Hottest 100 Startups - 2014

JURY / VC’S

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DEEPAK GAUR  MD, SAIF Partners.

Mr Deepak Gaur is currently the Managing Director of SAIF Partners which is one of the largest funds in India. Previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company and having handled various sectors like Consumer products/services, telecom, IT and the automotive sector, Mr Gaur has definitely become a very renowned name in the country. His hard work in the fields that belong to the present and the future has brought him to where he is today. He holds a B.Tech degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Kanpur and was awarded the Chairman\’s Gold medal in IIM Lucknow.

NIREN SHAH  MD, NVP India.

With 16 years of experience in operations, finance, investment banking and entrepreneurship from leading global financial institutions, Mr Niren Shah surely brought a lot with him to NVP India. He serves as an advisor on India-based investments across a wide range of sectors. He was the man who advised Norwest Venture Partners’ investments in Cholamandalam Finance, DealsandYou.com, FashionandYou.com, IndusInd Bank , Shriram City Union Finance, Suvidha, Yes Bank, ING Vysya Bank, Jain Irrigation, Komli Media, Pepperfry, Quikr and Ratnakar Bank.Mr Shah was also the Senior Director of Strategy and Ventures at eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) in California and was also part of the Marketplaces Ventures leadership team, where he played a vital role of considering new business opportunities, acquisitions and potential investments across the Global Marketplaces.

RAHUL CHOWDHRI  Director, Helion Venture Partners.

Rahul Chowdhri has been part of Helion investment team since 2007. His focus areas include ecommerce, digital media and education sectors. Amongst other companies, he is closely involved with investments in Bigbasket, Simplilearn, Livspace, Shopclues, Mysmartprice, Toppr at Helion. Prior to Helion, Rahul has had 9 years of experience working for companies like Microsoft, marketRx, i2 technologies and BCG. He holds an MBA degree from IIM, Calcutta and B. Tech. from IIT, Kanpur.

VIKRAM GODSE  Partnar, MD and Executive Officer, Mayfield Fund.

A dynamic man having his investment stints in various sectors, Mr Vikram Godse has been an active investor since 14 long years. The fields explored by him include logistics, wireless, education, media and financial services. He sits on the boards of The Beer Cafe(India\’s largest chain of alco-beverage cafés), Amagi (India-based geographic targeting of television advertisements) and Genesis Colors (a high-end apparel company) and led the investment into Centum Learning (Education) and Fourcee Infrastructure (Logistics). Vikram received his Bachelor\’s degree in Commerce and a Master\’s in Management Studies from the University of Bombay. This exceptionally intelligent man is a well renowned personality in the VC circle of India.

KUMAR SHIRALAGI  MD, Kalaari Capital.

With a 10 plus year track record of managing high-performing investments, Dr Kumar Shiralagi shines brighter with every mention. He is a Managing  Director at Kalaari Capital, and serves on ten company boards. He has been involved with more than 25 companies – advising and serving on various boards. He was the Country Director of Intel Capital India from 2003-2007. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Charter Member of TiE. He has published more  than 60 technical papers, holds 23 U.S. patents, and co-founded Lytek Corporation, a semiconductor laser manufacturer. These power packed achievements can make anybody look at him with truckloads of admiration.

VINOD KENI   Founder/CEO of Peachtree Management Advisors & Zeus Associates.

Vinod Keni is a serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor, world traveler and cigar aficionado.  He has more than 22 years of entrepreneurial, financial management, management consulting and operations experience. He has a track record of success as a serial entrepreneur, C-level executive and management consultant.  He currently is the Founder/CEO of Peachtree Management Advisors & Zeus Associates, both of which provide management, strategy, finance and operational consulting to small and medium enterprises, family owned companies and multinationals. He is the Founder/Chairman of Peachtree Financial Services, a venture debt fund in India.  As the founder/CEO of Aquarian Management Services, he advised and mentored several early and growth stage organizations in India, and provided operational, financial and cross-border advisory services to US & European multinationals entering and operating in India.

ARVIND VOHRA   Country CEO & MD – Gionee Smartphones India.

Mr Arvind R Vohra, Country CEO & MD for Gionee  smartphone business in India. He gave up a comfortable job to get into entrepreneurship way back in 2008. He partnered with Gionee to launch this brand in India in March 2013 and under his leadership it has grown to take the top pf mind recall in the ever confusing and competitive handset industry in India. With his passion and drive, Mr Vohra is sure to make Gionee the top smartphone brand in India very soon. Apart from that he is also an investor in True caller, triporto and is looking forward to mentor promising startups.

SAHIL SANI  Chairman, Sahil Global Ventures.

Mr Sahil Sani is Chairman at Sahil Global Ventures and Director at Sahil International among other group companies. He is India’s exclusive distributor for legendary brands like Jbl &  harmankardon. Through his investment arm SGV, he invests in Early stage startups that disrupt known business models. His firms have pioneered innovative distribution, marketing and brand building for brands that wanted to enter India. Sahil was recently awarded by Reliance Digital for the category ” Most Innovative business model” over a nominee group that included the world’s top technology firms. He has already invested in start ups like  Just buy live ,  retailking etc and now mentoring them on their journey.

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