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The Smart Techie was renamed Siliconindia India Edition starting Feb 2012 to continue the nearly two decade track record of excellence of our US edition.

The Larger Question of EXIT

Rahul Khanna
Monday, October 1, 2012
Rahul Khanna
A venture firm that has just celebrated its 25th year, Canaan Partners is an early stage investment firm with $3.5 billion under management, investing in technology and healthcare companies. It has just raised its ninth fund of $600 million. Till date, Canaan has invested in over 250 companies with more than 135 successful exits. The investment capability of the firm ranges from $1million to $20 million. Rahul Khanna is the Managing Director of Canaan India and manages the firms investments in companies like Naaptol, Loyalty Rewardz and Equitas. He has over 15 years of investing and operating experience in ICT across India and U.S. Prior to joining Canaan India, Rahul was the founding director of Clearstone Venture Advisors where he was responsible for building the platform that would focus on early stage investments in India. He has an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Focus on Investment Portfolio

Our philosophy is to be an early and active investor and involve in building the business, and at the right time when the company is ready for exit then we step out of the company. For us our focus continues to be investment in $2-5 million range and hopefully continue to invest in those companies through multiple rounds to hold our ownership level.

About 2/3rd of our fund is targeted at technology or IT, 1/3 at healthcare. However in India, our focus is largely on technology. We may consider healthcare in two grounds, i.e., healthcare and IT or healthcare and financial services.

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