Ashish Agrawal

  • Venture
“Optimism is a wonderful medicine. In small doses, it brings cheer. In large doses, it can bend the future.”

My parents are both doctors, so are both my sisters. I am in constant fear of being the black sheep of the family.

Growing up, I was fascinated by stars. The Summer Triangle, Orion and Ursa Major are my go-to formations in the night sky. Looking at stars helps fuel my imagination while also grounding me with a reminder of our relative scale in the universe. At 15, I had the opportunity to represent India at the International Astronomy Olympiad, and was thrilled to bring home a gold medal for the country. Over time, I found astronomy too distant from actual applications and moved towards computer science in university, at IIT Kanpur.

I had my first brush with entrepreneurship as a founder, starting a company in my last year of university. We tried a few things, including VAS applications built in partnership with telecom operators and an Uber for autorickshaws in Kanpur and Delhi. The startup eventually closed, but I walked away with an appreciation of how hard building a company is and with deep respect for anyone starting one. I am humbled, every day, by the entrepreneurs I meet and work with.

The entrepreneurs we partner with have unique perspectives on the industries they operate in. I frequently ask – ‘What secret do you know?’ Very often, the answers are eye opening.

At Sequoia India, we don’t have a set archetype for a successful founder. I’ve been privileged to support the founders of Groww, Pristyn Care, Leap, Progcap, and I do see some commonalities – passion to solve a specific problem, customer obsession and boundless energy – as well as the ability to inspire and take people along in their journey.

One of the most attractive qualities in a founder is long term orientation. The best entrepreneurs are charting multi decadal journeys to transform their industries. We are thrilled to get a chance to partner with them.

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Current Companies

  • Clarisights streamlines reporting for sophisticated performance marketing teams.
    Partnered In

    2021

  • CleverTap empowers digital brands to increase customer retention and lifetime value with the help of data, personalisation, deep tech, and automation.
    Partnered In

    2015

  • Eduvanz provides low-cost, smart loans to finance skill-based educational training.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Gojek is the fastest courier, transport, food delivery, and shopping services provider in Indonesia.
    Partnered In

    2015

  • GoKwik is an e-commerce enablement company on a mission to democratize shopping experience and increase GMV realization for D2C and e-commerce businesses.
    Partnered In

    2021

  • Groww leverages technology and expert financial knowledge to make investing extremely simple and rewarding.
    Partnered In

    2019

  • Leap Finance offers modern financial products and services that help Indian students pursue a global career.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • OlaCabs, popularly known as Ola, is a mobile app for personal transportation in India.
    Partnered In

    2014

  • OYO Rooms is India's largest branded chain of hotels offering standardised stay experiences at affordable prices.
    Partnered In

    2014

  • PagarBook aims to build a Human Capital Platform for Indian SMEs.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • PayGlocal is a fintech startup solving for global payments acceptance.
    Partnered In

    2021

  • Porter is an online logistics marketplace that enables intra-city pickups and deliveries.
    Partnered In

    2015

  • Pristyn Care is a healthcare startup focused on the daycare procedure and patient care industry in India.
    Partnered In

    2019

  • Progcap is a financing technology firm that provides fast and flexible collateral-free working capital to retailers in smaller towns and cities.
    Partnered In

    2019

  • Rebel Foods is the world's largest internet restaurant company.
    Partnered In

    2011

  • Smiles.ai is a rapidly growing dental health-tech chain with an impeccable digital presence.
    Partnered In

  • Stanza Living is a tech-enabled, community living company offering dedicated solutions for students and working professionals across 10+ cities in India.
    Partnered In

    2018

  • Toplyne helps sales teams at product-led companies convert their freemium users within minutes through a no-code platform.
    Partnered In

    2022

  • Wobot provides AI-powered video analytics for process compliance and customer insights.
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Zomato aims to help consumers discover great places to eat across the globe.
    Partnered In

    2013