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Team & Advisors

  • Rahul Chandra

    Managing Director

    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

    Managing Director

    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.

  • Garima Sehra

    Analyst

    Garima prospects new investment opportunities; undertakes deal evaluation along with existing portfolio operations at Arkam. Previously, she was part of the International Tax Consulting and Advisory practice at EY India where she consulted on and assisted in negotiation of transfer pricing adjustments for inter-group transactions for global clients like Vodafone; Rayban; Paytm; Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Indigo Airlines. Her last stint was as an Investment Analyst with Lumis Partners and it's associated thematic fellowship and fund, Supply Chain Labs. Garima is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. When not diving deep into Financial Models, she can be found practicing yoga; reading a book; listening to a tech podcast or traveling.

  • Srinivas Pusarla

    Manager Finance

    Srinivas is a Senior Finance professional with over 20 years of experience in managing Finance functions of IT / IT Services Companies, Start-ups etc. He has rich experience in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Auditing, Budgeting, MIS, Statutory Compliance, Secretarial functions and implementation of SAP and Oracle Financials. He also has exposure in building start-ups, Funding activities, Due Diligence, Merger & Acquisition and integration activities. He has worked with IT services companies like iRunway India, AppLabs Technologies and Deloitte. Srinivas is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an Associate Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

  • Ankit Surana

    Manager Finance

    Ankit brings wide range of experience in finance, accountancy, audit and taxation. Previously, he was associated with Sequoia India where he was a part of finance team. Ankit is a qualified chartered accountant and also a qualified company secretary. He holds a bachelors degree in commerce from Kutch University, Gujarat. He is passionate about sports and loves to go on a drive and hit the gym whenever he gets time.

  • Pravan Malhotra
    Advisor

    Pravan brings deep expertise as a global Growth/VC technology investor across enterprise, consumer, and sustainability-linked sectors...

    Pravan brings deep expertise as a global Growth/VC technology investor across enterprise, consumer, and sustainability-linked sectors. He has two decades of global investment experience, including 12 years at IFC leading their Growth/VC investments across Series B, C, and D rounds in India and then Southeast Asia. During his time at IFC, Pravan led investments and was a Board member or Observer at companies such as Lenskart, BigBasket, Moglix, Reddoorz, NephroPlus, and Azure Power. He also led LP investments and took on LPAC roles at Jungle Ventures, SeedPlus, and Wavemaker Partners.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.