Sequoia

Aakash Kapoor

  • SEA
“People who make a dent start with a belief that they can. They go long - on others and above all - on themselves. And they care, deeply.”

I did not plan to be in venture capital. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Dinner table conversations at home were mostly about my father’s small automobile parts business. My parents let me join those discussions so long as I was doing well at school. No question was out of bounds and nothing felt impossible. This nourished and nurtured my curiosity.

Growing up in a small town, just outside of the sprawling city of Delhi, there was a stillness yet a restlessness in me. The sense of community and values was juxtaposed with big city dreams and aspirations. The former taught me the value of relationships and the latter pushed me to aim high.

In my school years, I was saving up and investing in the stock market. In the last year of college, I raised seed capital for my startup. With a team of 40, we built a product used by tens of thousands. We made a ton of mistakes along the way. My biggest lesson – purpose and alignment trump the will to succeed. After two years of building, I decided to take a short detour, which turned into a three year stint in investment banking in Hong Kong and Singapore. Through a series of serendipitous events, I landed up at Sequoia Southeast Asia.

Sequoia is an exceptional place. I wake up every day with incredible energy and don’t feel like I am doing a ‘job’. I always tell people, ‘I am a founder. I’m just in the business of investing.’

It’s the ultimate privilege.

I get incredible joy in pursuing audacious goals with authentic people.

The best founders and leaders are bold. They are ambitious. They chase big ideas – big markets, big missions. If you are not a bit nervous by the scale of your ambition, you are not doing yourself justice.

The best founders are authentic. They tell it as it is. They care – for their teams, for their customers, for their products. They reflect and think deeply about the problem they are solving. Authenticity also leads to self-awareness. While they dream big, they acknowledge their limitations and actively try to fill the gaps. They are humble. They change their minds. They learn.

There may seem to be a bit of yin and yang between the ambitious and the authentic. It sounds contradictory. But nothing and no one great ever started as ‘perfect’. Startup journeys are about embracing the imperfections.

If you resonate with the above, I would love to talk. If you are chasing big markets in payments, fintech, consumer, SaaS or Web3, I would love to talk.

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Current Companies

  • Aspire is the all-in-one finance operating system for growing businesses, helping companies pay, manage, and earn smarter.
    Partnered In

    2021

  • Astro is Indonesia's first and fastest-growing on-demand platform for groceries and essentials.
    Partnered In

    2022

  • BUD is a user-generated metaverse platform designed to unleash the creativity of Gen Alpha and Gen Z with easy-to-use no-code tools.
    Partnered In

    2022

  • eFishery is the first Aquaculture Technology startup in Asia that develops innovations in the aquaculture field.
    Partnered In

    2022

  • Flip is a fintech-based payment platform in Indonesia that has served more than 7 million users and hundreds of companies and SMEs.
    Partnered In

    2019

  • GudangAda is a B2B e-commerce application that connects wholesalers and retailers throughout Indonesia.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Lummo aims at empowering SEA entrepreneurs to grow their business by providing them with the best technology and partner solutions.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Qoala is an InsureTech company leveraging big data, machine learning, IoT, and blockchain to revolutionise Indonesia's insurance landscape.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Telio is using technology and data to build Vietnam’s largest B2B commerce platform.
    Partnered In

    2019

  • WATI helps companies have personalized conversations with customers at scale with an easy-to-use customer engagement software that’s built on WhatsApp Business API.
    Partnered In

    2021

  • Zenyum is a consumer-focused healthcare brand with a mission to help its customers smile more.
    Partnered In

    2019