Emergence of the Angel and VC Women. Sarayu Srinivasan

With more and more startups being founded by women and many more companies showing better profitability under women leadership, there has also been a rise in the number of women investors. Previously considered to be a male bastion, the highly competitive investment segment is seeing some women presence of late. Today we meet one such lady who uses her immense acumen and experience to fund companies across multiple geographies. Ms Sarayu SrinivasanMs. Srinivasan is an investor currently investing in and advising early and growth stage technology companies and venture and private equity firms in the US, Europe and India. She is also writing a book about India. Ms. Srinivasan was formerly a Director at Intel Capital where she focused on domestic and cross-border venture capital and private equity investment into a sector and stage agnostic technology businesses in India and the U.S. Ms. Srinivasan, who is an American, moved to India from the US to help Intel deploy its first targeted $250MM fund in 2006. Prior to Intel, she founded and ran a consultancy that focused on strategy and growth acceleration projects for early stage technology & consumer businesses. She also assessed, advised and commercialized promising early science & technology concepts, co-founding companies alongside scientific principals both as a consultant and from within a venture partnership.

Sarayu SrinivasanMs. Srinivasan headed marketing for uReach Technologies, today a leading converged communications service provider. During her tenure, uReach grew from a start-up with a few thousand to over a million consumer subscribers to become a top three telecom services brand. Prior to uReach, Ms. Srinivasan was a brand manager at the Pepsi-Cola Company where she ran a $300MM business that was repositioned, won a national claim and became the number two national category entrant. Previously Ms. Srinivasan held a research fellowship at the Harvard Business School in the areas of Valuation, Finance and Competition & Strategy where she was asked to join the DBA (PhD) based on her work. She is the author of research, case studies and papers including contributing to the award winning textbook Business Analysis & Valuation Using Financial Statements. In addition, Ms. Srinivasan helped develop a profitable C-level executive education program on conducting business in emerging markets. Ms. Srinivasan also worked for Satyam Computer Services, the global IT services firm both in India and the U.S. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Ms. Srinivasan also helped pilot corporate social responsibility initiatives at Intel as part of the CSR/social entrepreneurship management committee. Ms. Srinivasan’s current and prior Board roles include Microland, IndiaMART, Comat, TAG & Insilica. Additionally, she serves on the Boards of Young Inventors International, on the advisory Board of Questionbox and is a Charter Member of TiE Bangalore. She previously sat on the Program Board of the Harvard Club New York and is a former Trustee and Chair of the New-York Historical Society Young Friends. As an analyst and author, Ms. Srinivasan has published a wide range of academic and practitionerā019s literature on business, technology and investment issues.
Ms. Srinivasan earned a BA in Architecture from Barnard College/Columbia University (Mount Holyoke Alumnae Scholar and National Zoological Park Architectural Design Fellow), a Certificate in Medieval Studies from Cambridge University, an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris, France and held a research fellowship at the Harvard Business School pre-PhD.

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