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Anirudh Damani
Managing Partner
Artha Venture Fund
About
My professional journey started with humble beginnings. I found myself going door to door in West Texas, where I tried to convince homeowners to switch their electricity provider to Stream Energy. After all that hustle, I got the golden opportunity to work with one of the world's largest energy companies, Suez Energy, which now goes by the name Engie. As their National Sales Director, I set up, trained, and managed offices for commercial energy broking in Texas, Illinois, New York, and several other states. When I moved back to India in 2013, I decided to set out into the energy space on my own and founded Artha Energy Resources (www.artha.energy). Once I noticed how lucrative the returns were from investing in high yielding renewable energy assets, I decided to re-invest some of our revenue into early-stage startups with high growth potential. This new investment arm, Artha India Ventures (www.artha.ventures), was part of our Family Office. I helped conceptualize a circular investment model that the Office still follows to this day. We generate our startup investment capital from our renewable assets, and in turn, use the returns from our exits to purchase and build more renewable assets. During my time with AIV, we had the opportunity to back extraordinary ventures like OYO Rooms, Exotel, Tala, NowFloats, Purplle, LenDenClub, BabyChakra, and more. We proudly deem ourselves a leading early-stage investment firm with a portfolio of 75+ global ventures. After an enriching experience with AIV, I decided to branch out on my own. In 2018, I set up India's first Micro-VC Fund, Artha Venture Fund (www.artha.vc). Our goal is to fund and build game-changing ventures from India! Having an impactful presence in the startup ecosystem, I have been featured by publishers like ET (The Economic Times), LiveMint, Bloomberg Quint, YourStory, VCCircle, and KRAsia, to name a few. I am always on the lookout to learn about new ideas from bright minds! I interview many Founders and Investors on my weekly talk show #DamaniTalks. I also avidly blog about my experiences as an early-stage investor on www.showmedamani.com. Something most people wouldn’t know about me is that I am a PADI certified scuba diver with over 40 dives under my belt! Follow me or add me as a connection to watch how I take on the challenge of building a Virgin-like, socially responsible, exciting conglomerate in India under the Artha brand name!
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