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As per various estimates, India has more than 500 active angel investors, mostly associated with national and regional angel networks like Indian Angel Network, Chennai Angels and Mumbai Angels. Then there are a few who are either entrepreneurs or seasoned professionals with deep interest in Indian start-up ecosystem. Continuing with the series of showcasing India’s most active and prolific entrepreneurs and industry professionals investing* in technology companies, Entrepreneur this time brings to you those based in Mumbai.

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Vishal Gondal

Among a few dotcom veterans who survived the year 2000 dotcom bubble burst, Gondal exudes a devil-may-care attitude in taking decisions both as an entrepreneur and angel investor. After selling Indiagames to Disney for $100 million, Gondal, based in Mumbai and the US, launched a wearable technology start-up GOQii in early 2014.

Investments made: Around 12 including Ziffi.com & Examify

Focused sector(s): Education, gaming, retail technology, advertising & mobile

Ratan Tata

Tata Groups’ Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata’s new found love for high-growth digital businesses has led him to invest in six such companies including Snapdeal, Paytm and Xiaomi. Tata has been investing in them through his consultancy firm RNT Associates (for M&As, international collaboration, etc), set up in 2009.

Investments made: 9 including Urban Ladder, Bluestone, CarDekho, Swasth India, Altaeros Energies & Grameen Capital India

Focussed sector(s): Technology & e-commerce

Anupam Mittal

Ace angel investor and founder and CEO of People Group that owns platforms like Shaadi.com and Anupam Mittal has around 45 start-ups in his portfolio. The valuations of Olacabs, Sapience Analytics, etc. in which he had invested, have already gone through the roof.

Investments made: Around 45 including Olacabs, Druva Software (exited) & Little Eye Labs (exited)

Focussed sector(s): Consumer Internet, mobile, clean technology, SaaS & health care

Zishaan Hayath

Hayath is a well-known name in angel investment circle for his investments in start-ups like Olacabs and Housing.com, founded by his juniors at IIT-Bombay. After running a mobile commerce marketplace, Chaupaati Bazaar, in 2008, Hayath launched online test prep venture, Toppr, in 2013 and angel investment club, Powai Lake Ventures.

Investments made: 14 including Olacabs, Housing.com & AdPushup

Focussed sector(s): sector agnostic

Gautam Shewakramani

Shewakramani founded mobile-based travel guide AudioCompass in 2011 that converts smartphones into audio tour guides. Meanwhile, he has been as an active angel investor and advisor to early stage start-ups.

Investments made: 5 including Exotel

Focussed sector(s): Consumer Internet, enterprise software, mobile, health care & travel and tourism

Roshan Abbas

Known television and film personality, Abbas runs Encompass Events, an experiential marketing and brand communication firm. He is also a “superangel” with GSF Superangels, founded by Rajesh Sawhney.

Investments made: Around 6 including Flintobox & HackerEarth

Focussed sector(s): Clean technology, consumer Internet, enterprise software & mobile

Nitin Gupta

Gupta had earlier co-founded Relcy in 2013, an app-based search engine that he exited last year. He is currently the Software Engineer at Google in San Francisco Bay Area and invests in Indian and US start-ups such as tushky.com and Sprint.ly.

Investments made: 7 including tushky, inDinero & Casetext

Focussed sector(s): Consumer Internet, enterprise software, mobile & health care

Anand Ladsariya

Founder of Everest Flavours, the family-owned manufacturer and exporter of menthol, peppermint oil and flavours and fragrances, Ladsariya is among the likes of India’s most prolific angel investors Sharad Sharma and Rehan Yar Khan. However, he has probably kept a low profile ever since 2007 when he turned angel investor.

Investments made: More than 50 including MobiQuest, GreenDust & Exclusively.in (acquired by Snapdeal in February 2015)

Focussed sector(s): technology-led sector-agnostic businesses

Taher Khorakiwala

Khorakiwala is an early-stage investor in India and US-based start-ups. He operates MeemAin Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm focusing on family offices founded in 2012. Khorakiwala also mentors start-ups.

Investments made: More than 14 including GOQii, Ziffi.com & IndiaCollegeSearch.com

Focussed sector(s): Technology-led sector-agnostic businesses

Ashpi Gupta

A former head at Mumbai Angels, Gupta turned entrepreneur last year in 2014 with Happy Tripping, a social community for travellers and marketplace for travel specialists. Gupta has a knack for identifying potential portfolio start-ups and managing diligence process.

Investments made: 5 including InMobi & Exclusively.in

Focussed sector(s): Technology-led sector-agnostic businesses

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