech VCs in India, starting in 1998 as part of the team at Walden International's India-focused fund. He later moved to Palo Alto, CA to invest in Silicon Valley start-ups. In 2005, he co-founded Helion Ventures and relocated to India. At Helion, he invested more than $100M in 15 companies, a list that includes Equitas (IPO), Spandana (IPO), Shubham Housing, UnitedLex, Toppr, Railyatri, MoEngage and Seclore. Rahul has an undergraduate degree from BITS, Pilani and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He is the author of "The Moonshot Game - Adventures of an Indian VC", a book that captures his experience of investing in India from 2006 to 2016.

  • Bala Srinivasa

    Partner

    Bala has been a Wall Street analyst and a two time start-up executive (with one exit) prior to becoming a VC. He was previously Partner at Kalaari Capital, a leading early stage venture capital firm where he backed start-ups across areas such as lending, mobile brokerage, credit scoring, food/grocery and media. Prior to Kalaari, Bala was part of management teams at two successful analytics start-ups where he ran sales, marketing and product functions. His last start-up, Amba Research, was acquired by Moody's (NYSE:MCO) in 2013. Bala started his career as a Wall Street analyst covering the software sector in San Francisco. He has an undergraduate degree from BITS, Pilani and an MBA from the University of Toledo.

  • Priyank Shrivastava

    VP Finance

    Priyank has varied experience across the Finance and Operations functions in organizations such as Kois Invest, True North, and PwC. Before joining Arkam Ventures, Priyank headed the Finance function at Kois Invest. He is very passionate about teaching and loves to discuss unconventional ways to make teaching more engaging and interesting. Priyank is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Bhopal University.

  • Shishir Sharma

    Analyst

    Shishir brings an array of experiences from working in start-ups, venture/growth capital funds, and management consulting. In his last role at Nomura Consulting, he graduated to the position of engagement lead, where he helped solve multi-layered business strategy problems for C-suites of multinationals. While Shishir loves spending his free time watching F1 and listening to music, he is passionate about high impact businesses driving meaningful and sustainable benefits for the masses. Shishir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

  • Ravi Venkatesan
    Advisor

    Ravi is the founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) , a coalition which aims to create 10M local entrepreneurs...

    Ravi is the founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) , a coalition which aims to create 10M local entrepreneurs in India and Africa by 2030. His past roles include: Former Chairman of Bank of Baroda; Board Member at Rockefeller Foundation; Founder of Social Venture Partners India, a pan-India network of engaged philanthropists; Former Chairman of Microsoft India and Former Board member and Co-Chairman of Infosys.

  • Vikas Choudhury
    Advisor

    Vikas is President at Reliance Jio, where he is involved in the central management of India’s highest consumer conglomerate in digital...

    Vikas is President at Reliance Jio, where he is involved in the central management of India’s highest consumer conglomerate in digital, telecom, and retail. He has led consumer and commercial growth to 350 million consumers, new businesses in fintech and advertising, acquisitions in technology and retail, and now e-commerce across grocery and electronics. He was previously MD India of Aimia Inc, the world’s largest data-driven marketing company. He is the founding member of Mumbai Angels and a partner in the PE multi-family office, Pivot Ventures. Its marquee portfolio includes two unicorns, InMobi, and Myntra. Vikas has Master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School. He is a Co-President of the Harvard Alumni Club of Mumbai.

  • Jeremy Lim
    Advisor

    Jeremy is co-founder of AMiLi, the region’s first microbiome bank and sequencing service the region medical doctor...

    Jeremy is co-founder of AMiLi, the region’s first microbiome bank and sequencing service centered in Singapore serving the region. http://amili.asia/  A medical doctor trained in surgery and public health, Jeremy was most recently a partner in Oliver Wyman's Health and Life Sciences practice in Asia which he founded in 2013. He also writes regularly for both the scientific and popular media and in 2013 authored "Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System," a book on the Singapore health system and the lessons for health reform efforts in other countries. He consults regularly for international organizations such as the WHO and World Bank and also advises several digital health companies globally. Jeremy served as President of the Fulbright Association (Singapore). Jeremy is the convener for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Singapore alumni.

  • Anand Chandrasekharan
    Advisor

    Anand has led five products globally with 10M+ users across omni-channel messaging, e-commerce, financial...

    Anand has led five products globally with 10M+ users across omni-channel messaging, e-commerce, financial services and premium content (with one having over a billion users and two others with over 50M users). He co-founded and built Aeroprise Inc. (acquired by BMC Software in 2009). Anand is Executive Vice President, Product Management at Five9 (Nasdaq: FIVN). Most recently, Anand was Director, Messenger for Business Platform at Facebook, leading the growth of the platform to 350,000+ active developers and driving 8B+ messages between businesses and consumers. He was previously Chief Product Officer at Snapdeal, one of India's earliest e-commerce companies. Prior to that he was CPO at Bharti Airtel, the #3 mobile operator globally with 300M subscribers driving new product development. He is also a seed investor in 50+ start-ups. Anand holds an M.S. in Electrical Engg. from Stanford University, and a B.E. in Communications Engineering from PSG College of Technology (India).

  • Hari TN
    Advisor

    Hari has been with five start-ups and played a role in shaping the successful exits at the first four. He is currently...

    Hari has been with five start-ups and played a role in shaping the successful exits at the first four. He is currently the HR Head at Bigbasket and an author of four books, the last being “Saying No to Jugaad – The Making of Bigbasket”. He is finishing his next book titled, “One to Ten – Growth without the Growth Pangs”. He is actively involved in India’s start-up ecosystem in multiple ways, including as a mentor at accelerators, an angel investor, and a sounding board to entrepreneurs.

  • Arun Balakrishnan
    Advisor

    Arun Balakrishnan has built his career around promoting innovation and transformation in the insurance business and...

    Arun Balakrishnan has built his career around promoting innovation and transformation in the insurance business and has more than 10 years of experience launching start-ups. He is the Founder and CEO of Xceedance, a global Insuretech firm with a footprint of 1600 employees providing products and services to the insurance industry. Before founding Xceedance, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway Insurance in India.

  • Ameen Haque
    Advisor

    Ameen believes that the moment we are in business -- any business -- we are also in the storytelling business. As the founder...

    Ameen believes that the moment we are in business -- any business -- we are also in the storytelling business. As the founder of Storywallahs, he helps leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs become better storytellers. Starting at Ogilvy, Ameen has worked for over 20 years in Advertising, Marketing and Brand Consulting at firms like McCann-Erickson, Madura Garments and Futurebrands.