Top 20 Indian Venture Capitalists in U.S.

A Master of Diversified Investment

During the Cornell University graduation ceremony in 2007, Rohit Gupta was a student who stood out from the rest—one with the mind of a pioneer. He earned his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has never since stopped climbing the rungs of the corporate world. He is now one of New York’s most skilled entrepreneurs and leaders.

Rohit began his voyage into the corporate world soon after his graduation as a Financial Analyst for ABN AMRO by advising corporates on risk management. For the next four years, he would work in Cross Asset Structuring for RBS Global Banking & Markets. Using his innate creativity and the experience he garnered over the years as a financial expert, Rohit ventured forth into the world of investments by becoming the Director at High Line Venture Partners. Soon after which, he co-founded Flavour—a restaurant discovery app— and then moved on to be the Director of Product for Tasting Table, a digital brand for food and drink enthusiasts.

Currently, Rohit is a Partner at Sterling.VC investing in sports, media, Esports, and real estate technologies. He’s also the founder of Bollyshake— an entertainment platform aimed at an Indian demographic to showcase user-generated dancing videos. His latest ventures have been in Esports as he believes they offer a unique opportunity to grow and unite the gaming community both on a local and global stage. This led Sterling.VC to purchase the New York Excelsior (NYXL)—a professional Esports team based in New York. Rohit has gone on to co-find Andbox, the parent company of NYXL and other Esports franchises.

Over the years, Rohit has proven time and again that he’s a visionary who brings about great changes in the financial world. Having picked up excellent management, business strategy, and investment skills over his decade long career, it’s safe to say that he has far more aces up his sleeve.

When it comes to choosing a partner in a venture capital firm, it is crucial to find someone with a go-to-market design and technical insight. With a degree in MBA from Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree from IIT, Delhi- Apoorva Pandhi is the ideal partner to run Foundation Capital. Pandhi began his career around a decade back to focus on enterprise and consumer investments for Lightspeed Venture Partners. Pandhi has a cauldron full of operating experience across product development, P&L management, and go-to-market. In the year 2013, Pandhi co-founded Funnl Labs to develop a machine intelligence platform that focuses on aggregating and personalizing communications across email, social media, and messaging. The company went on to win the Wharton Innovation Award and Snider Seed Award. Before Foundation Capital, Pandhi held the designation of Vice President at Enterprise Sales at Quid-a growth stage NLP and AI-powered SaaS powered. The company soon turned into a multimillion-dollar business as Pandhi played a pivotal role in establishing a new business vertical. Over the years, Pandhi has shared business space with several CXOs and GMs belonging to Fortune 500 companies and helped them tackle business hurdles whole working on design cases to address those needs. As a partner of Foundation Capital, Pandhi aspires to focus on enterprise IT, DevOps, cloud-based services, and machine intelligence.

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