Techcircle India Ecommerce Summit, to be held on February 10 and 11 at The Westin, Gurgaon, will be the biggest conference on ecommerce in the country and will holistically discuss the opportunities and challenges in the sector through a diverse set of topics. It will bring together an impressive gathering of experienced and budding entrepreneurs along with angel, VC and PE investors. The event offers attractive opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect with top investors. Here is a line-up of investors to look out for at the summit.
Bejul Somaia, MD, Lightspeed India Partners
Somaia has 17 years of operating, entrepreneurial and investment experience in India and the US. His background and interests encompass technology and non-technology businesses. He serves on the boards of Indian Energy Exchange, Oyo Rooms, Itz Cash Card, OneAssist, Limeroad and Fashionara.
Deepak Gaur, MD, SAIF Partners
SAIF Partners is one of the largest and most active funds investors in early and growth-stage companies. Gaur joined SAIF in 2006 from McKinsey & Company where he was a consultant with focus on consumer products/services, IT, telecom and the automotive sector. He has also worked with IBM Global Services in its telecom and media services division. His primary area of focus is growth equity investments in technology-driven businesses.
Samir Kumar, MD, Inventus Advisory Services India
Kumar has been an early-stage venture investor in India since 2001. Prior to co-founding Inventus, he led the India venture investing team at Acer Technology Ventures where he made early-stage investments in the technology sector. Before becoming a venture investor, Kumar spent about 15 years in the Indian IT industry in sales, marketing and product management roles. He started his career with Computer Point in 1986 and then spent about 10 years in Wipro Infotech from 1988. He also worked as marketing chief at Planetasia from 1999 to 2001.
Kashyap Deorah, entrepreneur, investor and writer
Deorah has split his time between Silicon Valley and India building technology companies over the past 15 years. He has started and sold three companies, worked with public companies in the US and India, invested in a score of startups, and mentored many more. He started his first company, RightHalf.com, during his final year at IIT Bombay in 2000. In 2007, he started Chaupaati Bazaar, a phone commerce marketplace, then merged it with India’s leading retailer Future Group. In 2012, he co-founded mobile payments company Chalo and sold it to San Francisco-based OpenTable, a leader in the restaurant reservations segment.
Mohit Bhatnagar, MD, Sequoia Capital
Bhatnagar serves on the board of Prizm Payments, Comviva, Ujjivan Microfinance, IMI Mobile, Ideacts, Knowlarity Communications, Micromax Mobile, One Assist and Citrus Pay. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, he served as a senior vice president at Bharti Airtel where he helped scale the business from a few states into a leading national wireless carrier. Earlier, he co-founded Brightpod, a wireless startup in the US, by orchestrating a spin-off from Ericsson Mobile Systems.
Rahul Chandra, co-founder and MD, Helion Venture Partners
Chandra has 17 years of venture capital investing and corporate development experience in technology product and services companies in India and the US. He serves on the boards of Seclore, Shubham, UnitedLex, Netambit, Mindworks and manages investments in Cucumber Town, EzeTap, Spandana and Equitas. Chandra has invested in more than 30 early-to-mid-stage companies such as Mindtree, Ikanos (IKAN), e4e Inc and Techspan (Headstrong). Previously, he worked in the capital markets group at Lazard India, and in the primary market department at the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
Rajinder Balaraman, VP, Matrix Partners
Balaraman has worked with some fantastic entrepreneurs and business leaders over the past decade at Matrix, Unilever and Booz & Co. At Booz in the US, he advised management teams across industries, especially consumer, media and healthcare. At Matrix, he aspires to enable entrepreneurs to create valuable companies. His investments include GrownOut, Ola, Stayzilla and WeAreHolidays.
Karan Mohla, Executive Director, IDG Ventures India
Mohla serves on the boards of Peel-Works, VServ Digital, Adadyn, Aurus (Superprofs.com) and Tripoto. He is also a board observer at Brainbees Solutions (Firstcry.com), Silverpush and Yatra. He has been investing in Indian companies since 2009 and leads the sector coverage in digital consumer investments at IDG Ventures.
We will add more investors to this list, so watch out for attractive platforms to connect with them and pitch your ideas. If you are a budding entrepreneur or a startup enthusiast seeking inputs on building a business, Techcircle India Ecommerce Summit will provide you with the right exposure.
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