Venkat Tadanki is a successful corporate executive turned serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and advisor.
As an angel investor, mentor, and advisor Venkat has helped many companies grow from an idea and a seed to companies that found mention in media as fast-growing companies attracting investments from Tier1 VCs and private equity.
Capillary Technologies, Innovaccer, THB, Travel Triangle, Nektar, and Elucidata are a few of his investee companies.
Venkat is also a partner in VC firms such as Night Dragon in the US and Accel India funds in India (The funds invested in the likes of Onapsis and vArmour in the US and Flipkart, Zenoti, Myntra, Swiggy and Urban Company in India among others.)
In 2020, Venkat along with a few others founded the TiE-SoCal Angel fund with the objective of helping entrepreneurs with not just funding but also mentorship and strategy guidance. The fund has thus far invested in ten companies.
Earlier in his career, Venkat founded and exited three start-ups, ranging from private labeled FMCG products to IT enabled services (IBM Daksh) to SaaS products (Secova).
Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, Venkat managed Wills (then the largest brand in India by value ) at ITC, He later joined Pepsico and went on to become an Executive VP and a Management Committee member of their South Asia Business Unit.
Venkat has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, and a BA (Hons), Economics from St.Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He is also a Charter member of TiE-Southern California. Venkat is a regular guest speaker at various institutional forums and universities.