Who we are

We do one thing — seed stage investing.We love to help build from ground zero and get our hands dirty. As a team we have invested and advised over 30 companies across India, Israel and the Valley.

We partner with tenacious entrepreneurs who make products and services for enterprises and consumers.

We have offices in Bangalore and Chennai.

How We Invest

We take risks on disruptive ideas being built by visionary entrypreneurs.

We look for three things :

Founders

Product

Vision

When we are evaluating a partnership, we spend significant time getting to know the Founders and experiencing the product which often speaks more than an investment memo. We have seen that users catch on to products that are a perfect blend of smart people + disruptive tech + art.

What We Offer

We make long-term commitments to our partner i.e. founders. We are reliable and transparent and focus on creating relationships built on trust.

We have learnt from our entrepreneurs that the most difficult part of building ground-up is the lonely experience of doing everything first – so we have built a knowledge sharing support layer to help our entrepreneurs across product management, digital marketing, sales and finance & admin support.

We love technology and we are early adopters. We are often our companies’ most active, vocal users.

Team

Vishesh Rajaram

(Managing Partner)

Vishesh has over 10 years of investing experience across enterprise technologies and consumer services. He has been actively involved across the life-cycle of venture capital investing from deal sourcing, building networks, investing, monitoring and creating value and exit engineering.

Arjun Rao

( Partner)

Arjun has more than 15 years of experience in the technology and Internet start-up ecosystem in India. As an entrepreneur for 8+ years he has led tech and product teams, strategy and fund raising at all phases of a start-up lifecycle. Arjun has worked in product development, product management, digital marketing at growth stage companies

FAQS

  • When do I approach you?
  • In most of our previous investments, start-ups have come to us when they are 2-3 people and an idea. We are typically the first investor for these start-ups. So, even if you don’t think you’re ready, we’d still like to get to know you. Maybe we can even help in the meantime.

  • What if I have already raised monies?
  • We are usually the first investor in the start-up but have also worked with companies that have raised small rounds (<$200K) from accelerators and friends and families. However, if you have already raised in millions, then we are unlikely to be a fit.

  • Raising my Series A, should I approach you?
  • We do one thing – seed stage.

  • Do you invest in select verticals?
  • While our investments historically tend to cluster around enterprise, consumer, hardware, fintech and digital-health that’s not where our appetite ends. If you’re building something new, we still want to hear from you.

  • What is your investment process?
  • As a venture capital firm there are some basic process that we go thru. Initial review: We study material shared by founders to determine fit with our investment criteria Initial meeting: Your first meeting will always be with a partner. We take this opportunity to hear the founder out. Follow-up: Majority of our passes happen after the initial meeting. This is when we do a deep dive into the business and also throw perspective on how we work with our start-ups. Partner meeting: We make decisions as a team and all partners have to meet the Founders. If our discussions go well, we invite you to our partners meet for you to present the idea to the entire team with a goal to give you an answer within a day from our meeting.

  • How much do you usually invest?
  • Our initial investment in a start-up ranges from $50K to $250K, but we’ve gone higher and lower in some cases. We are serious about supporting our companies with follow-on investing and reserve 60% of our corpus for follow-on investments.

  • What’s the average round sizes you participate?
  • Rounds we were part of range from $100K to $1M which should last the start-up upto 24 months.

  • Will you sign an NDA?
  • Why Most VC’s Don’t Sign NDAs.
    (Courtesy: Brad Fled)

PortFolio

Special Invest Fund I

iauro Systems Private Ltd.

We beleive in innovation and continuous improvement. We keep on tweaking technological solutions to solve real-life problems.

Scapic

Scapic is a simple content tool for creating and exploring Virtual reality & Augmented reality experiences

totalcloud

Visual & Interactive Cloud Management Platform. Next-Gen Interface to your Cloud

Sample companies invested in or advised in the partner's personal capacities

Ultraviolette Automotive

We at ultraviolette beleive in a future with clean energy and sustainable transportation.

Vogo Rentals

We are extremely focused on execution & have varied experience handling scale across Business, Opsc, Finance and Technology.

Care Circle

A private & secured platform for Doctor's to connect and engage with Patients for better care.

CheckGaadi

We are committed to bring much needed transparency into the used vehicle transactions through our vehicle inspection services.

Kooki

Our Vision is to connect all your devices which will interact among and make your work easier. It's all about you,your mobile and our smart devices.

Gen Y Labs Pvt Ltd.

We are geeks. We love to solve problems which haven't been solved yet. Through our experiences in marketing especially in digital.

Where We Are

Bengaluru

Transit, 3rd Floor, Sobha Pearl 1, Commissariat Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru 560025

Chennai

The Grid, 8/15, Central Avenue, Keshavaperumalpuram, RA Puram, Chennai 600018