A Rare Feat

Vani Kola has made a mark in the male-dominated world of venture capital with several successful exits.

By Sonal Khetarpal  
Monday, September 3, 2018

Vani Kola is among the few Indian women who have been able to reach the top in the male-dominated venture capital, or VC, industry. In the US, for instance, only 6 per cent women are VCs. The numbers in India are minuscule.

Different VCs have different strategies for selecting start-ups to invest, but for Kola, the answer lies in the founders. "We very much believe in the founders' first philosophy. We spend a lot of time getting to know them and if we like a company we stay invested with them for a very long time. That has helped us succeed," says Kola.

Anant Goel, CEO of Milkbasket, where Kalaari led a Series A funding round of $7 million, agrees. He says her clarity of thought and ability to take a stand for what is right is what makes her stand out as an investor. Some of her successful exits have been Myntra when it was acquired by Flipkart for $330 million, Urban Ladder, BlueStone and Zivame, among others. 

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