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NEA-IndoUS Ventures appoints Kumar Shiralagi as General Partner
Bangalore, January 03, 2007: NEA-IndoUS Ventures, a venture capital firm based out of India and the US, has appointed Mr. Kumar Shiralagi as General Partner for leading investments in India. NEA-IndoUS Ventures invests in businesses that leverage India's accelerated, long-term growth prospects and capital efficiencies.

As the General Partner of the company, Mr. Kumar will be responsible to seek and make strategic equity investments in early and mid-stage companies in the Information Technology and BPO / KPO companies along the Indo-US corridor.

Mr. Kumar has over 14 years of Senior Management experience in the IT, Telecom and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industries. Prior to joining NEA - IndoUS Ventures, he was the head of Intel Capital, India, the venture capital group responsible for Indian investments. As the Country Director, he was responsible for Intel's India investment strategy and for making and managing investments in companies in the area of computing, communications and market development. Under his leadership, Intel Capital built an impressive portfolio of companies and realized a good number of notable exits which established it as a leading VC team in the Indian investment scenario.

Previously, he was the cofounder and Chief Operating Officer of Lytek Corporation in Arizona where he managed all business activities of the company. He has also worked in Motorola in various areas ranging from technology development to corporate strategy and investments from 1993-2000.

"We are very excited to have Kumar join NEA - IndoUS Ventures as General Partner. He brings on the ground successful investment experience in India and a remarkable collection of skill and industry expertise to the company. His understanding of India's Venture Capital Industry will enable us to visualize the future trends that will revolutionalise the global economy much ahead of our competitors", said Mr. Vinod K Dham, Founder and Executive Managing Director - NEA-IndoUS Ventures.
Kumar holds a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University specializing in semiconductors and optoelectronics and also has an MBA from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.

He has published over 60 papers in international journals and conferences, has 23 issued US Patents, is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Charter member of TiE Bangalore.

About NEA-IndoUS Ventures

NEA-IndoUS Ventures is a venture capital firm based out of India and the US, co-founded by Vinod K. Dham and Vani Kola. NEA-IndoUS Ventures invests in businesses that leverage India's accelerated, long-term growth prospects and capital efficiencies.

Commitment to India

India offers substantial long-term growth potential and cost benefits in today's global marketplace. Its thriving economy and growing consumer class make it the next hub of venture investment. By being located in India, NEA-IndoUS Ventures has the insight and advantage to invest in opportunities with unique differentiation. The firm is dedicated to create innovative companies out of India that serve both the Indian and the global markets.

Commitment to Entrepreneurship and Building companies

The firm is committed to early-stage investment and nurturing entrepreneurs to build significant businesses. The partners have the experience, expertise and commitment to actively support the development and scaling of young, promising companies.

The firm's partners have extensive networks and individual brand equity that extend to both India and the United States. This network of relationships and experience is an invaluable asset to entrepreneurs and portfolio companies. In addition, a significant partner in this fund is New Enterprise Associates (NEA) who is a sponsor and active advisor.



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