Angel Investments

95% of investors add zero value. I would bet that 70-80% add negative value to a startup in their advising.

Vinod Khosla (source)

Vinod is right, at least I know what kind of an investor I do not want to be.

I invest in areas where I have earned secrets, like SaaS and API companies in the US and Internet companies in India. I hear 15-25 pitches every month and invest in 1-2 promising startups with high conviction and commitment.

My value-add to these founders:

  • Product and GTM advice (unique insights and learnings from my journey at Segment + friends at Stripe, Twilio, Slack etc.)
  • Intros to high-quality customers/talent/VCs (via my first and second-degree network)
  • Endless insights about the market and competition from my vantage point as an operator
  • Least, Iā€™m available 24/7/365 as a friend to the founders šŸ˜Š

Below is a list of my angel investments:

CalixaSan Francisco Customer Infrastructure Platform Kleiner Perkins
CascadeSan FranciscoCollaborative, code-free analysis toolkitFirst Round Capital, Redpoint Ventures
QuolumDublin, CAEnterprise SaaS Management PlatformSequoia Capital India, Nexus VP
RocketlaneChennaiCollaboration software for Professional Services teamsMatrix Partners, Nexus VP
ZipperSan FranciscoProduct <> GTM collaboration softwareLightspeed Venture Partners
StealthRemote, USHeadless eCommerce PlatformStealth
JodoBangaloreFinancial products for middle-income households in IndiaSAIF Partners, Matrix Partners (India)
PlumBangaloreModern employee health insurance and benefits platformSequoia Capital India
StealthBangaloreFood Robotics, launching early 2021Stealth