- Feb. 03, 2009: Arjun Gupta, The Midas List
Gupta is one of the eight NRIs in Forbes' 2007 Midas list
Washingtom, Jan 30, 2007
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 Education.com, 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.