Kanwal Rekhi


kanwalManaging Director – Inventus Capital Partner

Kanwal Rekhi, the legendary venture capitalist, is a name to reckon with – not just in Silicon Valley, but also in India. An engineer and an entrepreneur, this millionaire philanthropist is accredited for rearing an entire generation of tech entrepreneurs and guiding them towards innovation and excellence. For someone who had been laid-off thrice at the initial juncture of his career, the long list of outstanding accomplishments is indeed laudable. Regular nine to five jobs never thrilled Rekhi, and he soon realized that his real forte lied in business. Instigated by his entrepreneurial proclivity, he along with his two other colleagues launched their own company, Excelan, that pioneered Ethernet networking technology, one of the basic building blocks of the Internet. In 1995, Kanwal Rekhi co-founded TiE, The Indus Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit support network to provide advice, contacts, and funding to Indian Americans hoping to start businesses. Apart from the services to the company, he also acted as an expert in advising the Prime Minister of India and his government for laying the foundation for the country’s Information technology expansion. By dint of his hard work and ‘never say die attitude’, Rekhi’s career scaled great heights and over the years, he established as the ‘Guru’ of Silicon Valley.

Key attributes:

1. Kanwal has contributed in increasing the profile of educational institutions in India.

2. Kanwal was the first Indo-American Founder & CEO to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ, co-founded and built TiE into the largest global network of Indian entrepreneurs, and co-founded Inventus where he applies his full energy and time building Inventus into a leading early stage venture franchise.

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