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Sunil K Goyal

Managing Director and Fund Manager

Sunil is one of the pioneers in the angel investing space in India and is recognised as a thought leaders in this space. He is a successful Angel Investor with global exits in his forays.

Sanjay Pande

Director and Fund Manager

Sanjay, co-founder of YourNest, is a People’s person who believes in helping individuals find, and achieve, their life’s purpose. He has been a behavioural trainer, coach, and counsellor to hundreds of people

Girish Shivani

Executive Director and Fund Manager

Girish, co-founder of YourNest, is a pro-active executive with strong experience of fund management and equity research. His robust process centricity, analytical and decision support systems expertise

Dr. Vivek Mansingh

General Partner

Vivek, a partner at YourNest has a proven track record of turning around, building & scaling organizations. Presently also Chairman of Axiscades, he is a global leader who has delivered unparalleled results.

Smart investors demonstrate capability to invest early in the right idea. They are not only supportive, collaborative and friendly but also back the venture and stay invested. This helps build successful, performance centric teams and creates powerful brands. Most importantly, they know when to exit.

The investment management team at YourNest comprises local managers with hands-on operational and investment experience – Sunil K Goyal, Sanjay Pande, Girish Shivani and the institutional nominee of SIDBI – Rajive Sood. The strengths of this Investment Committee are:

  • Knowledge and exposure to building businesses across sectors.
  • Experience in mentoring business plans and early stage ventures in India for over a decade.
  • Analysing and executing business plans.
  • Experience as Angel Investor individually and in groups.
  • Ability to guide through the life-cycle of an early stage business.
  • Extensive dependable professional network of relationships and connections.

Our Investment Managers

Sunil K Goyal

Managing Director and Fund Manager

Sunil is one of the pioneers in the angel investing space in India and is recognised as a thought leaders in this space. He is a successful Angel Investor with global exits in his forays.

Sanjay Pande

Director and Fund Manager

Sanjay, co-founder of YourNest, is a People’s person who believes in helping individuals find, and achieve, their life’s purpose. He has been a behavioural trainer, coach, and counsellor to hundreds of people

Girish Shivani

Executive Director and Fund Manager

Girish, co-founder of YourNest, is a pro-active executive with strong experience of fund management and equity research. His robust process centricity, analytical and decision support systems expertise

Dr. Vivek Mansingh

General Partner

Vivek, a partner at YourNest has a proven track record of turning around, building & scaling organizations. Presently also Chairman of Axiscades, he is a global leader who has delivered unparalleled results.

Ramesh G. Dharmaji

(SIDBI nominee)

Ramesh is currently the Chief General Manager of SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) New Delhi and the CEO of India SME Technology Services Ltd., which is an associate of SIDBI. His thorough knowledge of MSME sector helped him serve as the Director of the SIDBI MSME International Training Institute.

Alok Mittal

A prominent name in India’s investment sector, Alok Mittal’s extensive experience covers founding, backing and supporting initial-stage tech companies. He joined Canaan, India in 2006, leading the company’s investments in India.

Our Advisory Board

Alok Mittal

A prominent name in India’s investment sector, Alok Mittal’s extensive experience covers founding, backing and supporting initial-stage tech companies. He joined Canaan, India in 2006, leading the company’s investments in India.

Though Alok emphases on investments in mobile and digital media companies, he also supports trend-setters in managed software services and other IT businesses.

Alok has had a successful stint as a co-founder with JobsAhead.com, a leading web-based recruitment business, which was acquired by Monster.com, the global leader in online recruitment. He is a co-founder of Indian Angel Network, serves on the board of TiE, in Delhi and is an advisor to Adtech India.

Ashish Gupta

Ashish is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and mentor. A product of IIT Delhi, and MBA from Carnegie Mellon, he was with McKinsey & Co working with clients in India, the US, Europe and China. A serial entrepreneur, he founded ‘Ties to Family’, was a co-founder of ‘Evalueserve’ – an KPO and ITES major before co-founding Ashoka University with a keen desire to give back to society. He is a keen investor in the food, sports and fitness, and education sectors besides being a mentor to startups.

Ashish is a sought after speaker and is often quoted on TV and in print media as an ITES industry specialist. An in-depth knowledge of the ITES industry and various business sectors makes Ashish a frequent invitee at various national and international conferences and Embassy meetings.

Badri Agarwal

Badri is a senior corporate guru and holds a pivotal position as a management resource. He has more than three decades of expertise as a strategic leader. Badri’s competence and knowledge are a balanced mix of several roles– from strategic perspectives, business acumen and transformations of effective leadership and establishing startups. His in-depth understanding of financial markets, businesses, legal matters, government interactions and commercial issues make him invaluable.

Purvi Parkeria

Purvi is currently working as the Fund Manager for IIFL Seed Ventures Fund I, a private equity and multi-stage funding firm with assets over 100 million USD. Purvi has been working in the financial services industry for last 15 years. She has acquired sufficient expertise and knowledge in various fields of research, banking, insurance and investments.

Prof. M.M. Pant

Prof. M.M. Pant is a well-known name in the fields of Law and Information Technology. He has a keen interest in several genres of law, including Cyber Law, IPR and Patent and Trademark issues. He has been an active participant in various activities and conferences involving Law and IT. He founded the Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd. with an aim to accomplish his dream of creating novel business opportunities in the fields of learning facilitation and e-learning.

Ramesh G. Dharmaji (SIDBI nominee)

Ramesh is currently the Chief General Manager of SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) New Delhi and the CEO of India SME Technology Services Ltd., which is an associate of SIDBI. His thorough knowledge of MSME sector helped him serve as the Director of the SIDBI MSME International Training Institute.

A long experience of 33 years has helped Ramesh grasp and enhance the understanding of several sectors including Credit, Development Banking, profit centre operations, government and multilateral agencies’ networking and designing structural products especially suited for next-gen enterprises.

R. Satya Narayanan

Satya is a true pursuer of his dreams. He started a program called Career Launcher with help from his friends. Career Launcher started off as a Personality Development Program and soon became one of the largest service providers in the educational sector of India. He went on to make a mark in the mainstream educational sector by establishing a chain of K-12 schools and the Indus World Schools.

Being a certified Crestcom and NTL trainer, Satya has trained both corporate employees and thousands of students and teachers.

Prof. Rishikesh T. Krishnan

Prof. Krishnan is the Director of Indian Institute of Management Indore, and is also a Professor of Strategy.

Prof. Krishnan holds an M.Sc. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur; and an M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems (now Management Science & Engineering) from Stanford University. He obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he won the outstanding thesis proposal award instituted by the Industrial Finance Corporation of India.

Prof. Krishnan has served on a number of committees set up by the Government of India, Nasscom and CII related to innovation in India.

Professor Krishnan writes extensively. One of his important contributions has been the book “From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India” published in February 2010 which identified the challenges faced by India in enhancing industrial innovation and proposed an agenda to enhance innovation output. Another seminal contribution is “8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence” (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper Collins in March 2013), which outlines a systematic path for organisations to build innovation capabilities.

Sharad Sharma

Sharad is one of the most active technology angel investors in India with about two dozen investments. He is a passionate evangelist of the software product ecosystem in India. He is the co-founder and Governing Council member of iSPIRT. He was the Chair of NASSCOM Product Forum and a member of the Executive Council from 2009-13.

Sharad held a number of senior executive positions with leading technology companies. Most recently he was a SVP at Yahoo! and CEO of India R&D. Previously he turned around VERITAS operations in India. He also brought AT&T/Lucent R&D to India as an intrapreneur.

Sharad is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded Teltier, now part of Cisco, and is currently the CEO of BrandSigma Inc.

Our Panel of Mentors

Amrita Gangotra

A familiar name in India’s IT scene Amrita is presently heading the Enterprise Technology at Vodafone UK. She was earlier the Director of IT at Bharti Airtel Ltd. and a member of the Airtel management board. Her previous assignments have been CIO mobile services, Airtel; head of Airtel’s IT operations; governance across all lines of businesses and B2C application innovation groups. She was the Bharti nominee on the investment committee of the India Innovation fund, sponsored by Nasscom.

Anvita Varshney

Anvita brings rich international experience in technology and digital space, an active investor and passionate about start-up ecosystem. She serves on several boards and founded Dubai Angel Investors seeking to invest in early stage online startups. She was the COO for Naspers Group (leading growth stage investor and seventh largest internet company in world), Middle East and Africa managing the portfolio of 3 leading online companies (Dubizzle, OLX, Shedd) for 25 countries in the region along with strategic M&A.

Prior, she was the Regional Managing Director of the biggest e-commerce venture Lazada in South East Asia which got later acquired by Alibaba. She has worked with Google in London, has a background in R&D tech in India and Silicon Valley and pursued an MBA from INSEAD.

A.S. Oberoi

AS Oberoi, a serial entrepreneur, is an international business creator and executive leader. In a career spanning just over 16 years, he has delivered millions of dollars in terms of market capitalization. He is a Global Telecom Executive, Green Technology Entrepreneur & Space Exploration Aficionado. A thoughtful, groundbreaking leader, he is capable of assessing intricate technologies, partnerships and emerging market opportunities, and convert these into volatile commercial growth as a persistent dealmaker.

Ashutosh Pande

With more than 25 years of experience in wireless communication and electronics, Ashutosh is an inventor, manager and designer. He is the Founder – Director of Arogyamhealth Private Limited, a company into preventive health care. Known in the industry circles as a tactical thinker, Ashutosh is active with several government as well as industry bodies.

Dinesh Goel

A second generation entrepreneur, Dinesh, has investments in textiles, new media, & technology, crowd sourcing, real estate and online education. Dinesh previously exited ventures in food & beverage and software technology areas, successfully. Dinesh intends to shape a portfolio of self-sustaining companies which have a global outreach, which creates value for our customers, partners, vendors and the society at large.

Dr. Rajesh Sanghi

Rajesh has more than 35 years of involvement in the IT and Telecommunication industry. Having worked in numerous sectors like defence, MNCs, ISVs, telecom solutions, and systems integrators, he has a varied experience. With 20 years of service in the IAF (Indian Air Force) behind him, he has worked with leading IT and telecom companies like IBM and Usha Come in different leadership roles.

Ranjeet Shetye

With over 18 years of experience in leadership roles Ranjeet has been with companies like Airespace, PicoMobile, and Internet Devices. Currently the Managing Director of Resilinc’s India office, he is an investor in Resilinc US – a Bay-area startup that provides the leading cloud-based Supply Chain analytics and resiliency solution.

Apart from his robust cross-disciplinary involvements and business exposure, Ranjeet holds a few patents in secure and efficient mobile computing.

Sanjay Jain

In a career of well over 2 decades, Sanjay worked with top organisations like the Coca-Cola Company, Ogilvy, Allianz Group, Bajaj Allianz, the Times of India Group and Reliance Capital. His experience spans the sectors of FMCG, Retail Finance, Media, Investments, Insurance, and Home & Commercial Lending. Presently the President and CMO at Reliance Capital, he is responsible for building long-term customer value and trust, across 5 different mass retail financial institutions

Dr. Shalini Lal

Shalini’s experience of over 20 years in Organizational Development and Human Resources, spans varied industries. The founder of Infinity Organization Development, a boutique OD consulting firm that specializes in building organisations and leaders, she now jointly works with YourNest. Shalini has studied the early entrepreneurial journeys of many of today’s startups and is an asset in her capacity as a mentor.

Prior to being the global head of Talent and Development for Deutsche Bank’s near and offshore centres, Shalini was the CHRO of Escorts Agri-Machinery. She has the distinction of having presented papers at leading international and Indian management fora. Her publications include “In search of Change: planned and emergent” and “The Change Room”.

Subhrangshu Neogi

Integrated marketing and sales & business development roles have been Subhrangshu’s two decades of experience. During this period he has covered categories like FMCG, Retail, Media, Telecom, and Financial Services. Currently with Religare, he has served across India as well as key markets in Asia, associated with big brands like Dabur, Times of India and Reebok, etc.

Vijay Jumani

Vijay comes with a rich experience of over 17 years. His areas of involvement have been in the Analytics, Internet, Retail and eCommerce spheres. At present, he is the Cofounder and Director of Inventis Retail, which is a multi-channel Specialty Retail Company operating in the Baby & Kids’ space under the brand ‘appleofmyi’.

Our Team

Satish Mugulavalli (Director – Technology)

Satish is a technology entrepreneur and he was an active mentor for an IoT accelerator. He has personally done the due-diligence on over 300 startups and created multiple accelerator tracks.

He has built partner eco-system of silicon vendors, part suppliers, industrial designers, prototyping and high volume contract manufacturers to facilitate rapid prototyping and mass production. He has setup investor relationships to help VCs understand the IOT hardware space and make better investment decisions.

He has over 20 years of experience in architecting high performance systems in voice, video and data networking products, Internet platforms and services.

Satish is BE in Computer Science from Mysore University.

Vipul Arora (Senior Associate – Investment)

Vipul has more than 8 years of experience in Start-ups, Due Diligence, Financial Analysis, Equity Research, Valuation, Corporate Finance & Investment Banking. Currently serving as Senior Investment Associate at YourNest since 2012. He has previously worked in Aadhar Securities and Ernst & Young as Analyst.

Vipul holds an MBA in Finance & Investment Banking from Bharati Vidyapeeth University. Also he is a qualified CFA from ICFAI.

Rahul Gupta (Associate – Investor Relation & Fund Administration)

Rahul has more than 10 years of experience in Sales, Enhancement of Business Performance, Concept Selling and CRM, Client servicing, Investor Relations and Fund Administration. He is currently serving as Associate- Investor Relations & Fund Administration manager at YourNest since 2012. Prior to his current role at YourNest, he has worked with HDFC Securities Ltd and Indiabulls Securities Ltd as Senior Relationship Manager.

Rahul is currently pursuing Company Secretary from ICSI and holds MBA in Finance.

Sanjay Kumar Jha (Executive Secretary)

Sanjay has over 2 decades of experience in Designing, Publishing & IT. Currently working in YourNest as Executive Secretary since Dec’2011 where he takes care of IT, HR & Admin. Before joining YourNest, Sanjay has worked for HFCL Group, IGNOU, S.Chand, MBD & BPB Publications. He also has an entrepreneurial experience of 4-5 years.

Sanjay holds an MBA in International Business Management.

Kshitij Kuthiala (Research Analyst)

Kshitij works on preliminary analysis of deals, understanding business models and selection of investible start-ups. He also looks at Due Diligence, Appraisals & Feasibility Studies for Companies/ Entrepreneurs. He presents in-depth analysis of shortlisted start-ups with comments, observations and assessment on each aspect of evaluation parameters. He also researches on upcoming sectors that fall under YourNest’s Investment Criteria.

Kshitij is graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University with a distinction in B.A. Economics (H).