About

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My latest experiment is a video and audio podcast about startups, economics, markets and venture capital in the US and India. I’m calling it InvestStream. Don’t forget to hit Subscribe!

I recently launched an AngelList syndicate to invest in Blockchain, data/analytics and fintech companies in India. Currently, only backers in India are eligible. I have also launched an AngelList syndicate for US-based startups too.

I run an advisory practice for startups and funds called Founder Craft, with my friend and serial entrepreneur, Gregarious Narain, while using my spare time to learn about blockchain and decentralized projects. I will be doing a casual Founder Craft meetup in NYC with founders, GPs, angels, etc. over the coming months.

I started a new blockchain and crypto community called BlockHack in 2017. If you’re interested in helping to expand this community online as well as New York and India, please get in touch.

Prior to this, I was a Partner at 500 Startups for a little more than 4 years. At 500, I was fortunate to meet some amazing founders in India, Bangladesh, Jordan, Scandinavia, NYC and Silicon Valley. You can find more information about the companies I’ve been invested in on AngelList.

I started my career in the financial industry. From 1992 till 2006 I worked at New York financial firms like JPMorgan, Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) and GlobeOp Financial Services. In 2007, I moved to New Delhi to start a business called Teknatus Solutions. At Teknatus we built Semblr and Mojowiz. Semblr was a marketplace to procure and provide domestic services. Mojowiz was a quick and easy way to curate content on the web and share it on Twitter and Facebook – much like Buffer.

I love tech toys, reading Sci-fi, writing about random things as you can see, watching shoot ’em up-blow ’em up and sci-fi movies and I’ve started developing an interest in video creation.

I was investing in and mentoring Indian startups at TLabs, a Times Group initiative from January 2012 – September 2012.

I founded Startup Weekend in India with a fabulous group of volunteer organizers across the country in 2011 thru 2013.

I am a co-founder of the HeadStart Network Foundation based in Bangalore, India and was the city lead for Startup Saturday Delhi from 2008 until May 2010.

You can find me on Twitter and you can find some of my pictures and IGTV videos on Instagram.

Check out some of my personal startup and tech related videos on YouTube. You can also check out videos from Blockhack events.

If you must use email then try (me) at [pjain] dot (me).