I’ve been building, working with, and investing in startups for ~7 years across the US & Asia.
For the last 4 yrs, I’ve been a founder and CEO of a small valley-based startup studio where I’ve built and scaled multiple products. I grew the first product, a peer-to-peer services marketplace, to $100,000 ARR & the second one, an AI-powered personal chatbot platform that touched > a million users globally.
I also led ~20 people team at one point and raised funding from prominent investors like 500Startups, Rajan Anandan (Google Asia MD and now Sequoia partner), Purvi capital among others.
Before starting up, I used to be an operator VC in India’s largest early-stage startup accelerator (TLabs) where I sourced and evaluated 1000+ deals and managed portfolio investments. I ran the mentorship program and worked with >40 startups and 150+ founders across product, design, growth, BD, fundraising, and strategy. Some of them raised tens of millions in funding and have millions of users as of today.
I also set up TLabs Bangalore office from scratch — from startups to mentors to industry partners to hiring, I led everything and managed 6+ team members, 30+ founders and 50+ mentors. I also organized one of India’s largest multi-city hackathons called StartupDash with >500 participants.
I’m also a recognized voice in startup and latest tech space; a guest contributor in many leading publications such as VentureBeat, StartupGrind, Sitepoint, Hackernoon, and more.
Before my startup adventures, I worked in London for 5+ years as a management consultant in top-tier firms leading numerous blue-chip clients’ strategy and operations projects and board meetings. I moved through the ranks quickly and got promoted to senior consultant just after 2.5 years in the role! I also did a brief stint as an investment banker.
In terms of education, I did my master’s from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s in engineering from IIT – India’s ivy-league. Interned in a top research organization in Europe during my college days and also, published tens of articles and papers in leading conferences and journals which got me awarded as a junior foreign researcher in Japan’s World Conference on Social Simulation.
Currently, I am the founder and CEO of an AI-powered writing tool- Rytr that helps writers generate high-quality content, in just a few seconds, at a fraction of the cost! Writers never have to face writer’s block again — from emails & blogs to ad copies & bios, auto-generate catchy and creative text for everyone’s needs in just a few seconds. Rytr combines state-of-the-art AI with industry best practices and templates to write high-quality content that is guaranteed to perform.