Taking an early leap to entrepreneurship I started a floral seed import business with the opening up of the Indian economy in the early 90s. Then, in the late 90s to early 00s, for around 5 years, I ran a highly profitable enterprise telecom service leveraging the arbitrage between inbound/outbound call rates from India. Following the telecom business I started Flora2000.com in 2004, a service for sending flowers and gifts internationally from the US. In 2008, I came full circle as an entrepreneur and started investing in early stage companies in India.
Flora2000 is rare venture to come out of India as it serves consumers in the US; offering them floral gifting with high standards of design, quality and service. With 3000 products and services to over 180 countries, Flora2000 is a leader in international floral gift delivery.
Starting with Druva in 2008, I have led over 17 startup investments in India. Building a quantitative culture, a strong team, innovative strategy and a strong focus on quality are the key values I have tried to add to my investments. Many of these have gone on to receive further capital from Venture Capital firms.
With a vision to foster the innovation ecosystem in India, I helped found the Mumbai chapter of Indian Angel Network (IAN); and am active member of IAN's board. IAN compromises of over 200 of India's leading business leaders and we actively invest in startups, with 2012's investments at over $12M.
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