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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 $1.4tn. Sequoia Capital acquired Indian venture capital firm Westbridge Capital Partners in 2006, and later became the foundation for Sequoia Capital India. Sequoia Capital India focuses primarily in India and Southeast Asia. It has invested in many major tech companies in the region, including Indian edtech firm Byju’s, budget accommodation network OYO, and Indonesian ride-hailing unicorn Gojek. In 2019, it launched Surge, an accelerator program for early-stage startups in Southeast Asia and 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.

MIT Media Lab spin-off Graviky Labs turns air pollution into carbon-negative inks with diverse applications, from industrial printing to marker pens.

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.

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.

One of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms, Sequoia Capital, was established in 1972. Sequoia’s investment thesis leads them to invest primarily in early-stage companies, but they have also invested in Series F rounds and beyond. As a former venture capital firm, it has also made exits from major internet companies, such as Google, Apple, Nvidia, and GitHub. Sequoia Capital operates divisions in Israel, Hong Kong and Mainland China. It also acquired India-based VC Westbridge to form Sequoia Capital India.

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.

Michigan University graduate Ronald Wijaya has a bachelor’s and a master’s in Industrial Engineering. Upon graduation, Wijaya 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. Wijaya continues to work in Lemonilo, the health food company that was born from Konsula’s pivot, and is currently co-CEO of the company.

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.

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