Sequoia Capital India has promoted five investors to Managing Director, bolstering its leadership during India’s extraordinary startup and investment growth. On July 30, Sequoia announced the promotions of Ashish Agarwal and Harshjit Sethi from the venture team and Tejeshwi Sharma, Sakshi Chopra, and Ishan Mittal from the growth team..
Ashish joined Sequoia as an analyst in February 2013. From the start, Ashish was clear he wanted to be an early stage investor; his super power is his ability to imagine what a future market structure could look like and he often nudges the team to take the long term view. He has advised on investments on behalf of Sequoia India in trailblazing companies like Groww, Pristyn Care, Stanza Living, Progcap and many others.
Harshjit joined Sequoia India in 2015 when he moved back from Silicon Valley after building products at Dropbox. Since then Harsh has ably represented Sequoia India by advising on investments in disruptive companies like BharatPe, Apna, Darwinbox, Lambda Test and many others. Founders are drawn to Harsh’s product-first and strategic thinking while he himself can’t stop evangelizing the massive global opportunity for Indian companies over the next decade.
Ishaan first joined Sequoia India in 2011 as part of Sequoia’s Analyst Program. After rejoining post his MBA at Harvard, Ishaan has advised on investments in fast growing companies like Razorpay, MamaEarth, Cardekho, Finova Capital and many other category defining companies. Ishaan is ‘the sharp shooter’ on the growth team characterized by his thoughtful and deliberate approach to investing, as well as the effort and energy he puts in while working with founders.
Sakshi joined Sequoia India in 2010 as part of the Analyst Program. Today she is seen as the ‘go to’ person for all Consumer and Consumer Tech investments at Sequoia India. She’s comfortable taking risks and making bold decisions, and works relentlessly with founders to create category-defining companies. Sakshi has advised on investments in terrific Growth stage companies like Indigo Paints, Wakefit, Purplle, Five Star Finance and numerous others.
TJ joined Sequoia India in 2012, also as part of Sequoia’s Analyst Program. TJ completed his MBA from Stanford University and also worked with the Tencent investment team for India before returning to Sequoia India in 2018. He’s known for his ‘dream gene’ – his ability to envision and dream large outcomes with his founders. He has advised on growth stage investments in Moglix, Whatfix, Rebel Foods and Unacademy.
Sequoia India further stated that they are committed to assisting founders in their pursuit of success. These new advancements, according to Sequoia, are another another step in the right direction. The new Managing Directors have a combined experience of nearly 40 years working with over 50 companies in this industry.
They have also stated that they’ve worked exceptionally hard to put together a world-class bench of company builders in order to better support their founders. They have over 40 functional experts working on company formation with their founders across marketing and growth, technology, data science, human resources, strategy development, public policy, finance, and legal functions.