While Venture Capital investments* have been steadily falling from the peak registered in Aug-2015, investments by Angel Networks and Super Angels have continued to tick up driven by increasing activity of new entrants like former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai & former Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata. (Even the minor slowdown in the last couple of months by the professional angels, has been compensated for by new angel investors – typically working professionals and Entrepreneur CEOs making their first 1-3 investments – stepping up their activity.)
(*Institutional Investments of <$20 M in Early & Growth Stage Companies)
Venture Intelligence dug into its angel investments database to study activity across the last 24 months (across 300+ deals) to identify the list of most active investors. Mohandas Pai – who invests both directly as well as via Aarin Capital, his shared Family Office with the Manipal Group’s Ranjan Pai – topped the list with as many as 31 investments - overtaking India’s oldest angel network – Indian Angel Network – which reported 30 investments in India-based companies during the period. Google India head Rajan Anandan (27 deals); Shaadi.com founder Anupam Mittal (22); Ratan Tata and Mumbai Angels (20 each) completed the top 6.
Seasoned entrepreneurs and executives who have stepped back from active management roles – including Ratan Tata, Mohandas Pai, the Infosys Co-founders like Nandan Nilekani and Kris Gopalakrishnan and recently exited Internet entrepreneurs like Phanindra Sama (redBus) and Raghunandan G (TaxiforSure) – are stepping up. Entrepreneurs who are actively managing their companies – Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal of Snapdeal, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal of Flipkart and Zishaan Hayath of Toppr – have slowed down from the frenetic pace they set in early 2015.
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Among the most active investors, Internet industry veterans like Rajan Anandan and Anupam Mittal have chosen to focus on sectors they know best: Internet & Mobile, while the senior industry leaders like Ratan Tata and Mohandas Pai have invested across sectors including Education, Healthcare and Media.
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