GSF Team

The GSF team and a global network of 300+ mentors provide you access and expertise across a diverse set of industries, as you begin your startup journey.                              

Rajesh founded GSF in 2012, establishing it as India's leading seed-stage tech investor. Rajesh has made over 100 investments in tech startups in India, providing the first cheque to today's category defining businesses.       

Rajesh was the Founding President of Reliance Entertainment, prior to which he founded Times Internet (Indiatimes.com). Rajesh was also the Founder & CEO of Innerchef, a leading cloud kitchen platform in India. Rajesh serves on the board of Indiamart, Ixigo, Microland and Zest Money.

Rajesh is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (AMP) and has a fellowship from the London School of Economics.

Rajesh Sawhney Founder & General Partner

Niyaz is a Partner at GSF, bringing over a decade of experience as a Founder and investor.              

Prior to GSF, Niyaz was the Co-Founder & CEO of BetterButter, India's leading recipe sharing platform (exited to SilverEdge Technologies) and the Founder of Hammock, India's first co-living accomodation provider. Niyaz started his career as an LP with Hermes GPE based out of London and Singapore, before joining Lok Capital, India's leading impact investment VC.       

Niyaz has a degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Masters in Finance & Development from SOAS, University of London.   

Niyaz Laiq General Partner

Masa is an Investment Associate with GSF.    

Prior to GSF was an Assistant Manager with Infobridge India, a consulting firm bringing Japanese companies from a diverse set of industries into India. Masa was also the Operations in Charge of Gastrotope Accelerator, an India focused farm to fork accelerator which was formed as Joint venture between GSF, Japan based venture capital firm Mistletoe, and Infobridge India.             

Masa has a Bachelor's degree from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. 

Masa Yamamoto Investment Associate 

Rohan is an Investment Analyst with GSF.

Rohan has been with GSF since 2019, managing all aspects of the investment process in over 50 startups. Prior to GSF, Rohan worked as an intern at a bill-discounting FinTech startup in Berlin, Billnut and at an institutional equity research firm in India, HDFC Securities. He was also a Research Assistant in Data Science at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Rohan has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Rohan Desai Investment Analyst

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