TEAM

  • Ashish Padiyar
    Ashish Padiyar

    Founding Partner

  • Brijesh Damodaran Nair
    Brijesh Damodaran Nair

    Founding Partner

  • Arun Seth
    Arun Seth

    Chief Mentor

  • Dr. Archit Shah
    Dr. Archit Shah

    Investment Analyst

  • Karan Gupta
    Karan Gupta

    Investment Associate

  • Rakesh Rana
    Rakesh Rana

    Finance & Regulatory

Ashish Padiyar

Founding Partner

Ashish started on his entrepreneurial journey at a very young age in 2009, and as a natural extension and shared passion for belief in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, he is a part of the leadership team at Auxano. An experienced MBA, he believes in strategising to combat challenges while scaling up businesses. With an industry experience spanned over little less than 2 decades, Ashish believes in driving results and partnerships.

Brijesh Damodaran Nair

Founding Partner

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Brijesh started his entrepreneurial journey in late 2009 and is a strong proponent of the entrepreneurial way of doing and discovering. Having post qualification work experience of over two decades spanned across industries with leading companies in India, and looking at the growing ecosystem ventured into the space of venture capital. He looks for a narrative supported by numbers. Data talks. Food ~ long as it idlis and dosas, you’ve got him. An avid reader who also loves his Cricket.

Arun Seth

Chief Mentor

A distinguished alumnus of IIT Kanpur and graduate of IIM Calcutta – he has worked in senior commercial positions in BT, HCL, Usha Martin and the UB Group, in the last 40+ years. Very focused on fostering entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem and he has incubated cos like InMobi (India’s first unicorn) followed by Glance another unicorn.
With his diverse experience and industry wide knowledge expertise he will be actively involved with us to review investment opportunities, build partnerships & synergies within the ecosystem and enable strong investor connects in Auxano’s journey.
He is an advisor to the Indian Angel Network and was a partner in Infinity Capital, which is India’s first angel fund (early investments include IndiaBulls and Avendus) that shaped the ecosystem in India

Dr. Archit Shah

Investment Analyst

Archit is a doctor turned management professional who has experience of working across verticals like Hospital, HealthTech & Professional networking marketplace. His exposure has been around product management. An avid chess player, Archit brings clinical acumen, eye for detail & curiosity driven approach.

Karan Gupta

Investment Associate

Having been an entrepreneur himself, he knows the joy and pain in this space. An MBA in Entrepreneurship and Business Management, Karan is passionate about driving entrepreneurs and businesses to greater heights. A keen observer with an eye for detail, he works with portfolio companies in making them more robust and actively scouts for new stars for Auxano Portfolio.

Rakesh Rana

Finance & Regulatory

Rakesh is a Chartered Accountant with close to a decades experience in the area of Finance & Accounts , operations across e-commerce and cargo aviation sector . A keen yoga practitioner, Rakesh brings his expertise of governance and eye for detail in Auxano

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Lloyd Mathias
    Lloyd Mathias

    Advisor

  • Anupam Kaul
    Anupam Kaul

    Advisor

  • Mayank Tayal
    Mayank Tayal

    Advisor

Lloyd Mathias

Advisor

Lloyd Mathias is an Angel Investor and a marketing and business strategist. He works with early stage companies that are eyeing disproportionate growth. Lloyd is one of India’s best known marketers having been responsible for building some of India’s biggest brands – Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Motorola, Tata Docomo and HP PC’s & Printers. Until June 2017 Lloyd was the marketing head of HP's Consumer PC business for the Asia Pacific region. In previous corporate roles he was President & CMO at Tata Docomo and Country Sales Director for Motorola in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Lloyd spent,12 years with PepsiCo, in sales, business and marketing roles. His last role was Executive VP and Category Director for PepsiCo’s beverages in India. Lloyd has been Chairman of MRUC the publishers of the Indian Readership Survey- the world’s largest reader survey; Co-Chairman of the Device Strategy Council of the Worldwide Mobility Development Group; and Asia Board Member of the CMO Council. Lloyd is a science graduate from Mumbai’s St. Xavier’s College; has an MBA from Bombay University and did a Senior Executive Program at the London Business School. He has been on Campaign India’s A list for over 8 years, featured among Asia best Marketers twice. In 2007 he named among the world’s top 15 marketers, by International list magazine – a list that celebrates those international marketers behind outstanding cross border campaigns.

Anupam Kaul

Advisor

Angel investor & technology enthusiast Tech experience across FMCG, Retail, Defense, FinTech, MedTech, Management Consulting & Enterprise Software Education and work across Germany, France, Netherlands & India Companies worked for previously – DRDO, Oracle, Egon Zehnder, adidas, HEINEKEN, Sivantos Worked in roles from Engineer, Architect, Project & Program Manager, leadership role for technology integration across M&A Current Role - CTO- FnO

Mayank Tayal

Advisor

IIT, INSEAD Entrepreneur, Investor, M&A Professional Chief Business Officer, FnO Active angel investor with 17+ companies in portfolio Multiple A&D transactions completed from origination to completion in north-west Europe (Deal Size: $10M - $1.2B) Restructured and operationally turned around multiple business units in south-east Asia, India and Middle-East

ASSOCIATES

  • CorpNinja
    CorpNinja

    Due Diligence

  • Sequitur
    Sequitur

    Legal Associate

  • Lexstart
    Lexstart

    Legal Associate

  • Burgeon Law
    Burgeon Law

    Legal Associate

  • Venture Garage
    Venture Garage

    Dealflow Associate

  • Radar Advisors
    Radar Advisors

    Dealflow Associate

  • Fedsec Group
    Fedsec Group

    Valuation Associate

  • Kaytes Business Consultants LLP
    Kaytes Business Consultants LLP

    Corporate Consultant

  • Arora Prem & Associates
    Arora Prem & Associates

    Chartered Accountant

  • GetVantage
    GetVantage

    Revenue- Based Financing Partner

CorpNinja

Due Diligence

http://www.corpninjaadvisors.com/

Sequitur

Legal Associate

https://www.sequitur.in/

Lexstart

Legal Associate

https://www.lexstart.com/

Burgeon Law

Legal Associate

https://burgeon.co.in/

Venture Garage

Dealflow Associate

https://venturegarage.in/

Radar Advisors

Dealflow Associate

https://www.radaradvisors.in/

Fedsec Group

Valuation Associate

https://www.fedsec.in/

Kaytes Business Consultants LLP

Corporate Consultant

https://www.linkedin.com/company/kaytesconsulting/

Arora Prem & Associates

Chartered Accountant

http://aroraprem.com/index.php

GetVantage

Revenue- Based Financing Partner

https://getvantage.co/

VENTURE PARTNER

  • Mahavir Poddar
    Mahavir Poddar

    Venture Partner

  •  Pawan Dalmia
    Pawan Dalmia

    Venture Partner

  • Rajender Singh
    Rajender Singh

    Venture Partner

Mahavir Poddar

Venture Partner

A Chartered Accountant with experience of 14 years as an Entrepreneur, 6 years of being in Senior positions and 4 years of Angel Investing & Mentoring Startups.

He has Invested in 2 Soonicorns (BluSmart & Skit) and 4 potential Unicorns out of his total 16 Startup Investments.

He is also a Co-Founder of a Deeptech Startup. Entrepreneur by DNA he finds his Ikigai in startups with vision & mission to help startup founders become successful & create significant gains for retail Investors from Startup Investments.

Recently lost 2nd love of life, badminton to osteoarthritis. So now live, eat, breathe & sleep Startups.

Pawan Dalmia

Venture Partner

A Practicing Company Secretary with Honorary Doctorate in Business Management and a Technoprenuer with 15+ years of experience.

Having a good understanding of Technology, he has served over 400 companies in the last 15 years and has helped early-stage startups build their businesses.

Having strong PR & social networking skills he is an Active member of Rotary club and of St. Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni Association. He actively participates in social causes.

Rajender Singh

Venture Partner

Rajender Singh (Raaj) has over 20 years of experience in the corporate world with various Multinational Companies, out of which 15 years were with the companies in the financial services space with expertise in private and investment banking.
Raaj is a PGDBA and a rank holder CFA from ICFAI Hyderabad and had started his corporate career with German engineering giant, Siemens.
Amongst the various roles he assumed, he has served as Director with one of the leading boutique private bank of Swiss origin, Sarasin Alpen.
He has headed sales for the largest mutual fund managers in the world, Fidelity Mutual Fund for north India and has spent over five years managing the wealth of several high-net-worth clients at Citibank and HSBC.
Raaj has also worked for a real estate private equity firm with a remit to raise funds and was briefly associated with the Angel Investors Consortium where he handled deal flow for early-stage investments.
For the last 5 years he has been actively involved in the startup ecosystem raising funds for early-stage focused AIF’s and for startups as a partner in one of the leading startup investment banking platform, providing mentorship to promising entrepreneurs and has held advisory board positions in some highly successful ventures.