Dr. Hemant Kanakia

Kanakia Ventures, LLC.
Hemant Kanakia is currently focused on making angel investments in India through India Angel networks and has invested in 7 early stage companies since Jan 2010. These are in sectors ranging from Education, Technology and healthcare areas. He is also a founding partner of Infinity Innovation Fund, an early stage fund that makes investments in the range of Rs. 5 crore to Rs. 25 crore in technology companies in sectors ranging from online commerce, internet technology, value-added manufacturing, healthcare IT, financial services, Bottom of the pyramid focused plays, etc. Most recently, Hemant has been a partner with Columbia Capital (2004-2009), an East Coast of USA based Venture Capital Firm. At Columbia he had focused primarily on early-stage technology investments. After retiring from Columbia, he switched his focus to making investment overseas, particularly, India from his own investment fund, Kanakia Ventures LLC. Hemant has been on Board of Directors of Enpirion, Teranetics, WiNetworks, and Tilera. He was previously founder and CEO of Torrent Networking Technology (acquired by Ericsson for $500 M in cash) and co-founder of Photuris (acquired by Meriton) and Gemplex, inc. (acquired by Tata Telesystems). Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Hemant served on the Board of Directors of Photuris, Viagate, Price Hawk, Gemplex, and Torrent Networking Technology. Prior to starting Torrent, Hemant worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Tata Consultancy Services, India. Hemant received his B.Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, his M.S. degree from Case Western Reserve University, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Hemant is a member of board of Trustees at Case Western Reserve University and ex-trustee at Virginia Polytechnic. He was elected president of Washington DC chapter of TiE and also on the global board of trustees of TiE.
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