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Ratan Tata: An archangel of Indian VC

By NexChange
Venture Capital

This week Ratan Tata was listed by LiveMint as one of the “archangels of Indian e-commerce”, a title earned by his long list of investments in the space - but his investment activity goes far beyond that.

If you don’t know Ratan Tata, you know his surname.  The 77 year old is chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons - the holding company for Indian mega-conglomerate Tata Group - and one of the leading lights of India’s business community.  He is also a prolific and enthusiastic angel investor.

In short, Ratan loves India’s VC scene, and startups love to be associated with him, and his name. His  list of investments also shows he has a knack for picking winners:

Altaeros Energies - Wind energy
Snapdeal - E-commerce
Bluestone - E-commerce
Urban Ladder - E-commerce
Swasth India - Healthcare
CarDekho - E-commerce
Grameen Capital - Finance
Paytm - Fintech
Ola Cabs - Ride sharing
Ampere - Electric vehicles
Kaaryah - E-commerce
Infinite Analytics - Marketing analytics
Holachef - Food delivery
Xiaomi Mi - Electronics

He is also an advisor to three India-focused VC funds: Jungle Ventures, Kalaari Capital, and IDG Ventures India. He only joined IDG this month, and  now the fund is hoping to to use some of that Tata magic to help raise $200 million for its  next fund.

Photo: American Center Mumbai

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