Abheek Anand

  • SEA
“Whoever said 'I’d rather be lucky than smart' didn't realize that the smartest people have an uncanny ability to manufacture luck.”

I’ve been a nerd for as long as I remember. I am happiest when I’m learning something new, or figuring out how something works. In college, I decided that the best way to learn was to skip classes and instead spend my time tinkering with the college computer networks as a part-time systems administrator. I definitely learned more outside the classroom than in it. I moved to the US right after college, and spent a decade in the Bay Area, first as an engineer, and then as a founder. Being a founder is an incredibly formative and humbling experience, and once bitten by that bug there was no going back.

After a quick pit stop at Facebook (which acquired our company), a chance conversation with folks at Sequoia Capital led to me joining the firm in 2013. I always thought that I wanted to be a founder again, and being an investor was never really on the cards. However, I realized quickly that Sequoia Capital was different and special. There was a palpable hunger inside the building, a desire to partner with the best of the best, and a mindset that focused on partnership, company building, and a long-term orientation that is essential in a world with constant ups and downs.

Authentic founders who are just getting started on a business that they want to build for the rest of their lives. I believe that the most iconic companies take time to build, there are no shortcuts to building something meaningful, and that founder market fit is critical, especially in the early years.

I love hearing the why behind the how, and the how behind the what. Why a founder started a business, how the idea came to them, and what drives their conviction and excitement while starting their business. The best founders are insanely curious because curiosity drives growth, and the best founders don’t have a choice but to grow immensely in their startup’s journey.

I spend most of my time with seed and Series A founders, not only because that is the best time to help bend the arc, but also because, selfishly, it helps scratch the founder’s itch within me.

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Current Companies

  • Akulaku is a Southeast Asian e-commerce platform that allows consumers to pay for products in instalments without a credit card.
    Partnered In

    2018

  • Appier builds AI-based cross-screen analytics and targeting platforms for businesses to reach and engage customers across multiple smart devices.
    Partnered In

    2014

  • Beam offers micro-mobility solutions to urban dwellers across APAC.
    Partnered In

    2018

  • BlinkIt is an on-demand delivery service that connects consumers with local merchants in the neighbourhood.
    Partnered In

    2014

  • Cuemath is a technology-led innovative after-school math program for K8 students offered through a network of home-based learning centres.
    Partnered In

    2016

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

    2020

  • Incomlend is a global invoice finance marketplace for SMEs to access working capital solutions supported by institutional investors.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • LingoAce is a Chinese language platform for ages 4-15 leveraging multimedia, gamification features, and AI-powered tools.
    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

  • Moladin is a leading omnichannel used car dealer in Indonesia that empowers agents and micro-dealers by using technology to simplify the transaction process and enable a better customer experience.
    Partnered In

    2022

  • Pintarnya is a technology startup based in Indonesia with a mission to unlock employment and financial opportunities for millions of blue-collar workers in Indonesia.
    Partnered In

  • StashAway is a digital wealth manager offering investment portfolios and wealth management solutions for retail and accredited investors.
    Partnered In

    2021

  • Ula is a marketplace app that uses technology to modernise distribution and credit in Indonesia's traditional retail ecosystem.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • 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