Imagine being an expert in the venture capital ecosystem of an entire country – that’s what Ash Lilani is, in a nutshell. Ash is the managing partner and co-founder of Saama Capital, a leading India-focused early stage venture fund with over 40 investments over three funds since 2006. Ash, who has been working with technology and venture capital globally for 25 years, was an early pioneer of the Indian venture capital ecosystem and has been investing in India since 2003. At Saama Capital, he has led investments in companies such as Mezi, Snapdeal, PayTM, Lending Kart, Chaipoint, EazyDiner, Sula Wines, Veeba Foods, Raw Pressery, Genesis Colors, SKS MicroFinance, Prizm Payments, Applabs, Shaadi.com, Vistaar Finance, Shubham Housing, Modern Family Doctor, Games2 Win and many others.
Prior to Saama, Lilani served as the president of SVB Global, which he founded and headed, setting the strategy and overseeing the development and operation of international subsidiaries worldwide. Prior to taking on SVB’s globalization efforts, he served as senior vice president and division manager of SVB’s largest market and was based in Silicon Valley, managing commercial banking activity and working with leading venture capital and technology companies in the area.
Ash continues to be an advisor to Silicon Valley Bank. He is also an independent board member of Innoven Capital, an advisor and mentor to several entrepreneurs and young companies in Silicon Valley and India, a board member at the American Indian Foundation, a former board member of the U.S.-India Business Council, a charter member of TiE, and the founder of the U.S.-India Venture Capital Association. Ash Lilani holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Bangalore University and has a MBA degree from Philadelphia University.
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