Asha Jadeja Motwani

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Asha Jadeja Motwani
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Spouse(s)Rajeev Motwani
Scientific career
social impact

Asha Jadeja Motwani is an American angel investor and philanthropist based in Silicon Valley. She invests in for-profit technology, internet and high social impact startups in the Bay Area, New York and India.[1] Asha and her husband Rajeev Motwani co-invested in over 100 startups as angels. Rajeev Motwani 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.


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]


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]


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  2. ^ "Angel investor Asha Motwani launches fellowship for Indian startups". - 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". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  4. ^ "Asha Jadeja «  Global Philanthropy Forum". 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. Archived from the original on 20 September 2015. 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". Archived from the original on 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2016-02-29.