Sameera
Executive Assistant
An Amiable individual ,loves to learn and explore new things. Happy Soul with a positive and simple attitude
Philosophy

There are no failures — just results to learn from

Favorite Books

The alchemist, The comfort Zone

My Inspiration

Elon Musk - “Take risks now. Do something bold. You won’t regret it.”

Favorite Quote

""In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -Robert Frost"

Sameera
Nisha
Associate- Accelerator Operations
I am an ambitious individual who approaches every task and situation with maturity and a strong sense of responsibility. With a collaborative mindset, I effectively work with teams to achieve objectives within designated timeframes, always striving for excellence. Valuing human relationships, I demonstrate empathy and understanding towards others. Additionally, I have a deep affection for animals.
Philosophy

My philosophy in life is to treat people as you would like them to treat you, help others as much as possible.

Favorite Books

The Alchemist

My Inspiration

My role model is my father. He is the person who taught me to respect everyone, regardless of their background or position in life. My father is a very empathetic, open-minded and supportive person.

Favorite Quote

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." — Winston S. Churchill

Nisha
Somhita
Senior Associate- Finance
MBA in finance & marketing with 8+ years of work experience. Worked in the past with Igate, Capgemini and PwC as a Finance associate. At Upekkha, she assists the team with the successful Angel and Series Seed funding.
Philosophy

Live every moment with love, grace and gratitude

Favorite Books

The Gospel of Shri Ramakrishna

My Inspiration

My parents

Favorite Quote

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up. - Nelson Mandela

Somhita
Bhavya
Senior Associate- Investments
I work with startup founders and help them prepare to get funded
Philosophy

Hakuna Matata, Where there is a will, there is a way.

Favorite Books

Paths of Glory, The Alchemist, Harry Potter Series

My Inspiration

J. K. Rowling, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul kalam

Favorite Quote

I think, therefore I am.

Bhavya
Shilpa
Senior Associate- HR Business Partner
I am an MBA in Human Resources Management from AIMA,who has worked in the capacity of HR in big brands as well as startups.In my free time I read, write poetry, and human psychology is my area of interest.I aspire to understand people better by empathy and compassion.
Philosophy

Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.

Favorite Books

Not without my daughter, Mafia queens of Mumbai, Eat Pray Love

My Inspiration

Anyone who's trying hard to bring a positive change in the society.

Favorite Quote

What you seek is seeking you ~ Rumi

Shilpa
Thiyagarajan M (Rajan)
Managing Partner
Rajan is a Managing Partner at Upekkha. He was the Product Leader at Intuit and board member at Startup Bridge India foundation. He is on a quest to make learning ELI11 (Explain Like I’m 11).
Philosophy

Everyone is playing a different game, don’t copy or criticize without knowing what it is. Find and play your own game.

Favorite Books

SUCCESS Equation (Michael Maboussain), Narrative & Numbers (Aswath Damodaran), Man’s search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl).

My Inspiration

Bill Campbell

Favorite Quote

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor Frankl

Thiyagarajan M (Rajan)
Prasanna
Managing Partner
Prasanna is the SaaS Flywheel doctor & BS detector, finding early symptoms of SaaS issues & helping founders find root causes without chasing vanity BS metrics. He was the CTO at the accelerator of Microsoft Ventures, helping 120+ startups with product & growth.
Philosophy

‘Spannungsbogen’ - "The self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing." Planning for a 10 year goal works best for me.

Favorite Books

Dune, HPMOR, The Goal

My Inspiration

Founders inspire me. They imagine a future that is yet to be, and impatiently will it into existence moving the rest of the world forward by brute force.

Favorite Quote

“Show me the money” from the movie Jerry Maguire.

Prasanna
Abhay
Software Development Engineer- II
Abhay is a tech enthusiast curious about robots and blockchain. He was an intern at MakerGram (2019 - 2020).
Philosophy

Think before you speak, words are sharp.

Favorite Books

Randamoozham' by M. T. Vasudevan Nair

My Inspiration

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Favorite Quote

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand - Confucius

Abhay
Ananya
Manager, Program & Community
Ananya plays a key role in Upekkha’s tribe experience helping SaaS founders build valuable partnerships. Graduated from Babsons college specializing in Entrepreneurship & Marketing, she managed investor relations at LetsVenture.
Philosophy

Change is the only constant

Favorite Books

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli

My Inspiration

Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Quote

It is better to travel well than to arrive

Ananya
Fahad
Head- Investor Relations & Seed Funding
Fahad is the program leader for the Basecamp acceleration program. Ex-Uber, and Ex-Infosys, he is an Engineer-turned operation management pro.
Philosophy

Attain financial freedom, do what you love, make minor improvements periodically & treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Favorite Books

Thinking fast and slow, Saving capitalism from capitalists, Sapiens, Randamoozham

My Inspiration

Abraham Lincoln, Bertrand Russel, Bill Gates, Raghuram Rajan

Favorite Quote

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” - Bertrand Russell

Fahad
Gokul
Partner
Gokul is a Partner at Upekkha and leads the portfolio team; he brings together the Upekkha founders to learn, engage & partner with the best. Previously he was the Director - Special Projects, Zone Startup India Accelerator, PNgrowth - iSPIRT, Director Strategic Partnerships at StartupVillage.
Philosophy

Make peace with past, live in the present and look forward to a new day

Favorite Books

Abundance, The Year Without Pants, My life in Red and White :Arsene Wenger, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant

My Inspiration

The idea of a socially democratic world.

Favorite Quote

“None of us is as smart as all of us” - Ken Blanchard

Gokul
Tanuka
Head- Program & Community
Tanuka spearheads the content and program design for Upekkha startups. She was the Director of Software Development at Cisco, and Founder of Staff You Trust.
Philosophy

Kaizen, continuous improvement in a methodical way

Favorite Books

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Open by Andre Agassi, Cosmos by Carl Sagan, Factfulness by Hans Rosling, The King's General by Daphne du Maurier, Daughters of the Sun by Ira Mukhoty

My Inspiration

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Favorite Quote

Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees - Terry Pratchett

Tanuka
Shekar
Managing Partner
Shekar is a Upekkha monk guiding startups on their financial discipline, Compliance & Cash Flow woes. He has played the startup and large company game and has helped teams scale in the global arena. Milestones include his journey from the inception of Xylan to its IPO in the USA and its acquisition by Alcatel for $3 Billion, Co-founded Allegro Networks in the valley and sold India Operations to Juniper Networks, started and grew NetApp India Operations to 300+ people, and NetApp OEM business in the Asia Pacific from $0 to $30M. He has picked startup winners (Control4 that went on to IPO) in his stint as an EIR with Thomas Weisel Venture Partners.
Philosophy

Relationships are our most valuable asset be it family, friends, colleagues or customers. Helping without expectations and having a sense of gratitude, helps build positive relationships, and acts as a catalyst for our success & happiness.

Favorite Books

Think and Grow Rich, Code of the Extraordinary Mind, Sapiens, The Innovator's Dilemma, Crossing the Chasm, Zero to One, Good to Great

My Inspiration

Human potential, Grandeur of nature

Favorite Quote

“Change your thoughts and you change your world” - Norman Peale

Shekar

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