What is an angel investor?
High-net-worth Angel investors are persons who invest in small businesses in exchange for stock. Angel investors, unlike venture capitalists, do not employ an investment fund; instead, they rely on their luck. Unlike venture capitalists, angel investors may be more patient with entrepreneurs and willing to spend smaller sums of money over a longer period of time. They do, however, want to see a plan in place that permits them to recover their earnings at a later date, usually via a public sale or purchase.
Here are some most famous Angel investors of India:
Kunal Shah is the creator of CRED and the former CEO of Freecharge. He was also a consultant for Sequoia Capital, AngelList, and the Times Group, among others, and a part-time partner at Y Combinator. Unacademy, TVF, Innov8, Shuttl, Razorpay, and other well-known startups are his investments. Kunal Shah had participated in 124 rounds and controled 118 portfolio companies with total investment of $1,381 million.
Kunal Bahl, Jasper’s co-founder and CEO, is enthusiastic about operations and keeping up with industry trends. He has made over 60 investments and has five exits so far. His notable investments include Ola, Bira 91, Snapdeal, UrbanClap, RazorPay, and Rapido. In 2021, his total investment is $275,000 in Wobb and $16.6 million in Geniebook.
Industry veteran Rajesh Sawhney is the creator of GSF Accelerator, a business accelerator program. Sawhney is a board member of IndiaMART and the CEO of ixigo, about to go public. Fintech business Paisagrowth, edtech startup NextWave, and a house building marketplace Kolo were his investments from the last year. Sawhney has been an active angel investor in Indian businesses for many years, having funded over 100 companies.
Shaadi.com, one of Anupam Mittal’s successful enterprises, is the founder and CEO of People Group. Among the more than 50 companies, he has backed Ola, Drivezym Kar Capital, HackerEarth and Truebill. He looks for scalability, long-term sustainability, and market potential. In 2021, he will spend $5.2 million on GoKwik, one of his significant investments.
Ratan Tata, the Chairman of Tata Industries and an industrial giant, has made over 47 investments, many of which he led. Consumer services, finance, mobility, and cleantech are his core sectors, and he’s had six exits to date from companies including Xiaomi, Urban Ladder, One97, and Ampere Vehicles. He also works as a mentor and counselor to numerous of these companies, and is widely considered as one of the financial industry’s most prominent personalities.
Vijay Shekar Sharma
Vijay Shekar Sharma, the founder and CEO of Paytm, has invested in over 37 startups and has four exits to date. His experience and resources have helped firms such as Unacademy, sourceeasy, InnerChef, The Ken, and Milaap, and he is regarded as a top-level counsellor and investor in the field.
Rohit Bansal is a co-founder of Snapdeal. He has been a shareholder in Titan Equity, a VCs firm created by IIT alumni, since 2011. Titan Capital prefers to be the “first investor” in a seed round brought on board by an entrepreneur. Titan Capital has invested in various companies, including Ola, Mamaearth, UrbanCompany, Razorpay, and others. Rohit Bansal has participated in 123 rounds and has 104 portfolio companies with total funding of $1,097 million.
Rajan Anandan is the Managing Director of Sequoia Capital. He formerly served as Microsoft India’s Managing Director and Vice President of Google India and Southeast Asia. Rajan Anandan has taken part in 112 rounds and owns 90 portfolio companies. He attended MIT and Stanford University, among other prestigious institutions.
Binny Bansal, the creator of Flipkart, India’s most valued company at $36 billion, has been an active angel investor in startups. Walmart bought Flipkart in May of 2018. Bansal left the company in November of the same year. He launched xto10x, a SaaS consulting business, with former eKart executives Saikiran Krishnamurthy and Neeraj Aggarwal in December 2018.
Last year, he made investments in more than 12 firms. His most recent investments include PlanetSpark, Skill-Lync, and Rupifi, an ed-tech company.
In 2021, Ramakant Sharma, the founder of the newly formed unicorn Livspace, was one of the most well-known angel investors. Sharma founded Zing Ecommerce, which operated VioletBag, an online site for all cosmetics wants, after departing as VP of tech at fashion eCommerce platform, Myntra, in 2012. Sharma went on to work as an operational partner with Singapore-based Jungle Ventures. He joined a venture capital firm in 2013, but resigned two years later.
CoinSwitch Kuber, a crypto trading platform that has subsequently become a unicorn, Fintech unicorn Slice, and virtual event management Airmeet, are among the firms in his portfolio. He has invested in over 50 companies thus far.
Jupiter, a neobanking firm, was founded by Jitendra Gupta. Gupta, who joined ICICI Bank as a regional sales manager in early 2004, saw the fintech potential that remained. Citrus Payment Solutions, which he created in 2010, was ultimately bought by global finance giant PayU for $130 million in 2016. Gupta founded Jupiter, his second business, after two years as the managing director of PayU. He’s been investing in companies for a few years and has already made investments in over 40. Jupiter has already received finance from Tiger Global, Sequoia, and Matrix.
In his capacity, he invested in roughly 13 firms last year. Let’s Hash, a direct-to-consumer cigarette brand, Meddo Health, a health tech business, and Hypto, a tech infrastructure platform, were among his investments
Anand Chandrasekaran, who co-founded the now NASDAQ-listed Aeroprise in 2001, has held several roles in varieties of firms during his professional career. He joined General Catalyst as a partner just a few days ago. Chandrasekaran has worked with companies such as Facebook and Future Group.
In all, he’s been engaged in 130 deals, with 70% of them involving Indian businesspeople. His most recent investments in India include cloud management startup OpsLyft, retail aggregator SuperK, and B2B eCommerce platform, Venwiz.