Think Elevation Capital Growth Opportunities
Ravi Adusumalli, our Co-Chief Executive Officer , is the founder of Elevation Capital and has served as managing partner of Elevation Capital since December 2010. Mr. Adusumalli is supported by a five persons senior team, who together lead a 29-member investment team located across Gurgaon and Bangalore, India and Salt Lake City, USA. Since completing its first investment in 2002, Elevation Capital has invested more than $1.5 billion in capital and invested in over 125 companies. Elevation Capital’s focus in on early-stage investing and has been an early investor and partner to founders of category defining companies such as Paytm, Make My Trip, Swiggy, Just Dial, FirstCry. Meesho, ShareChat, NoBroker, Unacademy and Urban Company. To date, Elevation Capital has successfully realized or partially-realized over 25 investments. Mr. Adusumalli has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics from Cornell University. We believe that Mr. Adusumalli’s extensive investment experience, contacts and relationships makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Shashin Shah, our Co-Chief Executive Officer , is the founder of Think Investments and has served as managing partner of Think Investments since 2013. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Shah was a partner at Valiant Capital Partners (“Valiant”). Prior to Valiant, he worked as an Analyst at Blue Ridge Capital, a global long/short equity fund, from 2006 to 2008 and as an Equity Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley from 2004 to 2006. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Shah worked at ExxonMobil in the Middle East and South America Upstream Group. Mr. Shah has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. We believe that Mr. Shah’s extensive investment experience and network makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Tom Glaser, our Chief Financial Officer , has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Think Investments since 2013. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Glaser served as the Chief Financial Officer of Ayer Capital Management, a long/short equity healthcare fund. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Sports Composite DE Inc., a venture backed internet start-up, from 2006 to 2008. Prior to Sports Composite, Mr. Glaser was a Manager at Ernst &Young LLP, global asset management practice and was an Associate at Arthur Anderson, private client services (tax and audit practice). Mr. Glaser has a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California Los Angeles and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vivek Mathur, our Chief Operating Officer , has been an operating partner at Elevation Capital since 2011. Mr. Mathur assists portfolio companies scale by working with them on matters such as finance operations, compliance and structuring. He has over 20 years of operational experience in finance, banking and strategy. He has previously worked at Standard Chartered Bank and headed Dell’s Global Contact Centers in India. Mr. Mathur has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and M.Sc. Chemistry from BITS Pilani and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Neeraj Arora is a director nominee . Mr. Arora currently serves as an executive at Venture Highway Capital, a venture capital fund. Mr. Arora previously served as Global Business Head at Whatsapp from November 2011 until November 2018. Prior to his role at Whatsapp, Mr. Arora served as the Principal, Corporate Development at Google and prior to that he served as the Chief Manager at Times Internet Ltd. Mr. Arora began his career at Accellion Inc. as a Program Manager. Mr. Arora is a mechanical engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and has a Masters of Business Administration from the Indian School of Business in Finance and Strategy. We believe that Mr. Arora’s substantial experience as a private investor and his senior leadership experience and network make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Harsh Jain is a director nominee . Mr. Jain currently serves as President of Dream Sports Inc., which is the holding company of Sporta Technologies Private Limited (Sporta), India (“Sporta”). Mr. Jain is the founder of Sporta and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since its founding in 2008. We believe that Mr. Jain’s experience as an entrepreneur and his senior leadership experience make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Kabir Misra is a director nominee . Since October 2018, Mr. Misra has served as managing partner at RPS Ventures, a venture capital firm in Palo Alto, California. Prior to October 2018, Mr. Misra was a managing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisors (which manages the SoftBank Vision Fund) and SoftBank Capital. He has worked with SoftBank since 2006 and has represented SoftBank at various points on the boards of its investee companies, most recently at FlipKart, PayTM, Tokopedia, Coupang, BigCommerce and PayActiv. Prior to joining SoftBank, Mr. Misra worked as an investment banker in the United States and Hong Kong. Since October 2020, Mr. Misra has served on the board of Alibaba Group Holding LTD. Mr. Misra has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe that Mr. Misra’s significant investment and corporate transaction experience makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma is a director nominee . Mr. Sharma has served as the Chairman and Managing Director of One 97 Communications Limited that owns the flagship consumer brand Paytm since December 2000. Mr. Sharma has played a critical role in developing the mobile payments and commerce ecosystem in India. Mr. Sharma founded OCL in 2000 and established the Paytm brand in August 2010 and continues to oversee the key strategic efforts including engineering, design and marketing. He has also launched Paytm Payments Bank, bringing a new business model to the world of banking. Mr. Sharma was featured in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People’ list in 2017. He has also received several other top industry honors, including GQ Man of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year at the ET Awards for Corporate Excellence. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from the Delhi College of Engineering. We believe that Mr. Sharma’s experience as an entrepreneur makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.