Conversations for founders and investors by the AngelList India team. These interviews are designed to help future and current founders get answers and for angel investors to improve their investing careers. You can find out more about AngelList India on www.angellistindia.com or get in touch with us on Twitter @AngelListIndia.
#58 Anand Chandrasekaran (Kwaish)
Anand has built five products globally with 10M+ users (one with 1 billion+ users) and co-founded Aeroprise Inc. (acq by BMC Software). Most recently, he was EVP, Product at Five9 (Nasdaq: FIVN). Five9 has added $10B in value since 2019. He is also seed investor/advisor in 80+ startups across US/India, 35 of which have grown to $250M+ and eight > $1B in valuation. Breakout investments include Dealshare (1.7B valuation), NoBroker (1B valuation), Rupeek (600M valuation) Khatabook (600M valuation), OneCard (750M valuation) , etc.
Prior to this, Anand was Director of Messenger Platform at Facebook. He was previously CPO @ Snapdeal, one of India’s e-commerce leaders. Previously, he was CPO at Bharti Airtel, a global mobile operator with 300M subscribers. Earlier, Anand was with Yahoo! as Sr. Director for Search and Mobile. He is on the board of directors at publicly listed Future Enterprises Ltd (NSE: FEL).
#57 Arjun Vaidya (Verlinvest)
Arjun Vaidya was the CEO at Dr. Vaidya's: New Age Ayurveda (until Jan 2021). Prior to his entrepreneurial stint, Arjun graduated from Brown University, USA with a BA with honors in International Relations and Economics. He then worked in private equity at a consumer sector focused fund, L Capital Asia (the private equity arm of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group) where he focused specifically on consumer brands and consumer tech.
In October 2016, Arjun quit his job to take on his 150-year-old family legacy of Ayurvedic formulations that his grandfather left behind. Dr. Vaidya’s repackaged the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda and emerged as India’s largest Ayurveda brand online. The brand has successfully reached 1m+ consumers across 500+ cities and 16,500+ pin codes in India. Arjun was the first Ayurvedic Entrepreneur to be featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List for and Business World 40 Under 40 List! Dr. Vaidya’s also won Youth SMB of the Year from Amazon and the Retail Startup Award from the Retailers Association of India. In June 2019, Dr. Vaidya’s partnered with the USD 4b RP Sanjiv Goenka Group and has now been acquired by the group – making it one of India’s first successful D2C exits.
Currently, Arjun leads venture investing for Verlinvest in India (one of the world’s largest consumer brand focused funds). He is also an active angel investor mentor to brands in India’s D2C and ecommerce ecosystem.
#56 Vishnu Acharya & Dinesh Pai (Razorpay & Rainmatter)
Vishnu leads Corp Dev/Investments at Razorpay - with a focus on supporting innovation and creating value for the payments and banking fintech ecosystem in India. Razorpay is one of India's largest NeoBanking & payments player. Vishnu also manages investments at MarsShot Ventures (an angel fund for early stage entrepreneurs).
Dinesh Pai leads initiatives for Rainmatter, which is a Fintech focused fund by Zerodha. Rainmatter believes in helping people do better with their money and deepen capital market participation in India.
#55 Shashwata Narain (Veera Health)
Shashwata Narain is the co-founder and CEO of Veera Health. Veera Health is on a mission to help women lead healthier lives. Veera’s first offering is a digital therapeutics platform that helps women identify and navigate Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), with a comprehensive offering of therapy, coaching and specialist support. Veera Health was founded in Mumbai by Shobhita and Shashwata Narain in August 2020. The sisters gained firsthand insight into the problem after Shobhita was diagnosed with PCOS a number of years ago. Shashwata has an MBA from Wharton and worked with consumer health companies at McKinsey.
#54 Rohit M A (Cloudnine)
Rohit is the Co-founder, Managing Director of Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, India's premier mother and child healthcare specialists. Rohit is amongst those limited few set of entrepreneurs who have built organisations from scratch and scaled over the years to now at the cusp of a public listing milestone. An avid startup evangelist, Rohit started investing through his fund Capier Investments over the last 5 years and has been able to use his entrepreneurial experience and skills to help invest in founders and their vision. Cloudnine aside, Rohit has built a tremendous portfolio which includes investments into marquee funds operating in the country to give him a ring side view of the best action.
#53 Rahul Raj (FloBiz)
Rahul is the co-founder & CEO of FloBiz, a Bangalore-based SMB growth focused neo-bank that he started with co-founders Aditya Naik & Rakesh Yadav in 2019. In the past, the trio built India’s first digital assets exchange Koinex in 2017. As CEO, he plays an active role in the company’s business development, marketing & growth strategies. He believes that despite being a significant contributor to the nation’s economy, SMBs are deprived of opportunities and encouragement. With the FloBiz team, he aims to unlock the immense potential of SMBs and entrepreneurs, by leveraging technology to solve the most crucial pain points of the sector.