Reliance Venture Asset Management Ltd is the corporate venture capital arm of the Reliance ADA Group. Since its inception in early 2006, the company has advised and / or invested in deals to the tune of over $4 billion. Stage, geographic and sector agnostic in its investment philosophy, Reliance Venture Asset Management has a global portfolio to its credit and has invested in promising companies such as India's largest online travel portal, Yatra.com, Suvidhaa Infoserve, Stoke Inc, Pelago Inc, Sequans Communications, E-Band Communications, Seedfund and two MIT-startups, Dhama Innovations and Scalable Display Technologies.
Some of the transactions they had advised the Reliance ADA Group on include the $300 million all-cash acquisition of San Francisco-based, Yipes Inc. by Reliance Communications, $82 million acquisition of UK-based, Vanco plc, and eWaveWorld, a $500 million initiative to bring 3G and 4G to 50 countries around the world by 2012. Headed by Mr. Harshal J. Shah, an MBA alumnus of Wharton School of Business, a Truman Gray Scholar with dual degrees from MIT, and an Andover Scholar from Phillips Academy in Andover, USA, the company comprises of professionals who bring over 50 years of cumulative experience and a solid academic base (MBAs - Ivy League, Technologists from premier Indian & International Universities & Chartered Accountants). The company was recently ranked 30th in the Red Herring Top 100 Global Venture Capital Firms in 2009 and was the only India based corporate VC company to feature in the ranking. For more information on the company, kindly log on to - www.relianceventure.com/
Television Eighteen (TV18) is India's premier business and consumer news broadcaster (CNBC TV18, CNN-IBN and Awaaz) and a leading media content provider and Internet player (running moneycontrol.com, commoditiescontrol.com and ibnlive.com). Besides that, it has, over the last decade, provided prime time television content to almost all leading satellite channels in India including BBC, Star Plus, Sony Entertainment Television, Zee, MTV and Discovery. It is among the fastest growing media companies in India with a CAGR of almost 100% since its inception in 1993.
It is the first English channel dedicated to South Asian viewers across the world. TV18 also owns and operates largest financial news and information portal - www.moneycontrol.comAmong TV18's promoters are Raghav Bahl, one of India's foremost television journalists and a brand in his own right, and Sanjay Ray Chaudhury - television's creative phenomenon and creator of The India Show (more popularly known as The Amul India Show). CNBC TV18 is India's leading business news channel. The channel is a joint venture between CNBC Asia-Pacific and Television Eighteen India Ltd. TV18 owns studios in New Delhi and Mumbai and has a news gathering network of over 200 journalists across the country. Turner International (Turner) and Global Broadcast News (GBN), a TV18 Group Company, also recently announced a partnership to launch a co-branded, 24-hour, English-language general news channel/service in India called CNN-IBN. TV18 has also launched India's first consumer channel, Awaaz, which is growing at a rapid pace and reaches out to India's huge consuming class. South Asia World is TV18's international channel.
Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) is a global venture and growth equity investment firm that manages more than $3.7 billion in capital. It has offices in Palo Alto, California, Mumbai and Bangalore, India and Herzelia, Israel. NVP makes early to late stage venture and growth equity investments in U.S. and global companies across a wide range of sectors including: information technology, business services, financial services, infrastructure, technology enabled services and consumer. NVP has actively partnered with entrepreneurs to build great businesses for more than 48 years and has funded over 450 companies since inception.
Notable investments include Actel Corporation, Airespace (acquired by Cisco Systems), Cerent (acquired by Cisco Systems), Corio (acquired by IBM), Cray Research, Documentum, Extreme Networks , Forte Software (acquired by Sun Microsystems), LifeSize Communications (acquired by Logitech), National Stock Exchange of India (NSE), Open-Silicon (acquired by Unicorn Investment Bank), PeopleSoft, Qumranet (acquired by Red Hat), Rackspace (NYSE:RAX), Siara Systems (acquired by Redback Networks), SideStep (acquired by Kayak), Spinnaker Networks (acquired by Network Appliance), Tivoli Systems (acquired by IBM), Transaction Systems Architects (Nasdaq: ACIW), Verio (acquired by NTT), Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola) and Yipes (acquired by Reliance/Flag Telecom). For more information, please visit www.nvp.com
Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet, semiconductor manufacturing and cleantech. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$7.5 billion in approximately 1,000 companies in 45 countries. In that timeframe, 168 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 212 were acquired or participated in a merger.
Notable exits in India include Rediff, NIIT, Sasken Technlogies, Indiainfoline, Sharekhan and Nipuna. In 2007 Intel Capital invested about US$639 million in 166 deals with approximately 37 percent of funds invested outside the United States. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com.
IDG Ventures India is a leading technology venture capital fund in India. The fund is part of IDG Ventures, a global network of technology venture funds with over $5.5 billion under management with over 220 investee companies and 10 offices across Asia and North America. By combining the IDG platform — an unparalleled combination of global publishing, market research (IDC), and conferences and exhibition resources — with years of hands-on experience in early-stage company building, IDG Ventures India helps its investee companies understand their markets better and achieve leadership position ahead of competition.
IDG Ventures has been an early investor in digital consumer companies such as Ctrip, Netscape, Baidu, Tencent, BabyCenter, Sohu, Vancl and VinaGame. In India, IDG Ventures has invested in leading digital consumer companies such as Myntra, Brainbees (FirstCry.com) Vserv Digital, Valyoo (Lenskart.com), Apalya Technologies, Sourcebits Technologies, Ozone Media and Actoserba (Zivame.com).For more information, please visit www.idgvcindia.com
Vertex Venture is the wholly-owned venture capital subsidiary of Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd. Vertex was established in 1988 and it is today the longest operating venture capital firm in Asia. We are headquartered in Singapore with more than 25 investment professionals spread across our offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Bangalore, Taipei, Silicon Valley and Singapore. Vertex focuses on investing in early stage, disruptive opportunities. In terms of sectors, we invest mainly in the Information Technology, Mobile and Healthcare sectors..
With our long history of venture investing experience and coupled with providing the right amount of financial and business support, Vertex has been successful in building and nurturing many young start-ups into leaders and champions in its industries. For example, we have been a key and early investor in Gemplus (now called Gemalto), Creative Technologies, Reebonz, Clearbridge Biomedics, 91Wireless, IGG, Meilele, GrabTaxi Holdings and Reverse Logistics Co.For more information, please visit www.vertexmgt.com