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Episode 10: The Founders ‘Ask’ says it all.


For Episode 10, we reached out to Mohan Kumar, Executive Director of NVP India. Mohan brings in extensive operational, technology and investment experience, having worked at leading global organizations in various senior positions and personally investing in technology start-up companies. With his VC hat on Mohan shared very interesting perspectives on:

  • The results of Venture Capital theories from the last 2 years
  • What role timing plays when making an investment, especially in an early stage company
  • What founders need to know about their ‘ask’
  • Why it is NOT a good idea to have a high ask in your early stages as a company
  • VC expectations from working with Angel Investors over the last few years
  • The VC sentiment towards investing in the slightly controversial India 2 segement
  • Two key things VCs should think about before investing in early stage companies.

About Mohan

Mohan is based in NVP India’s Bengaluru office and serves as an advisor on investments in next-generation technologies, Healthcare and Education. Mohan advised NVP’s investments in Attune Technologies, Borqs, Capillary Technologies, CRMnext, iProf, Manthan Systems, NationWide Primary Healthcare Services, Ovum, Perfint Healthcare, and Zenoti.

Prior to joining NVP India, Mohan served as Corporate Vice President of Mobile Devices Software at Motorola where he was instrumental in creating mobile platform middleware, user interface technology and applications across 3GSM, CDMA and WiFi / WiMax mobile phones.

Mohan has also been an angel investor and is active in helping start-up companies in the areas of mobile solutions, content and applications, namely Allgo Systems, Azingo, Quantum, SpaceTime and Mitoken.

Having worked in various vice president roles at Motorola, Mohan played an integral role in setting up design centers in Asia and Europe. He was responsible for Software and Telecom products in the ASIAPAC region with annual revenues of more than US$2 billion. During his tenure there, Mohan was responsible for the design centers achieving the highest quality level in software engineering (SEI Level 5), the first organization in the world to obtain this quality level. He also built strong relationships with VAS providers in ASIAPAC, and helped them develop various premium paid services. Mohan also successfully developed and launched mobile phone models for the European/ASIAN market.

Prior to serving in multiple senior roles at Motorola, Mohan worked with Texas Instruments as a technical architect on DSP Technologies and helped set up Texas Instruments’ business unit in Bangalore.

Mohan holds a B.Tech degree in electronics & communication engineering from Institute of Technology, Benares, India. Later he took part in the Leadership/Management Program at the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

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