Avnish Bajaj is the Founder and Managing Partner of Matrix Partners India which is an investment firm with close to USD 1 billion under management. Matrix India invests across early and early growth stages of businesses in Technology–related sectors.
Matrix Partners India, founded in 2006, is one of India’s leading investment firms, focused on the consumer and enterprise market, at the seed, early and early growth stages. Matrix India is best known for their early investments in Ola, Quikr, Practo, Mswipe and Dailyhunt, among others.
Avnish’s select current investments for Matrix India include :
- Limeroad (mobile social marketplace),
- Ola (mobility business),
- Practo (healthcare app),
- Quikr (online local classifieds),
- Cloud nine (maternity hospitals),
- Meditrina (cardiac care hospitals) and
- Centre for Sight (eye care hospitals).
His select past investments with exits include Ace2three (online rummy) and ItzCash (acquired by NASDAQ: EBIX). He is also a founding angel investor in Cleartrip (online travel aggregator) amongst other investments as an angel investor.
Previously Avnish was the co–founder, Chairman and CEO of India’s Largest Online Marketplace at the time – Baazee.com – which was acquired by eBay and he ran eBay India thereafter.
Prior to Baazee, he was an Investment Banker in the Technology group at Goldman Sachs in New York and San Francisco. He was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and started his career with Apple Computer in the Bay Area.
Avnish is a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School, WARF Fellow from University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Computer Science graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Other interesting links on Avnish:
foundersfirst blog – http://www.matrixpartners.in/blog/detail/12
What Makes an Entrepreneur – http://www.matrixpartners.in/blog/detail/18
Starting Baazee.com – http://www.matrixpartners.in/blog/detail/25
Venture investing, supporting without intruding – http://www.matrixpartners.in/blog/detail/32
Evolving as a leader – http://www.matrixpartners.in/blog/detail/37
Mint interview – https://www.livemint.com/Companies/iOBrppbsZWSv3O1C5eMxnM/How-Matrix-Partners-changed-track.html
Yourstory video interview – https://yourstory.com/video/avnish-bajaj-matrix-india-partners/
ET startup awards for best investor – https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/et-startup-awards-2016-avnish-bajaj-has-a-proven-track-record-of-spotting-future-winners-early/articleshow/53590573.cms
Entrepreneur interview – https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/288253