Smart investors demonstrate capability to invest in the right idea, early. They are not only supportive, collaborative, friendly but also back the venture and stay invested. This helps build successful, performance centric teams and creates powerful brands. Most importantly, they know when to exit.
The investment management team at YourNest comprises local managers with hands-on operational and investment experience – Sunil K Goyal, Sanjay Pande, Girish Shivani and the institutional nominee of SIDBI – Rajive Sood. The strengths of this Investment Committee are:
- Knowledge and exposure to building businesses across sectors.
- Experience in mentoring business plans and early stage ventures in India for over a decade.
- Analysing and executing business plans.
- Experience as Angel Investor individually and in groups.
- Ability to guide through the life-cycle of an early stage business.
- Extensive dependable professional network of relationships and connections.
Our Investment Managers
Sunil K Goyal
Managing Director and Fund Manager
Sunil has won recognition for playing pivotal roles in the growing and leading of well-known businesses like Bharti Group & Dabur. Sunil was part of the core team at Airtel and played a transformational role from its start-up days to a USD 50 billion business.
Sunil is currently an independent director on the Board of Bharti Telecom Limited (Holding company of Bharti Airtel Limited) and Bharti Hexacom Ltd (A JV with TCIL, a GoI undertaking). A former member of TiE, Indian Angel Network & Mumbai Angels his passion for early stage ventures had led him to invest in nine start-ups on his own before he set-up YourNest. One of his investments, ZipDial, recently had an exit to a global player, Twitter. Another investment, VuClip, was acquired by PCCW.
Sunil believes in conscious capitalism and relishes driving business that involve a high sense of purpose and vision. Disruptive start-ups drive his adrenaline to enable them to build into viable business ventures. Start-ups gain from his extensive experience and his expertise in building businesses from the ground up. Sunil has in depth exposure to deal structuring, business appraisals, due diligence and complex mergers and acquisitions. Sunil is identified as a thought leader for the development and policy making on early stage ecosystem.
He is a keen golfer and health enthusiast with diversified interests in social upliftment.
Sunil is a qualified CFA, a Management Accountant and a Masters in Business Economics (MBE) from University of Delhi South Campus.
Director and Fund Manager
Sanjay, co-founder of YourNest, is an experienced executive coach, a leadership trainer in over 100 companies across multiple geographies and cultures, and start-up mentor. He is an innovative behavioural trainer and is amongst the pioneers in experiential learning in India.
He is known for his expertise in transforming organisational cultures and bringing about positive and dynamic changes. He actively supports integration of value, brand, culture and strategy in building highly productive teams.
At YourNest, Sanjay is responsible for the fund strategy, identifying promising entrepreneurial teams with disruptive ideas and guiding these teams to unleash their potential. Sanjay has a reputation of being an innovator and thought leader who challenges the status quo. Start-ups look up to him for strategy development, leadership assessment, capability building, team structure & constitution, motivating for delivery, and continuous mentoring.
Sanjay gained organisational understanding in his stints in FMCG, healthcare, consulting and academia. Passionate about leadership, teamwork and enhancing human performance, he has worked with over 100 organisations in India and abroad as a corporate trainer.
Sanjay is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi.
Executive Director and Fund Manager
Girish, co-founder of YourNest, is a hands-on executive with strong experience of fund management and equity research. His robust process centricity, analytical and decision support systems expertise has made him a trusted advisor to his clients.
He is recognised as a thought leader in the space of business intelligence, big data and analytics. Girish has experience in telecom, media, IT consulting, and financial services.
At YourNest, Girish is responsible for developing the investment strategy, identifying emerging trends and investment opportunities, monitoring & reviewing progress at portfolio companies and advising the portfolio companies for building robust processes.
Girish is a tech-savant, with in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies. He is passionate about seeking out disruptive technologies and great innovators. Professionally he has been involved in multiple initiatives across telecom and media verticals involving new product design, concept development, and launch of VAS and content services.
He is an alumnus of St. Stephens’ College in Computer Science and an MBA from IMT Ghaziabad. For Girish, speed and focus is of essence during the initial stages of a start-up. His hobbies include teaching, cooking, astronomy and photography, and he is an avid traveller.
Dr. Vivek Mansingh
Vivek has over 30 years of global experience and is currently Chairman of Axiscades, India’s leading integrated engineering services company listed on the Indian Stock Exchange. He is an investor and mentor to a number of startups including EnCloudEn, Wolken Software, Arthayantra and Golflan and is an advisor to Jupiter Capital.
Vivek holds six US patents, has published hundreds of articles and technical papers and has contributed to two books. His honours include the National Who’s Who for the United States, the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, Public Relations Council of India’s Chanakya Leadership Award and IT Man of the Year, India 2016 award by Global Enterprise Connect (Dubai).
In the past he has held leadership positions in: Cisco Systems – President – Collaboration & Communication Group (2010 – 2014); Dell – India R&D Head – (2005 – 2010); Portal Software Inc. – VP & MD Portal Software India (2003 – 2005); Ishoni Networks – VP & MD (2001 – 2003); Aavid – ATTI USA – Founder (1997 – 2000); Fujitsu USA – Director of Marketing and Sales (1991 – 1996) and Hewlett-Packard USA – Senior Scientist (1986 – 1990).
Vivek is an alumnus of Stanford University (Executive Business Management Program); Queen’s University, Canada (Ph.D.Engineering Design); and National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, (BE – Awarded Gold Medal).
Ramesh G. Dharmaji (SIDBI nominee)
Ramesh G. Dharmaji, aged 57 years, has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Physics from Bombay University and M.Com in Banking from Mysore University. He has 33 years of experience in Development Banking, Credit, evolving of structural products for new generation enterprises, profit centre operations, networking with government, multilateral agencies.
Having a broad range of hands-on experience founding, funding and supporting early-stage technology companies, Alok Mittal joined Canaan India in March 2006, leading the company's investments in India.