Samir became an early-stage venture investor in 2001 following a 15 year operating career with high growth companies.
Samir was part of the early team at Wipro (NYSE: WIT), one of India’s largest and most highly valued IT companies, helping drive its growth from $4M to over $100M of revenues. Samir was also founding member of Wipro’s joint venture with Acer Computer in Taiwan to design, build and sell computers for the Indian market.
Samir became a VC in 2001 when he joined Acer Technology Ventures- a $260 million institutional venture fund investing in technology and services companies in India, U.S. and Asia Pacific. Samir led the firm’s early-stage India practice and played an active role on the Boards of a number of Indian and U.S. technology startups, resulting in several profitable exits to date including RelQ and Indecomm Global Services.
Samir has a well established network of business contacts throughout India and the Asia Pacific region. Samir is on the Governing Body of TiE Bangalore, and is an active Charter Member mentoring entrepreneurs. Samir is also active in his IIT & IIM Alumni networks, and is an active speaker at various entrepreneurial events.
He holds a BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.