Early-stage investor Kae Capital in talks to raise up to $60m third fund

Sasha Mirchandani, Kae Capital

Early stage investor Kae Capital is in talks to raise its third venture capital fund of up to $60 million, said two people aware of the matter, requesting anonymity.

This fund would be slightly bigger than its second fund of $53 million in 2017 as its seed stage cheque sizes have become larger and the fund is seeking more capital to be able to invest across multiple rounds.

Kae Capital was founded by Sasha Mirchandani, one of India’s earliest startup investors, and founder of the Mumbai Angels network of angel investors. It raised a first fund of $25 million, and invested in firms such as online pharmacy 1mg, and omnichannel shopping startup Fynd. From its second fund, its investments include logistics startup Freightwalla and Zetwerk, a business-to-business platform for custom manufacturing.

Before starting Kae Capital, Mirchandani had invested in his personal capacity in companies such as Myntra, the fashion portal sold to Flipkart in 2014, ad-tech company InMobi, and data analytics firm Fractal Analytics, which has raised $200 million in its last funding round in January this year from private equity firm Apax Partners.

Mint first reported on 21 January that Kae Capital is raising a 100 crore add-on fund to further invest in the best portfolio companies of its first fund. Investors generally raise these opportunity funds to go deeper into the best performing portfolio firms.

Kae Capital’s exits so far include Fynd, which was acquired by homegrown conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd earlier this year for $42.3 million, and mobile billing aggregator Boku, which was acquired by billing firm Qubecell in 2013. Other VCs which have raised or are raising add on funds include Blume Ventures, India Quotient, and DSG Consumer Partners.

Kae Capital is a sector agnostic fund and usually invests at the seed stage with follow-on rounds across mobile, e-commerce, consumer internet, education and healthcare sectors. Cheque sizes from its previous funds used to be in the $500,000-800,000 range, while investments from the new fund are expected to start at about a million dollars.

LPs have been increasingly bullish on early stage VCs, with at least half a dozen funds including Endiya Partners, Kalaari Capital, Blume, and India Quotient expected to close fresh funds this year.

This article was first published on livemint.com

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.