Rohit Goyal, Managing Partner at Windrose Capital
We are pretty consistent in our goals and the purpose of our fund. We want to be able to enable the future of digital India. Fortunately, our motivation is what drives us to be able to do this every single day and so it hasn’t changed even a bit all these years, which is to be able to bring forth India's fast transforming economy through the early stage and mid-stage startups.
We're at a prime time of experiencing some quality startups with innovations that can help the customers in their daily lives and make an impact on our future; so for us there couldn’t have been a better time to be a part of this eco-system. What also motivates me personally in daily life, is to be around such driven people and learn from them. I am very curious about things by nature and have this constant insatiable need of learning as much as I can. Whether it is my team at Windrose Capital or the founders that we meet, it helps tremendously to be surrounded by such driven and informed individuals since there is always something new to learn every day!
As a founder of any business, the line between a work-day and a leisure-day is constantly blurred. I also struggle a bit in this aspect. To be able to take some time off the work and call it ‘leisure’.
Probably the only thing that differs between the two, is that on a proper workday, there is a load of administrative responsibility that is to be undertaken. With value creation activities, on the other hand, it never really stops and there is no difference between a workday or leisure day there. I even have meetings lined up on new years!
We pride ourselves in being disciplined investors and whenever the stakes seem too high we always remind ourselves that we’re first ‘disciplined’ and then an ‘investor’, since investors can at times favor profitable opportunities no matter what the rationale behind it is. In fact, on the very first page of our thesis, we have this quote by Warren Buffet which says: ‘We DON’T have to be smarter than the rest, we have to be more disciplined than the rest’
We exist to create capital value by harnessing disruptive efficiency-driven opportunities in the Indian Startup space. India, a nation of 1.3 billion dreams, is currently poised at the edge of the greatest technology shift since 1700 A.D. At Windrose we are well alert to the unique potential the founders of this country have and so, exist to enable potential Indian Unicorns to arrive onto the global stage. The way we plan to do this is not by flamboyant genius or luck (though we welcome both), but by plodding the trusted, plain and boring path: By placing disciplined bets on probable successes in tech-driven, business-focused ventures, after ensuring that they are led by some of the most disproportionately mission-driven people one can ever meet.
Although we are sector agnostic, our investment & entrepreneurial experiences in particular domains, have developed our disposition towards the following Tracks:
a) Fin-Inclusion (Both B2B & B2C)
b) B2B Tech: Enterprise SaaS & SME Tech
c) B2B Deep Tech: AI/ML, NLP, Computer Vision, IoT, Edge computing, and other embedded technologies
We offer our support to our portfolio companies in various areas since we believe in being more resourceful than just providing capital or network. We focus on building a founder-investor relationship since day one, rather than an investee-investor relationship. This helps since the founding team can always count on us for whatever roadblocks they’re facing whether it be in finance, strategy, technology, or even in human resources.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari is my all-time favorite book that I’d recommend not only to entrepreneurs but literally everyone! I even recommend Dr. Robert Cialdini books to develop soft skills that can transform you as an individual and even as an entrepreneur. https://fs.blog/ is a great place to learn about mental models that I think everyone can use to seek more clarity in their personal and professional life.
Having been an entrepreneur himself in the past, Rohit has garnered over a decade of experience and valuable insights into the VC eco-system and nurturing the driven entrepreneurial spirit. He's always on the lookout to learn more about the 'next big thing' and helping founders chase after their dreams with Windrose Capital.
He has partnered and set-up companies in & outside India, with people from China, Sri Lanka, UK & Germany. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering & Masters in Management from CASS Business School, City University, London.