Your day zero global investors

Day zero has a different meaning for every founder. It could be the day they decide to quit their job to become a founder or the day they find a problem that they are passionate to solve. Or it could be the day they decide to raise their first institutional capital. Whatever day zero means to you, we want to be the first call you make. We put in day zero capital in the range of $500K and plug you into a robust global network to take your startup to the next level.

First believer at the first step of your entrepreneurial journey

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Startups

We are building the world’s largest and fastest-growing early-stage investment platform. Whether it is pre-team, pre-product or pre-revenue, we are the first believers for founders in India. We invest in the range of $500K and help their startups achieve product-market fit and enable global expansion in any category.

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Individuals

At Antler's India Residency, we are bringing exceptional builders together to meet, learn and co-create the companies of the future. Apply to be a part of India's most exclusive community of aspiring founders, where you can find a co-founder to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey.

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Pre-Seed

Startups

We are building the world’s largest and fastest-growing early-stage investment platform. Whether it is pre-team, pre-product or pre-revenue, we are the first believers for founders in India. We invest in the range of $500K and help their startups achieve product-market fit and enable global expansion in any category.

Residency

Individuals

At Antler's India Residency, we are bringing exceptional builders together to meet, learn and co-create the companies of the future. Apply to be a part of India's most exclusive community of aspiring founders, where you can find a co-founder to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey.

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As investors, we have looked at over 25,000 startups in the last decade, and funded over 80 companies across various stages, sectors, and geographies. We have seen multiple companies go to IPO, delivered sizeable M&A outcomes, and worked closely with nearly 55 startups in helping them raise further rounds of funding from some of the world’s marquee funds. Here are some companies we have been first believers in:

Founder testimonials

Don't just take it from us. Hear from phenomenal people who joined Antler in India to launch their company.

Neha Juneja

IndiaP2P

The Antler team feels like an extension of one’s own team. I have some experience raising money before, but this is unique to Antler. They don't see you as investors, you are like their own team.

Vistar Singh

Bookee

We constantly felt there were things we needed to understand, and Antler’s exposure helped with that. It is unlikely we would have made it to the next level without their guidance.

Prithvi Sankar

humit

Antler India has done a remarkable job of bringing together some of the best early-stage founders and providing a cohort-based approach towards company building. Through their experience in startups and investing, each member of the team brings diverse perspectives on product, hiring, and growth.

Leapfrog from Day Zero to Greatness

Globally, 68% of all Antler portfolio companies have raised their next round of funding. An extension of our founders’ teams: we don’t launch and leave. We are here to maximize their success for the entire life cycle of the company. From helping you find your first global customers to hiring a solid founding team and preparing for your next fundraise, our global platform is equipped with resources to leapfrog your startup to the next level.

Our founders scale faster:

• New age investment platform, IndiaP2P disbursed $1m+ worth of microfinance loans to over 1500 women borrowers in 8 months

• Building the country’s best intercity travel platform, ApniBus scaled to over 1 million transactions in 7 months

• PeakPerformer raised a $3M seed round from Sequoia Surge in less than 6 months to scale an organization’s most important asset: people

The people behind Antler India

As builders, we have founded companies in E-commerce, Ed-Tech, Mobility, FinTech, and Web3, created products used by millions of people, hired early core teams, and raised capital across different stages.

Rajiv Srivatsa
Partner

Rajiv is a Partner in the Antler Bangalore office, where he is leading the deployment of Antler in India. Rajiv co-founded Urban Ladder (UL), India's top omni-channel furniture brand. Over ~8 years, UL raised over $100Mn in venture capital from top Indian VCs and changed the way Indians shop for furniture online. Prior to Urban Ladder, he served as a Senior Product Manager with Yahoo. He has been featured on GQ Influential Young Indians and repeatedly on the Fortune 40 Under 40 India list. Rajiv loves working with early-stage entrepreneurs on product, culture and brand to build scalable companies.

Nitin Sharma
Partner

Nitin brings over a decade of experience in global venture capital, having invested in 60+ tech startups in multiple geographies. As the founder of FirstPrinciples.VC, he built a thesis-driven syndicate and portfolio of 35+ startups backed by marquee investors, and also played a leading role in fostering India’s blockchain ecosystem. Previously, Nitin was a founding team principal at Lightbox Ventures, one of India’s leading consumer-focused VCs (now $400M under management), where he supported the first two funds since inception.

Lakshmikant PB
Head of Finance & Legal

Lakshmikant is the Head of Finance & Legal at Antler India. Lakshmikant has more than 19 years of experience in PE & VC Fund Management, NBFC Operations, and Banking Operations. Prior to joining Antler, Lakshmikant was a Consultant to T-Hub, a Startup accelerator based in Hyderabad, and helped their startups raise capital from Angels and VC investors. Prior to his role as a Consultant, he was the Finance Controller at SRI Capital, a US-based tech VC Fund where he set up their India operations and represented the fund on the board of portfolio companies. Before that, Lakshmikant spent 10 years at Caspian Impact Investments where he was the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Caspian, Lakshmikant worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions and Citigroup. Lakshmikant holds an MBA from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.

Susmit Patodia
Capital Director

Susmit Patodia is the Capital Director at Antler India. Susmit has worked with Motilal Oswal across various roles. His last assignment was in Asset Management Company where he was a Portfolio Manager. His themes of “Anti-Fragile Investing in India”, “Don’t Bet Against India” and “Return to not normal but better” connected with investors. Prior to this, he headed the Institutional Equities Sales business of Motilal Oswal. He has also worked with Accenture Management Consulting where he was adjudged the best associate in the pool. Susmit holds a postgraduate degree from IIM Bangalore.

Nandini Vishwanath
Program Director

Nandini is the Program Director at Antler India. She was previously the founder of GIGI Benefits (YC’20). Prior to her founder stint, she architected and led customer experience for Urban Ladder, India’s leading Furniture e-commerce startup. She holds a Masters Degree in Linguistics from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India and New Media Management from Syracuse University, NY.

Rahul Seth
Scouting Director

Rahul is the Scouting Director at Antler India. At Antler, he leads the process of identifying the most driven founders looking to build iconic companies. He has been an early stage operator, founder and angel investor in the Indian startup ecosystem, and has backed the founders of Pixxel, FamPay and Homingos. Rahul is an alumnus of BITS Pilani & The Indian Military Academy.

Ishavasyam Dash
Marketing Director

Ishavasyam Dash is the Marketing Director at Antler India. Previously, Isha was a part of the leadership team at Unacademy, where she helped launch and grow a new skill-based course platform. She also led brand marketing for Urban Ladder, helping it become one of India's most loved brands. Prior, she was at Dulux (AkzoNobel), where she launched the specialist paints category in India. Isha holds a Master's Degree in Marketing from NMIMS, Mumbai.

Vineet Agarwal
Investment Manager

Vineet Agarwal is an Investment Manager at Antler India. He executes investments at Antler India and helps raise capital for Antler India Fund. In his last stint, he was a core member of the Strategy division at Ola and was involved in multiple fundraises ($500m+) and M&A activity across Ola Group. Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs (Investment Banking) where he worked on deals worth $40bn+. Vineet is a 2x founder, and founded Motorhood (a vehicle maintenance startup) & BluGanesha Airwaves (a proximity marketing venture). He holds an MBA from NMIMS Mumbai and a Bachelors in Commerce from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.

Rohan Kohli
Portfolio Management

Rohan is a part of the Portfolio Management team at Antler India.Post his under-graduation from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, he joined a 0-to-1 SaaS expert network startup Lynk Global as one of the founding members at their India office. Following the success of this office, Rohan moved to New York and Toronto to set up Lynk's North America business.His most recent stint involved leading growth and GTM initiatives at xto10x, a startup that supports other companies in their scaling journey.

Samiksha Agarwal
Investment Associate

Samiksha works as an Investment Associate with Antler India. She focuses on Founder Scouting, where she helps identify super passionate founders building for the future. Prior to this, she worked as an Analyst at 3one4 Capital and interned with EY in Zurich in the TAS department. She is an alumnus of The Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of St. Gallen, and IE Business School.

Karan Prasad
Program Associate

Karan is the Program Associate for the Antler India cohorts and plays an active role in enabling partnerships for our global portfolio. Prior to joining Antler, he worked across business development and community management across SaaS and cloud verticals. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from BMS College of Engineering.

Neha Reddy
Marketing Analyst

Neha is the Marketing Analyst at Antler India. Previously, she was a part of the founding team at leap.club, a community-led professional network for women where she worked on marketing and engagement.

Reetik Agarwal
Investment Associate

Reetik works as an Investment Associate with Antler India. He focuses on Investments, where he builds thesis & identify trends in the market, performs due diligence on companies and makes investment recommendations.

Varun Bengani
Investment Analyst

Varun is a part of the Investments team at Antler India, focusing on early-stage consumer internet businesses, D2C brands & Web 3. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata where he pursued Chartered Accountancy and dropped out as a finalist.

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Vineet Agarwal
Investment Manager

Vineet Agarwal is an Investment Manager at Antler India. He executes investments at Antler India and helps raise capital for Antler India Fund. In his last stint, he was a core member of the Strategy division at Ola and was involved in multiple fundraises ($500m+) and M&A activity across Ola Group. Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs (Investment Banking) where he worked on deals worth $40bn+. Vineet is a 2x founder, and founded Motorhood (a vehicle maintenance startup) & BluGanesha Airwaves (a proximity marketing venture). He holds an MBA from NMIMS Mumbai and a Bachelors in Commerce from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.

Varun Bengani
Investment Analyst

Varun is a part of the Investments team at Antler India, focusing on early-stage consumer internet businesses, D2C brands & Web 3. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata where he pursued Chartered Accountancy and dropped out as a finalist.

Susmit Patodia
Capital Director

Susmit Patodia is the Capital Director at Antler India. Susmit has worked with Motilal Oswal across various roles. His last assignment was in Asset Management Company where he was a Portfolio Manager. His themes of “Anti-Fragile Investing in India”, “Don’t Bet Against India” and “Return to not normal but better” connected with investors. Prior to this, he headed the Institutional Equities Sales business of Motilal Oswal. He has also worked with Accenture Management Consulting where he was adjudged the best associate in the pool. Susmit holds a postgraduate degree from IIM Bangalore.

Samiksha Agarwal
Investment Associate

Samiksha works as an Investment Associate with Antler India. She focuses on Founder Scouting, where she helps identify super passionate founders building for the future. Prior to this, she worked as an Analyst at 3one4 Capital and interned with EY in Zurich in the TAS department. She is an alumnus of The Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of St. Gallen, and IE Business School.

Rohan Kohli
Portfolio Management

Rohan is a part of the Portfolio Management team at Antler India.Post his under-graduation from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, he joined a 0-to-1 SaaS expert network startup Lynk Global as one of the founding members at their India office. Following the success of this office, Rohan moved to New York and Toronto to set up Lynk's North America business.His most recent stint involved leading growth and GTM initiatives at xto10x, a startup that supports other companies in their scaling journey.

Rajiv Srivatsa
Partner

Rajiv is a Partner in the Antler Bangalore office, where he is leading the deployment of Antler in India. Rajiv co-founded Urban Ladder (UL), India's top omni-channel furniture brand. Over ~8 years, UL raised over $100Mn in venture capital from top Indian VCs and changed the way Indians shop for furniture online. Prior to Urban Ladder, he served as a Senior Product Manager with Yahoo. He has been featured on GQ Influential Young Indians and repeatedly on the Fortune 40 Under 40 India list. Rajiv loves working with early-stage entrepreneurs on product, culture and brand to build scalable companies.

Reetik Agarwal
Investment Associate

Reetik works as an Investment Associate with Antler India. He focuses on Investments, where he builds thesis & identify trends in the market, performs due diligence on companies and makes investment recommendations.

Rahul Seth
Scouting Director

Rahul is the Scouting Director at Antler India. At Antler, he leads the process of identifying the most driven founders looking to build iconic companies. He has been an early stage operator, founder and angel investor in the Indian startup ecosystem, and has backed the founders of Pixxel, FamPay and Homingos. Rahul is an alumnus of BITS Pilani & The Indian Military Academy.

Nitin Sharma
Partner

Nitin brings over a decade of experience in global venture capital, having invested in 60+ tech startups in multiple geographies. As the founder of FirstPrinciples.VC, he built a thesis-driven syndicate and portfolio of 35+ startups backed by marquee investors, and also played a leading role in fostering India’s blockchain ecosystem. Previously, Nitin was a founding team principal at Lightbox Ventures, one of India’s leading consumer-focused VCs (now $400M under management), where he supported the first two funds since inception.

Neha Reddy
Marketing Analyst

Neha is the Marketing Analyst at Antler India. Previously, she was a part of the founding team at leap.club, a community-led professional network for women where she worked on marketing and engagement.

Nandini Vishwanath
Program Director

Nandini is the Program Director at Antler India. She was previously the founder of GIGI Benefits (YC’20). Prior to her founder stint, she architected and led customer experience for Urban Ladder, India’s leading Furniture e-commerce startup. She holds a Masters Degree in Linguistics from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India and New Media Management from Syracuse University, NY.

Lakshmikant PB
Head of Finance & Legal

Lakshmikant is the Head of Finance & Legal at Antler India. Lakshmikant has more than 19 years of experience in PE & VC Fund Management, NBFC Operations, and Banking Operations. Prior to joining Antler, Lakshmikant was a Consultant to T-Hub, a Startup accelerator based in Hyderabad, and helped their startups raise capital from Angels and VC investors. Prior to his role as a Consultant, he was the Finance Controller at SRI Capital, a US-based tech VC Fund where he set up their India operations and represented the fund on the board of portfolio companies. Before that, Lakshmikant spent 10 years at Caspian Impact Investments where he was the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Caspian, Lakshmikant worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions and Citigroup. Lakshmikant holds an MBA from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.

Karan Prasad
Program Associate

Karan is the Program Associate for the Antler India cohorts and plays an active role in enabling partnerships for our global portfolio. Prior to joining Antler, he worked across business development and community management across SaaS and cloud verticals. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from BMS College of Engineering.

Ishavasyam Dash
Marketing Director

Ishavasyam Dash is the Marketing Director at Antler India. Previously, Isha was a part of the leadership team at Unacademy, where she helped launch and grow a new skill-based course platform. She also led brand marketing for Urban Ladder, helping it become one of India's most loved brands. Prior, she was at Dulux (AkzoNobel), where she launched the specialist paints category in India. Isha holds a Master's Degree in Marketing from NMIMS, Mumbai.

Cathy Guo
Portfolio and Investment Manager

Cathy Guo is a Portfolio and Investment Manager at Antler India. Previously, Cathy was the CEO and Co-Founder of Dunya Labs, building developer tools for decentralized applications. She was also a founding team member at True Beacon, a new-age asset management company formed by the founders of Zerodha, and led early-stage venture investments in companies such as Clinikk and Stayqrious at First Principles, an early-stage seed fund in Bangalore. Cathy has a degree in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University. She is the co-author of Myth of the Entrepreneur, a book on social entrepreneurship published by Harper Collins India.

High conviction-driven Day Zero investing

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Theory of Next by Antler India | Episode 01—Electric Vehicles

Theory of Next is a series by Antler India that decodes and contextualises the spaces and ideas of the future. Using first-principles approach, it provides a window into the process by which a venture capital firm arrives at a particular sectoral thesis. In this episode, Nitin Sharma (Partner, Antler India) and Vineet Agarwal (Investment Manager, Antler India) brainstorm and lay out our thesis on the electric vehicles landscape in India.

Theory of Next by Antler India | Episode 02—Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)

Theory of Next is a series by Antler India that decodes and contextualizes the spaces and ideas of the future. Using first-principles approach, it provides a window into the process by which a venture capital firm arrives at a particular sectoral thesis.

Theory of Next by Antler India | Episode 03—Mental Wellness Tech

Theory of Next is a series by Antler India that decodes and contextualizes the spaces and ideas of the future. Using first-principles approach, it provides a window into the process by which a venture capital firm arrives at a particular sectoral thesis.

Theory of Next by Antler India | Episode 04—The Next Era for Space Tech

India’s space tech industry is witnessing a paradigm shift driven by a factor common to most tech disruptions: a dramatic fall in cost. How will the confluence of multiple trends define the next era for space tech in India? Nitin Sharma (Partner, Antler India) and Rahul Seth (Scouting Director, Antler India) tackle these questions in the latest episode of Theory of Next. In a special section, Awais Ahmed (Co-founder and CEO, Pixxel) joins the team to talk about Mars colonization, asteroid mining, and space factories.

Investing in ApniBus

ApniBus, which has been operating in stealth mode, is now live in more than 350 routes connecting over 1000 destinations. In just 7 months, the platform has seen over 1 million transactions and is growing rapidly month on month. They have perfected an operating playbook that ensures superior unit economics from day 1 and at scale. We are proud to back Sumit, Ravi and the ApniBus team from day zero of their journey transforming intercity travel for the next 400M Bharat travelers.

Investing in Finverv

We at Antler are thrilled to back Finverv on day zero of its journey of building the critical infrastructure needed for enabling thousands of organizations to offer credit to their customers and suppliers while helping lenders build profitable and scalable partnerships.  

Investing in Cricinshots

We are thrilled to back 21-year-old award-winning game developers and designers, Harsh Savergaonkar and Aditya Kasibhatla, who, with Cricinshots aim to redefine gaming experiences for the next generation of gamers and cricket fans in India and beyond.

Investing in Adaptive

At Antler India, we are particularly excited to back founders in areas such as SaaS, dev tooling, and Web3 infrastructure—with the vision of building critical infrastructure in India, for the world. To that end, we are thrilled to back Ronak, Debarshi, and the Adaptive team as they embark on a mission to empower technical and non-technical stakeholders at software companies globally.

DAOs and Web3 Governance: The Promise, Implications and Challenges Ahead

The past two years in crypto have been absolutely astounding. From “DeFi summer” (now $250bn+ of total value locked) to “NFT craze” ($3.4bn monthly GMV on Opensea alone in August 2021) to Solana’s epic rise and various memecoin’s ultimate downfalls – the sheer pace of adoption and activity across the crypto ecosystem has been an incredible force.

Every venture fund in the world is currently deepening or developing a crypto thesis. Talent from traditional industries is pouring into crypto. And we now have an overarching, epochal narrative to define the movement: web3.

Amongst all the areas to focus on, I have chosen to write about Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). The reason for this is as follows:

  • Incentive Innovation Rules All. Bitcoin provided a practical solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem by introducing an incentive innovation. In fact, much of crypto is about remixing existing technology with new incentives to create powerful new paradigms. DAOs are the natural frontier of incentive design in web3.
  • Capital Power. The DeFi ecosystem, with $250bn total value locked (TVL), is the current “super-app” of web3. While only ~$10bn of DeFi TVL (~4%) is currently held in DAOs, this number will likely increase exponentially as more and more DeFi protocols progressively decentralize governance. More money, more power – DeFi Treasury DAOs have the potential for massively influencing web3 in 2022 and beyond as capital power grows.
  • Web3 Promise. If the promise of web3 (versus web2) is to reduce centralized power in private, opaque corporate structures, then functional, community-led DAOs are a key prerequisite for the web3 promise to be fulfilled.

Electric Vehicles: A roadmap to mass adoption in India

First appeared in The Economic Times. Head here for the story.

The future of mobility is at a critical point of inflection. Every time oil prices spike or climate change is debated and discussed, Electric Vehicles (EVs) are inevitably mentioned as a part of the solution. Yet, despite several new Indian companies entering various parts of the EV value chain, significant capital infused in the space, and large-scale execution efforts, EVs are not mainstream yet. It is 2021 and it seems we have hit the inflection point for EVs to take off, finally.

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