India’s leading homegrown alumni based Venture Capital firm IvyCap Ventures has onboarded Tej Kapoor as its Managing Partner. At Ivy Cap Tej will be driving the next phase of growth and investing in various sectors including fintech, consumer tech,Web 3.0, gaming and more. He will be also involved in the strategic thinking and global expansion of Ivy Cap. Tej has over 15 years of experience in the VC industry. He invested in several businesses in e-commerce, logistics, content, media, internet and B2B information industries. His work experience spans in various geographies including the USA, India, China and UK.
Talking about his joining, Vikram Gupta, Founder and Managing Partner, IvyCap Ventures, said, “Tej brings with him deep experience of leading investments in B2B and B2C businesses. In his journey, he has worked with several companies and I have seen them enter life cycle from early stage investing to the IPO. His knowledge, global perspective and ability to help founders scale business will help in strengthening the IvyCap Ventures portfolio and thereby adding unprecedented value to the entire ecosystem.”
Previously, Tej was Global partner at Fosun and Head of Fosun RZ Capital India and South East Asia. He was managing several portfolio companies and looking to invest in exciting early and growth stage technology companies. Some of the Fosun RZ current portfolio in India and South East Asia includes Delhivery, Ixigo, Kissht, DOT Pay, Desty, Mylo, Letstransport, Headfone, Makemytrip and Trell. Tej successfully exited Delhivery (IPO), and helped in creating two Dragons- Ixigo and Kisssht for the brand. Before this, he was county Head for Daily Mail Group of London where Tej lead investments in B2C and B2B businesses including Propstack, Liases Foras and Skymet (agri risk and data co), also established Daily Mail India office. Prior to joining DMG, Tej was working for Naspers India as Strategy head. He was instrumental in expanding Naspers portfolio growth in India. He launched and managed e-commerce B2C businesses including Tradus.com, leading marketplace business, and acquired / invested in key businesses for Naspers including gaadi.com, auto classifieds, Buytheprice.com, e-commerce platform, and travelboutiqueonline.com, B2B2C travel company. Tej held several key positions at AOL in the US. He was Sr Manager for AOL e-commerce division. Tej was instrumental in expanding AOL’s international presence through driving distribution and content deals in the Asia Pacific region, including India and China. He developed market entry strategies, recommending acquisition, joint venture, merger, and partnership targets. In addition, he also led deal origination, due diligence, and valuation processes. He was instrumental in building a network of VC, PE and I-Banks.
Talking about his new role, Tej says, “I am super excited to join IvyCap Ventures My personal thesis aligns well with the long-term visit of Ivycap. I have seen IvyCap Ventures become one of the most inspiring VC firms in India which back companies that are creating value and not just valuation. I am super excited that I will get to work with a super sharp team at Ivycap. I have been fortunate to see the entire life cycle from early stage investing to the IPO of companies. Given my experience and track record, I wish to bring my knowledge, global perspective and ability to help IvyCap scale their business. IvyCap have a very strong portfolio and they have been able to produce ‘Dragon’ with highest returns from their portfolio. I hope to further strengthen IvyCap portfolio, help founders scale their businesses and add value to the entire ecosystem.” Having saif that, it’s still day 1 for me and the learning has just begun.”
Tej holds a Master’Degree in Business management from Johnson & Wales University and Bachelors degree in Business Management from Bangalore University. He also did executive education from Wharton Business School.