Asha Jadeja Motwani

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Asha Jadeja Motwani
Born India
Spouse(s) Rajeev Motwani
Scientific career
Fields entrepreneur
social impact
philanthropy
investor
startups
tech

Asha Jadeja Motwani is an angel investor and philanthropist based in Silicon Valley. She invests in for-profit tech, internet and high social impact start-ups in the Bay Area, New York and India.[1] Asha and her husband Rajeev Motwani co-invested in over 100 startups as angels. Rajeev was the founding advisor to Google and the author of Google's algorithmic architecture.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Asha Motwani was born and raised in India. She moved to America as a graduate student in 1985 and lives mostly in Palo Alto, California. Asha and Rajeev had two daughters, Naitri and Anya.

Education[edit]

Motwani pursued a Ph.D in political science from UC-Berkeley after doing her masters and undergraduate studies in urban planning and civil engineering from the University of Southern California.[3]

Career[edit]

Asha invested in over 100 startups.[4][5] She is listed in a directory of venture capital and private equity firms.[6] She was the founder and managing director of Dot Edu Ventures along with her husband Rajeev Motwani.[7]

Asha launched the Rajeev Circle Fellowship[8] in order to help Indian entrepreneurs "visit and connect with entrepreneurs, mentors and seed investors in Silicon Valley."[9]

Motwani helped introduce Maker Faire in India in 2012, gaining inspiration from California’s Maker Faire.[10] She is also introducing Maker Fest Pakistan in an attempt to "create a civilian bridge between India and Pakistan."

She is the trustee of the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation,[11] a charitable organization based in Palo Alto and Ahmedabad, India. The Foundation aims to support entrepreneurs in under-served pockets of the world to promote world-class entrepreneurship at a local level.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ del Castillo, Michael (16 February 2016). "These 8 Women Are Building a 'Tech Guild' For Women Manufacturers". Upstart Business Journal. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Angel investor Asha Motwani launches fellowship for Indian startups". Techcircle.in - India startups, internet, mobile, e-commerce, software, online businesses, technology, venture capital, angel, seed funding. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  3. ^ "Asha Jadeja Motwani Ph.D.: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Businessweek.com. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  4. ^ "Asha Jadeja «  Global Philanthropy Forum". philanthropyforum.org. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  5. ^ "This Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Wants to Bridge Indo-Pak Divide". The Quint. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  6. ^ Gottlieb, Richard (2008-01-01). Directory of Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms, Domestic and International. Grey House Publishing. 
  7. ^ "Ms. Asha Jadeja Motwani & Ms. Radhika Shah". Stanford University. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Asha Motwani Funds India-U.S. Entrepreneurial Program". India West. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  9. ^ Abudheen, Sainul K. (10 April 2013). "Angel investor Asha Motwani launches fellowship for Indian startups". Tech Circle. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "This Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Wants to Bridge Indo-Pak Divide". The Quint. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  11. ^ "The Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation". 
  12. ^ "US-Asia Technology Management Center School of Engineering » Ms. Asha Jadeja Motwani & Ms. Radhika Shah". asia.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2016-02-29.