Leadership Team

Our leadership team has extensive experience as early-stage investors and as both startup entrepreneurs and scale-up executives building businesses in India, USA and globally. Also see our investing and operating team, fund advisorsventure advisors, investors, and strategic service providers.

Dave Richards, Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Dave Richards is an experienced entrepreneur, executive, and global early-stage investor. In 2012, he co-founded Unitus Seed Fund, now the leading venture seed fund investing in startups innovating for the masses in India. In 2015, Dave co-founded Capria Accelerator, the first global accelerator for impact fund managers. Unitus Seed Fund is an affiliate of Unitus Group, a premier financial services group operating in India and other emerging markets since 2000.

Dave has been an early investor in microfinance and other businesses serving low-income populations. Since 2005, he has been involved with the Unitus Group, helping to lead efforts to select and invest in entrepreneurs in many developing countries. Dave led the Unitus Labs incubator for 2 years including the successful research and spinout of two venture firms: Unitus Impact and Unitus Seed Fund. He also led Unitus Investment Management, the General Partner of Unitus Equity Fund, a pioneering microfinance venture fund, was a board member of Unitus Capital, a leading Bangalore-based investment bank, and was on the investment committee for Unitus Impact.

Previously, Dave developed and led multiple high-growth technology businesses at RealNetworks, Sybase and Symantec from startup to multiple hundred million dollar global enterprises. He is currently a partner with Social Venture Partners Seattle is the co-founder of the SVP Fast Pitch startup angel fund. Dave received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.

Lead partner on: AddressHealth, Milaap, Smile Merchants, UE LifeSciencesVillFarm, Welcare

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Aditya Sharma, Senior Partner

Aditya joined Unitus Seed Fund in 2016 to help lead the firm’s investing operations in India.

In his professional career spanning over 25+ years, Aditya has served in leadership responsibilities in prestigious global firms such as McKinsey, JP Morgan Chase & Capital One across the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.  He also brings in rich and successful entrepreneurial and investing experience – having served as Managing Director & Member of Global Management Committee at Williams Lea (acquired by Deutsche WorldNet for $1B), Co-Founder of The Whitefield Group (part of Born Group) and Managing Director at eVentures (the 1st seed investor to back MakeMyTrip – Nasdaq IPO MMT, NetMagic – acquired by NTT Communications for $370M+, CustomerAsset – acquired ICICI OneSource, Mentorix – acquired by Nasdaq listed Lionbridge and Intigma – acquired by Emptoris & later by IBM).

Will Poole, Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor, focused on improving ecosystems that bring social and economic opportunity to low-income populations. In 2012, he co-founded Unitus Seed Fund, now the leading venture seed fund supporting startups innovating for the masses in India. In 2015, Will co-founded Capria Accelerator, the first global accelerator for impact VCs. Unitus Seed Fund is an affiliate of Unitus Group, a premier financial services group operating in India and other emerging markets since 2000.

Will co-founded Bangalore-based Vidyanext, whose mission is to change the way India learns. He is active in Social Venture Partners Seattle’s initiatives around social entrepreneurship including founding SVP Fast Pitch, and he co-founded SVP Bangalore. He serves on the investment committee of the W-Fund and on the board of Village Reach. Will was previously Chairman of NComputing, a leader in low-cost, low-energy computing, and a corporate vice president at Microsoft where he led several global businesses, including Windows. His career started by founding two startups at the dawn of the PC era, working in the early days at Sun Microsystems, and pioneering e-commerce at eShop which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Will is passionate about education from early learning to higher ed, where he advises Western Governors University and Brown University on technology and is a Trustee of Pinchot (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute). Will received a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

Lead partner on: BetterPlaceBlowhorn, CueLearn, GoCoop, Hippocampus Learning Centres, iSTAR, mGaadi

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Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, Partner

Srikrishna brings both entrepreneurial and investing perspectives with extensive experience in impact investing, consulting and implementation. Srikrishna joined Unitus Seed Fund as a Partner to setup and lead India operations in 2012. Unitus Seed Fund is now the leading venture seed fund supporting startups innovating for the masses in India. More about Unitus Seed Fund.

Previously, he was co-founder at Kinara Capital, a pioneering startup in the small business lending sector in India, where he led client sourcing and product development. At Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, a leading impact investor in India, Srikrishna led initiatives in urban livelihoods and managed a portfolio of investments in urban microfinance and low-income housing. He was also a member of the founding team at Ujjivan, the leading urban-focused microfinance organization in India, where he setup and managed microfinance branches. Earlier, Srikrishna was a program manager at Unitus India, where he led microfinance innovation initiatives including micro insurance, savings and training. Srikrishna received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Bangalore.

Lead partner on: Caravan

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Ravi Venkatesan, Venture Partner

Ravi Venkatesan is an experienced business leader who is currently Chairman of Bank of Baroda. Ravi joined Unitus Seed Fund as a Venture Partner in 2013. Formerly, he was the Chairman of both Microsoft India and Cummins India. He is a director on the boards of Infosys Ltd., Rockefeller Foundation, Strand Lifesciences and is an advisor to several companies including Kalaari Capital. He is also the founder-chairperson of Social Venture Partners India, a network of philanthropists addressing social problems through venture philanthropy.

Ravi is the author of a bestselling book “Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere”. Between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft’s second-largest presence in the world, one of its fastest growing markets, and one of the country’s most respected companies and best employers. Prior to Microsoft, as the Chairman of Cummins India, Ravi led its transformation into the country’s leading provider of power solutions and automotive engines. Ravi has a BS in engineering from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.

Srikanth Iyer, Venture Partner

Srikanth Iyer joined Unitus Seed Fund as a Venture Partner in 2014. Srikanth leads our national efforts to invest in the best education companies that have potential to serve low-income populations at scale. He was previously the CEO of Pearson India. He had been part of the core leadership team for several years now and was mandated to grow the mind-share for Pearson in the K-12 domain across the country. As a seasoned information technology entrepreneur with over 21 years of experience, Srikanth brings superior prowess in sales, operations and strategic depth to the table.

Srikanth’s critical expertise lies in exhibiting the vision to identify the future prospects of a business and also owning the key requisites to scale it to its extractable potential. Prior to Pearson, Srikanth worked with Wipro for a brief period, from where he ventured on to follow his entrepreneurial instincts. This then led him to co-found Edurite Technologies (2000), a leading e-content provider in the education space. Srikanth’s incandescent leadership bears testimony to the phenomenal growth story of Edurite, which he lead to acquisition by TutorVista (2007); a global online tutoring company, and further acquisition by Pearson (2011). Srikanth holds a Post Graduate Diploma is Software Engineering from Harvard University (DCE) and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering from Bangalore University, India. He has been a state level Table Tennis player for 4 years and is an avid sports fan who dabbles in squash, tennis and cricket.

Lead partner on: Curiositi, LabInApp

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