Ratan Naval Tata, former chairman of Tata Sons, has developed a taste for the fast-growing tech sector. In his new avatar as an individual investor, Tata is building a personal portfolio of new-age businesses across sectors ranging from consumer internet, particularly in e-commerce, to social/impact, eHealth, and clean-tech sectors.
He debuted with an investment in Swasth India Services in January 2014, and since then has invested in more than a dozen ventures such as e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal, online jewellery retailer Bluestone, mobile commerce firm Paytm, furniture etailer Urban Ladder, fashion e-commerce firm Kaaryah and food tech firm Holachef.
Tata has made 16 personal investments so far in these sectors, according to VCCEdge, the data research platform VCCircle. We also looked at other top individual investors who have been prolific in backing tech startups. They include Rajan Anandan, Sunil Kalra, Anupam Mittal, and Rajesh Sawhney.