Nishant RaoFounding Partner at Avataar Ventures
Nishant Rao is the Founding Partner of Avataar Ventures - a global growth stage SaaS / B2B Tech fund.
Avataar Fund I ($350M AUM) has pioneered an Operational VC Fund model focusing on helping Indian/SE Asian SaaS startups to scale globally. Avataar offers deep expertise and operational support to portfolio companies on Product Strategy, Global Expansion, Leadership Hiring, M&A Strategy and IPO. Avataar's portfolio companies have raised follow-on capital from Advent International, TPG, Tiger Global, Softbank, Prosus among others.
Prior to founding Avataar, Nishant scaled Freshworks - India's top SaaS startup from $20M to $130M ARR [recently listed on NASDAQ at >$10B market cap]. Nishant has been the Global Head of Strategy for Linkedin, and Managing Director of Linkedin India & SE Asia.
Nishant Rao holds a MBA from MIT, and a Computer Science degree from University of Texas, Austin.