Kavya
Senior Associate- PR & Communications
Kavya has worked with various tech startups, VC funds, and enterprise brands to craft their brand stories and build a strong presence in the media. She is passionate about technology and the start-up ecosystem. She has a profound love for stories in any form; books, comics, paintings, and podcasts amongst others. Being a tea aficionado, she is always on the lookout for a new flavour of tea. If she is not engaged in conversations or petting animals, she can be found immersed in painting or watching Anime.
Philosophy

I believe that life is a paradox that is most often beautifully juxtaposed

Favorite Books

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Much Ado about Jessie Kaplan

My Inspiration

Philomena Cunk

Favorite Quote

The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts -Aristotle

Kavya
Yash
Senior Associate- Admissions
I'm a jack-of-all-trades with a multidisciplinary background. I've dabbled in product testing, project management, and customer success roles. Basically, I've got my fingers in all the entrepreneurial pies! You'll find me indulging in some epic hobbies. I'm a non-fiction enthusiast, always buried in a book. And random podcasts? Count me in! Oh, and did I mention my love for Coca-Cola? It's my fuel to live. When I'm not geeking out over business stuff, I've got another secret passion: building fantasy sports teams. That's right, I'm the go-to person for all your fantasy league needs
Philosophy

Find joy in the journey, and make a positive impact on others

Favorite Books

Zero to One

My Inspiration

M.S Dhoni

Favorite Quote

Your life is as beautiful as your courage

Yash
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
Divya
Head- Marketing
Divya runs marketing and brand at Upekkha. A story teller at heart, she has worked with brands across sectors, ranging from real estate to healthcare.
Philosophy

Try everything once

Favorite Books

Momo by Michael Ende

My Inspiration

Matilda Wormwood

Favorite Quote

"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

Divya
Anila
Chief of Staff
Believer of stability over fast growth, love stories of creation of business (and life in general!) and learning everyday is the way to build one's professional life. Unearthing stories that make people powerless is my strength, through conversations.
Philosophy

Coram Deo

Favorite Books

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

My Inspiration

Women who lead with love and facts!

Favorite Quote

“Courage, dear heart.” - By C. S. Lewis

Anila
Bhuvana
Associate- Customer Success
Bhuvana works closely with founders in adopting the Signals tool and provides the data insights of Startups to our leader’s team. Responsible for Customer Success of technology adoption within Upekkha.
Philosophy

Be disciplined about what you respond and react to. Not everyone or everything deserves your time, energy and attention

Favorite Books

So many are there esp novels of Kalki, Sujatha, Balakumaran

My Inspiration

All great humans who spend their life for the people and society welfare - One such person was Dr Shantha, Director Cancer Institute Adyar

Favorite Quote

“Do all your duties, but keep your mind on God” – Shri Ramakrishna

Bhuvana
Jaya
Associate- Content Marketing
As a passionate wordsmith, I have joined the Upekkha team as an associate content writer.
Philosophy

You don’t always win your battles, but it’s good to know you fought.

Favorite Books

Second hand time, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Beloved, Pachinko, and I know why the caged bird sings

My Inspiration

Life's kaleidoscope of possibilities

Favorite Quote

Maya Angelou - "I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love...for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists."

Jaya
Arjun M
Software Development Engineer-I
I am a dedicated and enthusiastic individual with a passion for creating visually appealing and user-friendly interfaces. I have recently embarked on my professional journey, eager to apply the skills and knowledge I gained through my education and coursework. I am proficient in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, no-code UI development tools (webflow) and I stay updated with the latest trends and best practices in UI development and automating the process.
Philosophy

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Favorite Books

The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi

My Inspiration

Cristiano Ronaldo

Favorite Quote

"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity" - Albert Einstein

Arjun M
Sanya
Software Development Engineer-I
Sanya is an MCA graduate currently employed as an SDE at Upekkha. She possess expertise in designing scalable custom solutions for their team. Known for her proactive approach and quick learning abilities. Her dedication to work is evident and she embrace challenges with enthusiasm in both her personal and professional life.
Philosophy

He who is firm in will moulds the world to himself.

Favorite Books

The Secret,The Alchemist

My Inspiration

My Mother

Favorite Quote

Loving others always costs us something and requires effort. And you have to decide to do it on purpose. You can't wait for a feeling to motivate you. Joyce Meyer

Sanya
Kalpana
Associate- Office Administration
Hello there! I'm Kalpana, hailing from the vibrant city of Pune, known for its rich educational landscape. I am a simple yet adventurous person who thrives on observing and learning from the world around me. With a professional career spanning 16 years, I have gathered a wealth of experience in various fields such as marketing, educational sales, administration, and operations. Currently, I hold the position of Office Manager at Uppekha Venture Catalyst Pvt Ltd, While I am adept at what I do, I also appreciate a balanced work-life dynamic. I find solace in observing my surroundings and delving into the depths of knowledge. This inclination toward observation has allowed me to develop a keen eye for detail and a strong analytical mindset. In my spare time, you'll likely find me exploring nature's wonders, or indulging in artistic pursuits. I firmly believe in continuous personal growth and seek to expand my horizons through new experiences and interactions.
Philosophy

"Be Quiet, Observe, and then Act" - A Philosophy of Mindful Action

Favorite Books

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My Inspiration

My MOM

Favorite Quote

"The journey of life is about constantly evolving and leaving behind the versions of ourselves that no longer serve our growth."

Kalpana
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
Gayathri
Head- LP Relations & Fund Ops.
Gayathri heads UP Funds - Upekkha's early stage fund. She has worked with hundreds of startups through her stints as ED of TiE Bangalore, Ecosystem Head at Microsoft Ventures and Director- Venture Fastrack at Wadhwani Foundation
Philosophy

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The entire world is a family)

Favorite Books

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Shogun by James Clavell, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

My Inspiration

Nature

Favorite Quote

Good things take time

Gayathri
Neha
Associate- Investor Relations
A mother of two, I am a free-spirited, a free-minded and a friendly person who loves to travel, cook and read. I am a strong advocator and believer of minimalism and go by the principle of, 'need over want'.
Philosophy

Less is more when it comes to owning things

Favorite Books

Becoming, Old man and the Sea, The Diary of Young Girl

My Inspiration

Ratan Tata

Favorite Quote

Live the life you've dreamed.

Neha
Priya
Associate- Founder Success
I am a creative, positive thinker, and enthusiastic individual who loves to live life to the fullest.
Philosophy

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Favorite Books

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen R. Covey, Corporate Chanakya - Radhakrishnan Pillai, Never Eat Alone -Keith Ferrazzi

My Inspiration

My Father

Favorite Quote

‘When ideas or opportunities come to you, take it very seriously.’ : Radhakrishnan Pillai

Priya
Minakhee
Senior Associate- Content Marketing
Minakhee drives content around value SaaS and enhances founders’ brand reach & visibility. Previously she has worked as an Editor with USA & Middle East-based organizations in the B2B as well as B2C space.
Philosophy

Live & let live

Favorite Books

The Palace of Illusions, Many Lives Many Masters, Interpreter of Maladies, Time to Kill, Kite Runner, Shantaram, Shiva Trilogy, Alchemist

My Inspiration

The idea that when everyone strives to be a better version of their former self, the world becomes a better place.

Favorite Quote

“Whatever the mind of human can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill

Minakhee
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
Shusupti (Megha)
Associate- Community, Events & Deals
Post Graduate from IEM specializing in Financial Management, previously worked with Axis bank and ICRA Analytics Ltd.
Philosophy

Life tip, Stop expecting.

Favorite Books

Master of the Game and Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon, Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella,Life's amazing secrets by Gaur Gopal Das

My Inspiration

Accept no one's definition of your life, define yourself

Favorite Quote

When pain,misery or anger happens,it is time to look within you , not around you - Sadhguru

Shusupti (Megha)
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
Jithin S
Analyst- Admissions Coordinator
A literature graduate, majored in HR who likes to see life as adventure.
Philosophy

Excellence is a habit, not an act. Repeat it.

Favorite Books

White Tiger, Glass Palace, Kite Runner

My Inspiration

Terrence McKenna

Favorite Quote

"Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things. And no good thing ever dies" - Shawshank Redemption

Jithin S
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
Yoosuf
Manager- Marketing
Yoosuf is the Marketing Manager at Upekkha. He is an engineer turned marketer and a storyteller.
Philosophy

Never look down at anyone. Else, do not expect to be looked up.

Favorite Books

The Language of God by Dr. Francis Collins, Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond

My Inspiration

Charlie Chaplin

Favorite Quote

Not all that can be counted counts. Not all that counts can be counted. - William Bruce Cameron

Yoosuf
Varsha
Associate- Program Success
Varsha works closely with Upekkha Basecamp founders to enhance their outcomes by running the cadence sessions & owning the mechanics of the Basecamp Program.
Philosophy

Stay strong, stand up and have a voice.

Favorite Books

The Alchemist

My Inspiration

I get inspired by the people around me who do an innovative piece of work.

Favorite Quote

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination - Tommy Lasorda

Varsha
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
Rohith
Head- Investments & Tech
Ro is the Data Custodian of all streams within Upekkha & across all portfolio startups. His team sifts through raw data signals through automation and careful naked eye inspection to provide business progress feedback to everyone. Cofounded Wow Labz, an outsourced product development company that was recognized as one of the top 10 mobile app development companies in India.
Philosophy

What goes around comes around!

Favorite Books

The 7 habits of Highly Effective People. Running Lean. Ghachar Ghochar.

My Inspiration

A child’s ability to run, fall, cry, get up, dust off, laugh and run again. Almost instantly.

Favorite Quote

All constraints are internal

Rohith
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

The A-team at Upekkha

At Upekkha, our team is committed to supporting founders in scaling their startups globally. With a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the ever-evolving SaaS landscape, we provide tailored guidance and resources to help you navigate the complexities of global expansion. Our team's expertise and unwavering support will empower you to reach new heights on your journey to global success. Partner with us and let our passion for founder success drive your SaaS startup to conquer international markets with confidence and efficiency.

Our Team

Prasanna
Managing Partner
Prasanna
Shekar
Managing Partner
Shekar
Thiyagarajan M (Rajan)
Managing Partner
Thiyagarajan M (Rajan)
Gokul
Partner
Gokul
Tanuka
Head- Program & Community
Tanuka
Rohith
Head- Investments & Tech
Rohith
Fahad
Head- Investor Relations & Seed Funding
Fahad
Gayathri
Head- LP Relations & Fund Ops.
Gayathri
Divya
Head- Marketing
Divya
Anila
Chief of Staff
Anila
Ananya
Manager, Program & Community
Ananya
Varsha
Associate- Program Success
Varsha
Yoosuf
Manager- Marketing
Yoosuf
Abhay
Software Development Engineer- II
Abhay
Jithin S
Analyst- Admissions Coordinator
Jithin S
Shilpa
Senior Associate- HR Business Partner
Shilpa
Bhavya
Senior Associate- Investments
Bhavya
Somhita
Senior Associate- Finance
Somhita
Priya
Associate- Founder Success
Priya
Shusupti (Megha)
Associate- Community, Events & Deals
Shusupti (Megha)
Minakhee
Senior Associate- Content Marketing
Minakhee
Nisha
Associate- Accelerator Operations
Nisha
Yash
Senior Associate- Admissions
Yash
Neha
Associate- Investor Relations
Neha
Bhuvana
Associate- Customer Success
Bhuvana
Kalpana
Associate- Office Administration
Kalpana
Sanya
Software Development Engineer-I
Sanya
Sameera
Executive Assistant
Sameera
Arjun M
Software Development Engineer-I
Arjun M
Jaya
Associate- Content Marketing
Jaya
Kavya
Senior Associate- PR & Communications
Kavya