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An alumnus of Standford University and a BSc from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ranjan Anandan held a key role at McKinsey & Company in Chicago, after which he worked at Dell Inc as the Vice president.
Ranjan Anandan, the former Mananging Director and Vice President of Google India, currently working as Managing Director at Sequoia Capital is focusing on startup investments and mentoring. Under his leadership,Microsoft India had emerged as the top subsidiary among emerging markets, including China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, and India.
“There are two things that excite me more than anything else: the power of technology and the power of ambitious entrepreneurs, to solve for humanity’s big problems. Google has given me the opportunity to be at the centre of both of these. In this next phase of my life I want to focus full time on the latter — investing in promising early stage technology startups across India and Southeast Asia.” says Ranjan Anandan.
Companies He Invested:
His portfolio companies include Dunzo, Instamojo, WebEngage, SocialCops, Maya,InnovAccer, Rapido, Little Black Book Delhi (LBB), Unacademy, Zenatix, WebEngage, CroFarm, LetsVenture, Indifi Technologies, POPxo, Mypoolin, Mapmygenome, Leflair, myUpchar, SocialCops, Buttercups, Inclov, TravelKhana.Com, Appknox, Lucideus, InstaLively, Dataweave, Wishberry, AppVirality Inc Explara, Frrole, Avaz, Omnify Inc, Karza Technologies, STREAM.com, Smytten, HashLearn, Threadsol Pvt. Ltd. Software, IOK Labs Inc, Socialblood, Inc Aurality, The Little Black Book, Ciafo, Innov8 Coworking, Dazo, Freshtohome, Fulfil.IO Inc., Chaska, Monsoon CreditTech, EasyGov, Myshaadi.in, Smartcooky.
Key sector: Mobile, Internet and SaaS
He also serves as the Chairman of Internet & Mobile Association Of India,(IAMAI), and also is the President of TIE Delhi-NCR Chapter.
TiE Delhi – NCR looks forward for helping startups re imagine and rise at the India Internet Day on 7th August 2020.
Ranjan has also been one of the prominent investors with interest in several internet, mobile, and software startups like ZipGo, Lucideus, Omnify, Sheroes, and Unacademy.
Rajan has an in-depth understanding of the startup economy.He has mentored and invested in diverse sectors of the startup ecosystem. His prior associations include Microsoft India, Dell India, and McKinsey & Company, have empowered him with the required mix of business acumen and managing skills.
Advise By Funder To Founders
Startups need to re imagine and adapt, Anandan says. The pandemic has opened up opportunities for edtech, digital health, health and hygiene products and e-commerce operators.
In interview with Entrepreneur Asia-Pacific, Rajan Anandan,said while sectors such as international travel and hospitality will likely take a long time to recover, the pandemic has opened up opportunities for edtech, digital health, health and hygiene products and e-commerce operators, among other. He also talked about Sequoia’s Surge program which aims to help the next generation of companies build truly global businesses.
Most Recent Investment
Rajan Anandan made 65 investments. The latest investment is Seed Round – PlusPin Healthcare on Sep 16, 2019 . He invested ₹52.5M in PlusPin Healthcare
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