Sameer works for Nexus Venture Partners, India&rsquos leading venture capital firm. He leads their Bangalore office & some of his investments include Runnr, Postman, Indix & CloudByte. His angel investments include - Bira91 & Licious. He is also the Founder & Managing Partner of Breakthrough Capital, LLP which is his long / short equity fund for investing in the Indian public markets. Sameer is deeply passionate about partnering with exceptional entrepreneurs building category-creating companies.
Prior to Nexus, Sameer was the founding team member at Reliance Ventures & was instrumental in all aspects of organisation set-up, strategic focus as well as the execution of the firm&rsquos mandate to invest in cutting edge startups globally. While at Reliance Ventures, Sameer led investments for the firm in Greendust, PayTM, Tessolve Semiconductor, WellSpring Healthcare, Dhama Innovations, Stoke and EBand Communications. He was closely involved in advising FLAG Telecom (Reliance GlobalCom) in its acquisition of US-based Yipes Holdings for $300 million.
Prior to Reliance Ventures, Sameer worked with Ericsson as a Solutions Architect focusing on the business development of next generation multimedia solutions including IPTV, Mobile TV, SDP & video telephony to telcos. He also served as a member of Ericsson&rsquos six-member global "Content & Media" strategy team representing the emerging markets. Prior to Ericsson, Sameer worked with UTStarcom, Inc as a Product Manager - Next Generation Networks handling the South Asia market for solutions such as IPTV, Class 4/5 switching & FTTx solutions. Sameer is credited with doing South Asia&rsquos first triple play trial and help closing South Asia&rsquos 1st commercial IPTV contract with Airtel.
Prior to UTStarcom, Sameer worked with AWB, Inc, in Chicago as a Network Architect. Sameer graduated from Illinois Tech with a BS - Computer Engineering (International Scholar & Founders Scholar).