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Arjun Gupta- founder and managing partner of TeleSoft



  • Feb. 03, 2009: Arjun Gupta, The Midas List # 51

Arjun Gupta is one of the eight NRIs in Forbes' 2007 Midas list

Washingtom, Jan 30, 2007
Ashok Mehta

NRI Arjun Gupta have made it, 37th position to the Forbes' 2007 Midas list. He is one of the eight NRIs in Forbes' 2007 Midas list.

Arjun Gupta is the Founder & Managing Partner of TeleSoft Partners, a venture capital firm focused on high-tech startups. Over the last thirteen years he has overseen investing in and helping build ~60 private companies, resulting in ~30 mergers & acquisitions and IPOs to date with a combined current market equity valuation or cash equivalent of ~$17 billion

At TeleSoft, he manages capital commitments of $625+ million and has established Corporate Partnerships with Alltel and Bechtel in the US, Deutsche Telekom in Europe and Comverse in Israel. Arjun was ranked #19 by Forbes Magazine in the Top-100 technology venture investors on the 2006 Midas List. He serves on the Board of Directors of, Knowledge Adventure, LiteScape, LogLogic, Sierra Design Automation, Validity Sensors, VoiceObjects, Xambala and the Red Herring. Arjun also served on the board of Omnipoint (NASDAQ: OMPT) from 1995 until its acquisition by Voicestream for $4+ billion in 1998 (subsequently Voicestream was acquired by Deutsche Telekom for $50+ billion to form T-Mobile USA).

In 2001, Arjun started a family foundation to support projects in education, medical research and the arts. The foundation has supported over a dozen projects in the US and in India, and is in process to support its first project in Africa. Example projects supported to date include: America India Foundation, Center for International Security and Cooperation (at Stanford), Children's USA, CRY, Dana Farber Cancer Research Center, Educate the Children Foundation, India Business School, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Room to Read, Second Harvest Food Bank, Socrates Endowment, Wildize Foundation and various efforts in Aspen.

Arjun began his career as an operating systems software engineer at Tektronix, a $1.4 billion electronics and instruments manufacturer in Oregon. Subsequently, he held field applications engineering and international market development positions covering Europe & Japan for an internal strategic business unit at Tektronix called Computer Based Instruments.

After attending business school at Stanford, Arjun was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led top management projects for Apple Computer, AirTouch Communications, AMD and ROLM. Most recently prior to founding TeleSoft, Arjun was a Vice President at The Chatterjee Group, an investment advisor to George Soros and SFM with over $1 billion under management.

Arjun is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute, was twice recipient of the International Exchange Award, and migrated to the US from India as an exchange student.

He received an MBA from Stanford University, an MS and BS, Phi Beta Kappa, in Computer Science from Washington State University and a BA (honors) in Economics from St. Stephen's College (India). Arjun is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, skiing, and scuba. He has climbed with six Himalayan expeditions to peaks over 20,000 feet, and was awarded the Grindlay's Bank Mountain Scholarship. Arjun splits his time between San Francisco and Aspen.



Arjun Gupta is the Founder & Managing Partner of TeleSoft Partners