Angel investor or angel (also known as a business angel or informal investor or angel funder) is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. A small but increasing number of angel investors organize themselves into angel groups or angel networks to share research and pool their investment capital, as well as to provide advice to their portfolio companies. Angel investors are often retired entrepreneurs or executives, who may be interested in angel investing for reasons that go beyond pure monetary return. These include wanting to keep abreast of current developments in a particular business arena, mentoring another generation of entrepreneurs, and making use of their experience and networks on a less than full-time basis. Thus, in addition to funds, angel investors can often provide valuable management advice and important contacts.
We have tried to compile a list of some major Angel Investors from India:
- Indian Angel Network: Indian Angel Network is a network of Angel investors keen to invest in early stage businesses which have potential to create disproportionate value. The members of the Network are leaders in the Entrepreneurial Eco-System as they have had strong operational experience as CEOs or a background of creating new and successful ventures. They share a passion to create scale and value for startup ventures. Started in April 2006, the Indian Angel Network in addition to money, provides constant access to high quality mentoring, vast networks and inputs on strategy as well as execution. The Network members, because of their background are better able to assess the potential and risks at the early stage. This is the country’s oldest network of angel investors, which started in 2006. Last year, it signed 18 term sheets and completed 11 deals in a broad range of companies from food tech startup Mukunda to an online marketplace for co-operative and community-based producers GoCoop. It runs an incubator too, and ventured into Sri Lanka and the UK recently.Major Sectors of investment for them are agriculture, e-commerce, education, financial services, gaming, healthcare, hospitality, IT, lifestyle, manufacturing, socal impacts, etc.
- TIE SV: The success of early stage companies depends on capital and access to advice and networks such as what TiE Sponsors and Charter Members offer. TiE’s newest program, TiE Angels, was launched in July 2010. It is an angel investment group formed by Charter Members of TiE Silicon Valley. The mission of TiE Angels is to support top-tier emerging companies with early stage investment and support. There are about 100 investors that invest through TiE Angels and TiE Angels have already made investments in 24 companies including rapid risers like PubNub and CloudVolumes.
- Rakesh Mathur: Rakesh is a co-founder of Webaroo. He has been a founder of three technology start-up companies in the past 10 years and also an early stage investor in several other companies. He was a founder and CEO of Junglee, whose virtual database technology led to the creation of comparison shopping on the Internet. Junglee was acquired by Amazon.com in 1998. He founded Armedia, which was one of the first companies with chip designs for the video component of the DVD standard. Armedia was acquired by Broadcom in 1999. He also founded PurpleYogi, now Stratify which provides enterprise solutions to the management of unstructured data. Rakesh is a board member of Geodesic, a BSE listed company whose Mundu Instant Messenger is used by millions of people. He along with Ash Bhardwaj has funded companies like JustChalo Inc -the venture, which is in the process of creating a US-focused mobile payments app called Chalo, is co-founded by Kashyap Deorah and Rishi Deshpande.
- Anand Rajaraman: Anand Rajaraman is a Web and technology entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix. Rajaraman also co-founded former Junglee Corp. and played a significant role at Amazon.com in the late 1990s. Together with four other engineers, Rajaraman founded Junglee Corp. in 1996. Junglee Corp. pioneered Internet comparison shopping. Junglee Corp. was acquired by Amazon.com Inc. in August 1998 for 1.6 million shares of stock valued at $250 million. Rajaraman and his business partner, Venky Harinarayan, co-founded Cambrian Ventures, an early stage VC fund, in 2000. He went on to back several companies later acquired by Google. Cambrian has funded companies like Mobissimo, Aster Data Systems and TheFind.com
- Venky Harinarayan: Venky Harinarayan is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix. Harinarayan also co-founded Junglee Corp. and played a significant role at Amazon.com in the late 1990s. Harinarayan and his business partner, Anand Rajaraman, co-founded Cambrian Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund, in 2000. Cambrian went on to back several companies later acquired by Google. Cambrian funded companies like Mobissimo, Aster Data Systems and TheFind.com. Venky funded companies like Mobissimo, Aster Data Systemsand com. Harinarayan also helped create search advertising startup Efficient Frontier, and is a board member and founding investor.
- Ashish Gupta: Ashish Gupta is a co-founder of Helion and serves on several boards including Kirusa, Komli, MySmartPrice.com, Pubmatic and SMSGupshup. He has co-founded two successful companies – Tavant Technologies and Junglee (AMZN). He has also worked at Woodside Fund, Oracle Corporation and IBM research. Some of his past investments include Daksh (IBM), InfoEdge (NAUKRI), MakeMyTrip (MMYT), MuSigma, Odesk and Redbus (MIH)
- Ram Shriram: Kavitark Ram Shriramis a former board member of Google and one of the first investors in Google. He earlier served as an officer of com working for Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO. Shriram started Sherpalo, a venture capital firm that invests in promising new disruptive technologies, in January 2000. His current investments include Urban engines, open garden, yubico, paperless, 7, pinkberry, zenpayroll, inkling, inmobi, etc.
- Vishal Gondal:Vishal Gondal is an Indian entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the founder and CEO of GOQii (pronounced Go-Key), and previously founded the game development and publishing company Indiagames, which he sold to DisneyUTV Digital, The Walt Disney Company India Pvt. Ltd. in 2011 for $100 million. He along with Ronnie Screwvala invested in MeraCareerGuide.com- The online career counselling platform for students is run by Delhi-based Catalog Educational Services Pvt Ltd..
- Stock Brokers:
- Ramdeo Agarwal: Raamdeo Agrawal, Director & Co-Founder of Motilal Oswal Financial Services is a veteran in the stock market and has seen many booms and busts. He has seen fortunes being made and lost. He provides valuable guidance on what equity investors should do in these times of uncertainty.
- Rakesh Jhunjhunwala: Rakesh Jhunjhunwalais an Indian Investor and Trader. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He manages his own portfolio as a partner in his asset management firm, Rare Enterprises. Jhunjhunwala has been described by Today magazine as the “pin-up boy of the current bull run” and by The Economic Times as “Pied Piper of Indian bourses”.
- Akash Bhanshali: Akash is the owner of Enam Securities Pvt Ltd. since 2003. He was previously associated with Unilever, Lodha and Co, etc. He has invested in many ventures including Zodiac Clothing. He has also inveted in many solar project from Visual Percept Solar Projects Pvt. through his company “Talma Chemical Industries Pvt. Ltd.”
- Business Houses:
- Shapoorj Pallonji Group: The Shapoorji Pallonji Group(SP Group) is a Mumbai based business conglomerate in India with interests in construction, real estate, textiles, engineering goods, home appliances, shipping, publications, power, and biotechnology. It was headed by Pallonji Mistry until 2012, when he announced his retirement and his son Shapoor Mistry took charge. The promoters of the group are also the largest individual shareholders in Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group. The company is known for building some of Mumbai’s landmarks around the Fort area, including the Hong Kong Bank, Grindlays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Reserve Bank of India building, Bombay Stock Exchange building and Taj Intercontinental. Shapoorji Pallonji group offers to invest Rs 20,000 crore in Hyderabad.
- Religare: ReligareEnterprises Limited (REL) is the holding company for one of India’s leading diversified financial services groups, headquartered in New Delhi, India. It offers an integrated suite of financial services through its underlying subsidiaries and operating entities, includes Loans to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)’s, Capital Markets, Wealth Management, Life and Health insurance and Asset Management. It has one million clients in India and more than 1700 offices across India. Religare also has offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Middle East and Sri Lanka. Religare Global Asset Management, part ofReligare Enterprises, is working on a plan to build a portfolio of socially relevant assets including hospitals, schools, retail malls and cinema halls that can be listed under a Real Estate Investment Trust.
- Benett Coleman: BCCL is India’s most diversified media company with power brands across publishing, television, internet, radio and outdoor domains.
The story of BCCL goes back to November 3, 1838, when the flagship publication – The Times of India – was published as a bi-weekly going by the name, The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. Since then, it has consistently moved up the growth curve by successfully entering new markets and launching new titles. The success of the organization has been guided by a simple thought – treating the newspaper not as a commodity or product but as a Brand, whose prime objective is to serve its readers and advertisers.
BCCL promotes a culture of constant learning, innovation and fun at work. Our Employee Value Proposition boasts of abundant career development opportunities; benefits like life, medical, accident insurance, scholarships for employees’ children, education assistance for employees; monetary as well as non-monetary reward and recognition; and employee engagement initiatives like Corporate Holiday Packages,Employee Clubs etc. A strong focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, led to setting up of the Times Foundation, which has single-mindedly worked towards adding value to the society through its services. It acts as a catalyst by leveraging its core competence as a part of an apex media organization to bring social change in sectors like education, health, poverty alleviation, public-private partnership, etc.