He comes in here from Mumbai-based Clearstone Venture Advisors where he was associated as the founding director.
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 8, 2011
Venture capital firm Canaan Partners has appointed Rahul Khanna as managing director of Canaan India. Khanna will lead new investments in early-stage technology companies across consumer internet, mobile, software, and managed services industries in India. Canaan India’s current investments include BharatMatrimony, Cellcast, ChakPak Media, iYogi Holdings, MotorExchange and NaapTol among others.
Prior to joining Canaan India, Khanna was associated as the founding director of Mumbai-based Clearstone Venture Advisors, the India advisory practice of the global early-stage venture firm Clearstone Venture Partners. At Clearstone, Khanna evaluated over 500 investment opportunities and multiple investments for the firm, holding board seats at BillDesk and Games2Win.
“Rahul’s expertise includes identifying early-stage technology startups with the potential to become global leaders, as well as offering entrepreneurs hands-on guidance and access to his deep network of financing, business development, and operational partners. We look forward to leveraging his deep expertise in early-stage investing to continue to identify and help build the next global technology companies being created in India,” said Alok Mittal, managing director, Canaan India.
Commenting on his new role, Rahul Khanna said, “Canaan Partners is one of the only global venture capital firms that truly understands the unique startup economy in India and how to successfully connect Indian technology companies with partners and markets worldwide for global success. I look forward to helping identify, fund, and accelerate the international growth of the next generation of India-based technology leaders.”