Kumar is part of the leadership team at Kalaari Capital. He enjoys investing in and working with technology focused entrepreneurs looking to build successful companies out of India. Teaming with dynamic entrepreneurs working on interesting technologies and business models to address various market needs, he feels is thrilling. Some of the current and past companies he has been associated with as an investor include Attero, Basiz, Germin8, Hands Free Network, Robosoft, Visionary RCM, Vyome, Deccanet, Tejas Neworks NIIT, Sharekhan and Sasken.
Prior to joining Kalaari, Kumar was the head of Intel Capital India. As the Country Director, he drove Intel’s India investments and successfully executed and managed its investments and exits. Prior to Intel, Kumar was co-founder and COO of Lytek Corporation in Arizona. Earlier, he worked at Motorola in various areas ranging from technology development to corporate strategy and investments. After completing his electronics and communications engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology (formerly KREC), Karnataka, he served at Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) in Bangalore from 1984-85. He received his PhD and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. He has published over 60 papers in international journals and conferences and has issued 23 US patents. He is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Charter Member of TiE Bangalore.