Top 20 Indian Venture Capitalists in U.S.
Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures— a venture capital firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs in building impactful new energy and technology companies— dreamt of starting his own technology company right from the establishment of Intel. With the motive of owning a company, he continued his business ventures by co-founding various companies, such as Daisy Systems, the first significant computer-aided design system for electrical engineers and standards-based Sun Microsystems to build workstations for software developers. Khosla played a crucial role in taking on Intel’s monopoly by building and growing semiconductor company, Nexgen, which eventually was acquired by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). He also helped incubate the idea and business plan for Juniper Networks to take on Cisco System’s dominance of the router market and supported the formulation of Excite’s early advertising-based search strategy. Khosla also aided in transforming the moribund telecommunications business and its archaic SONET implementations with Cerent Corporation (acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 for $7.2 billion). With all these experiences and the desire to be more experimental, Khosla finally founded Khosla Ventures in 2004 that focuses on both for-profit and social impact investments. With a consistent goal of working and learning from fun and knowledgeable entrepreneurs, Khosla focuses on building impactful companies by leveraging innovation as well as spending time with partners. He is highly passionate about technologies, which have beneficial effects and economic impact on society. Khosla likes mentoring entrepreneurs in building technology-based businesses. He has the continuous urge to scaling new energy sources, achieving petroleum independence, and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment for a positive impact across the world. Khosla, a supporter of many microfinance organizations in India and Africa, has also been experimenting with innovations in education and global housing.
Holding a strong ninth position in The Midas List of Top Tech Investors 2019, Neeraj Agarwal, General Partner at Battery Ventures has a lot to his credit. Neeraj joined Battery Ventures in 2000 and since has been investing in founders building disruptive cloud-software as well as internet companies. BladeLogic, a company acquired by BMC had the fortune of having Neeraj as its founding investor. Additionally, he has invested in several other companies that were transitioned on to stage IPOs, some of them were Bazaarvoice, Guidewire Software, Coupa, Nutanix, Marketo, Omniture, Wayfair and RealPage. Some of Agarwal’s investments that led to M&A exits include APlaceForMom (acquired by Warbug Pincus), Brightree (acquired by ResMed), AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco), Consona (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), OpsGenie (acquired by Atlassian), Glassdoor (acquired by Recruit Holdings) and many more. One of the key roles played by Agarwal in multiple other Battery investments have given him the leverage to take on the company to the next level. His current involvement with BloomReach, Amplitude, Braze, BounceX, Cohesity, Catchpoint, Chef, Clubhouse, Dataiku, Kustomer, inVision, Pendo, LogRocket, Optimizely, Sprinklr, Workato and a bunch of others make him a busy man. The 46-year-old is the founder of the CloudNY conference for the past nine years. Agarwal sternly believes in three scenarios emerging in the near future: companies that assist businesses in developing their software, a whole new phase of marketing tech companies, and finally those companies that help others in moving to the cloud.
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