Team

Karthik is arguably one of the best sounding boards in the early stages of a business on capital raising, user and customer behaviour and product-market fit. Humble and approachable, he’s passionate about entrepreneurs who refuse to give up despite the odds and those who chase ideas that create fundamental positive shifts. He’s the architect of the Blume business model and investment hypothesis framework which he constantly iterates with his team members. He is an alumni of IIT (Roorkee), IIM (Bangalore) and the Wharton School.

 

Fun-Fact: An amateur space buff, Karthik has an equally good grip of the art world, is married to a painter and loves all music from opera to rock, classical to hindi pop.

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Sanjay is well regarded as one of Blume’s key faces. Affable and congenial, he is constantly cultivating founders, investors, corporates, angels and vc peers. Blume’s Platform model and vibrant network leans heavily on his ability to think laterally, connect the dots, and reach across the global ecosystem-at-large. He believes the science of early-stage investment philosophies and processes, while vital, should always leave room for the art of a practised-gut. Sanjay is an alumni of BITS Pilani and UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Business.

 

Fun-Fact: Sanjay is passionate about Lego, football (he’s a big FC Barcelona fan) and is an avid fan of travel and photography.

Ashish’s experience spans 15 years across Banking and Finance in areas like Treasury (Rupee & Forex), Venture Capital (investment structuring), portfolio management and exits of small and mid sized companies. An early member of the team, his current role as CFO has him oversee structuring of investments, portfolio monitoring and fund raising. A Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary by qualification, he has also been a visiting faculty and speaker at industry associations and premier business schools.

Fun Fact:Ashish enjoys theatre and cricket apart from his new-found interest in heritage sites which takes him on exploratory tours to all corners of the country.

Ashish Fafadia

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Arpit has been actively engaged with startups for more than 10 years, first as a co-founder of Headstart Network and then full-time at TLabs before joining Blume. He started Academic Ventures back in 2010 to help science from Indian labs reach the market. Arpit is our Delhi face, responsible for taking care of the Blume ecosystem up north. He helped start the Talent Acquisition unit under Constellation and also works closely with the portfolio on media relations. He’s an alumnus of NIT Trichy and IIT Bombay’s SJMSOM.

 

Fun-fact: Arpit is a rookie Tabla player, intermittently at it for more than two years and is the only VC who gets to live on IIT Delhi campus.

Avantika is outgoing and dynamic, currently leading the effort on building Platform Blu. While a practising generalist, she’s a die-hard salesperson at heart. Cross-functional start-up exposure gives her valuable insight into the day to day travails of business-building in India. Her high energy levels and keen attention to detail are useful when collaborating with portfolio founders and members of the Blume ecosystem. She is an alum of St Xavier’s College Mumbai and IIM (Lucknow).

 

Fun-Fact: Avantika is a buff of Punjabi music, both folk and contemporary and her penchant for theatrics and comedy keeps her colleagues in good humor.

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Sajid was one of the early members of the Blume team. He spends his time meeting and scouting exciting teams that solve large disorganised problems, predominantly India centric. Consumer and B2B businesses are companies that he looks at. Prior to venture capital, he founded and sold a IT services firm that served some of the world’s leading telecom companies. Sajid has a business management degree from the European Business School and the Regents Business School, London and has done courses in venture capital and private equity at ISB.

 

Fun-Fact: Sajid is an avid reader, an aviation enthusiast who tries to spend his free time logging hours to obtain his private pilot license and enjoys playing with his Great Dane, Chili on weekends.

Namrata helps support Blumes Platform offerings and handles marketing initiatives for the firm while working closely with the investment team.

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Shrikant

Shrikant is an avid reader. His range extends a wide spectrum from comics to journals. From philosophy to physics. He uses this extensive range for creative problem-solving in developing analytical and novel these and for portfolio support.