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A Few Good Men

The poster boys of Indian start-up ecosystem wear two hats - first of a successful entrepreneur who has got the world take Indian start-up boom seriously, and second of an angel investor. More than a regular angel investor who invests with his head and heart as an investor, an entrepreneur invests with an investor mindset too but with a heart of an entrepreneur.

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Beginning this month with Delhi/NCR, Entrepreneur will showcase city-wise India’s most active and prolific entrepreneurs cum angel investors.


Deep Kalra

Founder and CEO of NASDAQ-listed MakeMyTrip.com, Deep Kalra announced setting up of a $15-million innovation fund last year in September to help early-stage start-ups in the travel segment. An avid angel investor, Kalra however now invests through existing angel networks and seed funds like IAN, Kae Capital and Blume Ventures.

Investments Made: Around 15, including Wishberry and TrulyMadly

Investment Window: NA

Focussed Sector(s): Internet



Rajan Anandan

Heading Google India till early this year, Anandan was promoted as the head of Google South-East Asia also. His experience of around 12 years in technology domain has equipped him with precise understanding of the Internet, mobile and SaaS ecosystem globally.

Investments Made: Around 55, including

Capillary Technologies, Instamojo, Druva,

Airwoot and Mapmygenome

Investment Window: $5k-50k

Focussed Sector(s): Internet, mobile and SaaS


Kunal Bahl

After tweaking his own business (Snapdeal) model several times before finding real growth through the marketplace model, co-founder and CEO Kunal Bahl surely knows how to push the  start-up’s growth. Bahl actively scouts and invests in start-ups that are aligned with Snapdeal’s growth in one way or the other.

Investments Made: Around 10,

including Ola Cabs, Tiny Owl,

Bewakoof and Routofy

Investment Window: NA

Focussed Sector(s): Internet and mobile


Sanjeev Bikhchandani

He is one of India’s earliest dotcom poster boys, building category leaders in online job search (naukri.com), online real estate search (99acres.com) and online matrimony (jeevansathi.com). His forte in discovering consumer Internet businesses early on and growing them successfully has led him to invest in multiple start-ups.

Investments Made: 9, including Zomato, Policybazaar, Meritnation while investments in Studyplaces, Floost and 99Labels have been written off

Investment Window: NA

Focussed Sector(s): Consumer Internet


Sunil Kalra

A leather apparel manufacturer and exporter till 2002, Kalra turned angel investor and has been investing independently in start-ups ever since. Today, he is one of the most prolific angel investors in India.

Investments Made: Around 50, including Instamojo, LetsVenture, Team Indus and Crayon Data

Investment Window: $10k–250k

Focussed Sector(s): Sector agnostic



Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Founder of mobile Internet company One97 Communications and its consumer brand, Paytm, Sharma has been on a roll ever since he announced raising $575 million from world’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba. A regular mentor to start-ups, Sharma is quick in making decisions backed with reasoning.

Investments Made: Around 15, including Sourceeasy, tushky.com, Milaap Social Ventures and Dexetra

Investment Window: $100k–$1 million

Focussed Sector(s): Sector agnostic


Pranay Gupta

Gupta is a young investor and mentor to innovation and technology-based start-ups. Having spent more than six years at CIIE, IIM-Ahmedabad and co-founding 91springboard (one of India’s top co-working spaces for start-ups and incubator), Gupta comes handy to start-ups in different aspects, right from planning to fund raising.

Investments Made: Around 14, including Rolocule Games, Biosense, Hashcube and Innoz

Investment Window: Up to $100k

Focussed Sector(s): Sector agnostic


Samir Sood

A hardcore techie, Sood was in leadership roles at Google, Cisco and Microsoft before turning towards angel investment.

Investments Made: Around 15, including Little Eye Labs, Airwoot, Tushky.com and SKS Micro Finance

Investment Window: $25k–100k

Focussed Sector(s): Consumer Internet, mobile, enterprise software and social media platforms

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