Canaan Partners, India
March 2006 - May 2012
Alok leads the India operations for Canaan Partners. Our offices are located at Gurgaon.
Canaan Partners is an early stage venture investor. The firm catalyzes the development of innovative technology and healthcare companies to build next-generation market leaders. Founded in 1987, Canaan Partners has $2.4 billion capital under management and has invested in 232 companies, completed 60 mergers and acquisitions, and brought over 50 companies public. Canaan invests in Internet and consumer technology, communications, semiconductor and energy, enterprise software and services, biotechnology, and medtech. Canaan was an early investor in DoubleClick (DCLK), CommerceOne (CMRC), Copper Mountain Networks (CMTN), Immunicon (IMMC), ONI Systems (ONIS), Dexcom (DXCM) and Combinatorx (CRXX), along with dozens of other market-leading companies. Canaan has offices in Menlo Park, California; Rowayton, Connecticut; and Herzliya Pituach, Israel. For more information visit: www.canaan.com.
Baring Private Equity Partners, India
September 2005 - March 2006
Alok led the technology, telecom, BPO and related investments at Barings.
Baring Private Equity Partners India (BPEP India) is one of the reputed & successful private equity players today in the country. Actively engaged in investments in India since 1998 we differentiate ourselves from other investment groups by taking a long-term perspective and an active part in the development of each of our portfolio companies. We have prior experience in management of equity and equity linked instruments in developing and emerging markets across the globe. Our team consists of professionals accomplished in establishing and growing businesses. Pioneers in the country, we were the first fund to do a management buy-out of a listed company in Asia and the first Indian VC to invest in the BPO sector. Our assets under management in the country are in excess of $ 400 million with yet to be allocated capital of $ 175 million. See http://www.bpepindia.com for more details.
Indian Angel Network
January 2005 - May 2012
Indian Angel Network (formerly, Band of Angels) is a group of Angel investors interested in investing in early stage businesses, which have a potential to create disproportionate value. The members of the band have prior entrepreneurial and/or strong operational experience that they wish to bring to early stage businesses. They share a passion to enable more early stage businesses to create scale and value.
Band of Angels believes that early stage businesses require more than just money to succeed. They require close mentoring and inputs on strategy as well as execution. Band of Angels aims to provide such guidance and mentoring to investee companies.
Band of Angels is open to investing in diverse range of businesses including IT products and services, Retail, Specialized BPO, Healthcare, Media and entertainment, etc. The focus will be on seed stage investments, typically in the Rs. 25 lacs to Rs. 2 crore range.
Co-founder and Vice Chairman
JobsAhead (now Monster India)
June 1999 - February 2005
Cofounded JobsAhead, the leading erecruitment business in India. It has been acquired by Monster.com, the global leader in online recruitment, in May 2004. As part of my direct responsibility and span, I managed cross-functional teams of up to 100 professionals across 6 locations, including Sales, Large account sales, Product Development, Distribution alliances, Technology and Content.
Overall ownership of business results was shared between my partner and me. I also led our new business initiatives.
Aricent (Hughes Software Systems)
January 1996 - May 1999
Led teams in creating SIP based voice telephony product, H.323 line of VoIP products, satellite communication sub-systems for customers such as ICO, ASC and Thuraya, protocol standards for GEO satellite communication systems for submission to ETSI. Key architect for R&D project on Mobile ATM for NEC. This project was an attempt to apply the key mobility concepts from GSM technologies to the ATM world, in order to offer benefits like mobility, seamless handovers, etc. Certified Internal Auditor for ISO 9000 quality standard.