Navendu Sharma

  • Venture
“Serendipity and hard work are two sides of the same coin.”

I spent my childhood in small towns across the hills of Himachal. Moving cities (and schools) wasn’t always easy, but taught me the importance of embracing the unknown and persisting with hard work. At times, I had to be homeschooled for months on end. But quality education has been a mainstay for my family. My mother resumed her college studies in her mid 30s and father completed law school in his 40s, attending evening classes after work. Pursuit of a good academic environment brought us to Delhi. I grew up with a passion for physics, puzzling and cricket.

I started an experiential learning company in college. I would skip coursework to focus on building the business. It left me with an insatiable hunger to be around technology builders. While my founder journey was cut short, I decided to do the next best thing – work with early-stage founders. While most of my peers started their careers at McKinsey or in banking, I chose a less conventional path. I took up an internship at a technology investing focused family office to be around relevant people. Perseverance from thereon landed me at Sequoia India, doing what I feel privileged to do – partnering with entrepreneurs.

All venture investors effectively seek the same thing – founders who are building enduring enterprises. Our investments often reveal interesting patterns of founder traits that excite us. Authenticity, adaptability, and personal experience are qualities that matter the most to me. I have been incredibly fortunate to partner with such founders across financial services, application software, and consumer internet.

What we do is as much about offering as it is about seeking. I bring deep founder empathy and a prepared mind across most themes of financial services. If you’re a technology founder or an operator, I would love to meet you.

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Current Companies

  • BharatPe is a FinTech company that empowers Indian merchants to accept UPI payments from their customers for free through the BharatPe QR.
    Partnered In

    2018

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

    2020

  • 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

  • GoMechanic is India's leading multi-brand car service company, committed to making the car servicing experience hassle-free & easy for everyone.
    Partnered In

    2019

  • Jupiter is a digital banking app that offers consumers smart insights based on their spending, as well as a range of new-age features to enable them to make sense of their finances.
    Partnered In

    2019

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

    2021

  • 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

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

    2020