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Since its founding in 1972, American venture capital firm Sequoia Capital has partnered with the founders of companies that now have an aggregate, public market value of over US$1.4 trillion. Sequoia Capital acquired Indian venture capital firm Westbridge Capital Partners in 2006. It later became Sequoia Capital India.

Sista Srinivas studied Mathematics and Engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology in India. After obtaining a master’s in 2012, he became a market analyst for one year at Fractal Analytics in Mumbai, India, before joining Indonesia’s Lazada Group in November 2013. He left his job as a consultant for home appliances at Lazada in March 2015 to become a co-founder and director of operations at Fabelio.

Krishnan Menon graduated in 2011 with a master’s in Chemistry from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India. He obtained a master’s in Management from ESCP Europe in 2012 before working in sales, merchandising and operations at Rocket Internet GmBH, Lazada Southeast Asia, Zalora Singapore and AlphaBeta Labs India. Besides co-founding Fabelio in Indonesia, he has also joined Endeavor, a nonprofit global organization that aims to transform economies through entrepreneurship.

Vinod Kumar originally founded Samrat Wears clothing company in India in 1993 and went on to graduate in mechanical engineering in 1997 at BMS College of Engineering in India.In 2000, he completed a master’s in supply chain management, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Ohio University in the US. He started his career at Bell Labs as a product engineer. In 2000, he worked at telco Alcatel-Lucent that later became part of Nokia. In 2008, he held various senior roles and became senior director at tech company Juniper Networks in Silicon Valley. In 2013, he joined his wife Ezhil Subbian to set up String Bio in India. He became a full-time managing director of the company in 2015. In 2019, he became a fellow member at Unreasonable, an investment fund and organization for supporting innovative entrepreneurs to solve social and environmental issues worldwide.

The first in Asia and third in the world to create alternative protein from methane, offering a cost-effective, circular economy solution, producing high-protein animal feed.

Hailing from India, Sunil Rao left Google after six years in August 2014 to join an MBA program at NUS Business School. He also co-founded digital recruitment platform Astronaut Technologies in Singapore in August 2015 but exited after seven months to work at Microsoft as a Global Program Manager for Business Operations.

Michigan University graduate Ronald Wijaya has a bachelor’s and a master’s in Industrial Engineering. Upon graduation, Ronald worked at Indonesian confectionery and beverage company PT. United Family Food, first as an Operations Manager and then as a Project Manager. He was also a volunteer on a missionary trip to Kolkata, India, to help underprivileged children and youths.

Ezhil Subbian studied industrial biotechnology at Anna University in India. She then went to the US to complete two PhDs in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology at the Oregon Health & Science University and from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick. She was a research assistant at both universities.While in the US, she was also a research scientist at Gevo Inc and at Vollum Institute. In 2008, she became a scientist and technical lead at pharma Codexis in California. In 2011, she worked at San Francisco-based Kumar Investments as an entrepreneur and biotech consultant.In 2012, she founded biotech startup String Inc while on a nine-month Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley. In June 2013, she and husband returned to India and formed a new company String Bio to continue working on the alternative protein powder project for animal feed production.

A Jack of many trades, Xue Shuai majored in investment at East China Normal University, and pursued postgraduate studies in Chinese painting. He dabbled in selling wine and tourism, before joining Huawei as a project manager in 2001 (the year China entered the WTO), traveling across China and overseas (India, Thailand, Nepal, etc.) for work. Xue quit Huawei in 2008, spent a “gap year” mountaineering, before founding Yunjiazheng.

The venture capital arm of semiconductor and telecom equipment giant Qualcomm is a San-Diego investor focusing on VR, robotics, IoT, cloud and digital health companies in the US, Europe, Israel, China, Korea and India.

Backed by Temasek Holdings and United Overseas Bank, InnoVen Capital has offices in Mumbai, Singapore and China. InnoVen Capital is the largest provider of venture debt to venture capital firms in India. The firm’s China office was established in April 2017.

Innovative Sports Investment (ISIN) focuses on the eSports sector, backing startups that develop disruptive technologies for athletes and investors through seed investment rounds. Led by Javier Morales, Ander Iñarrairaegui and Javier Colás, the firm also has international offices in Japan, South Korea, India, the US and Argentina.

Former Rocket Internet man Liviu Nedef is a digital marketing veteran. Liviu attained an MBA in 2012 at the IE Business School of Madrid in Spain. He is now based in Singapore as the regional head of digital marketing for HOOQ, a video-on-demand service, in November 2016. HOOQ is a joint venture comprising Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers with offices in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and India. He had briefly joined Valuklik as co-founder and managing director, before moving to Ensogo as its regional Head of Marketing for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong until October 2016.

Serial entrepreneur Afrig Wasiso is the co-founder of the Inspira Group, a constellation of SMEs that he and his associates established from 2012. Wasiso started his entrepreneurial journey after graduating with an MBA from Osmania University, India. He started with Super Cover, a business that produced protective cover cloth for cars and motorcycles. As the business grew, Wasiso continued to establish other new SMEs in his native Yogyakarta, placing them under the umbrella of Inspira Group. Prior to establishing equity crowdfunding platform Santara, he founded photo printing service ID Photobook and continues to serve as its CEO.

Founded in 2011, Unitus Impact is a venture capital firm focusing on impact investments in Southeast Asia and India. With offices in Bangalore, Ho Chi Minh city and San Francisco, the VC will soon be renamed as Patamar Capital. It currently invests in scalable businesses that aim to improve the livelihoods of the poor in Asia.

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