Our Team

CaHa Capital is headed by two co-founders and partners – Sachindra ‘Sachin’ Rudra and Shruthi Cauvery Iyer – who, together, have three decades of investment and operating experience across multiple sectors and geographies.

 

Sachindra ‘Sachin’ Rudra,

Founder and Partner, Based in Bangalore, India

Sachindra ‘Sachin’ Rudra is a seasoned investor with substantial experience running and scaling organizations. Sachin is an angel investor in his personal capacity, serves on the Investment Committees of 3 venture funds, and works actively with several early-stage enterprises looking to scale. He has broad sectoral experience with a focus on Consumer Products, Healthcare, Renewable Energy, and Skilling/Education.

Before founding CaHa Capital, Sachin worked for Acumen – an impact-focused venture capital fund – in New York and Mumbai. Prior to joining Acumen, Sachin was an investor with Navis Capital, consulted with McKinsey & Co., and led operations and strategy at Piramal Healthcare. He started his career with Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

Sachin has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Before that, he studied Economics at the London School of Economics, Cambridge University, and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Sachin enjoys understanding art and is an avid collector of paintings and sculptures. He has a personal interest in handloom crafts of India seeded by making trips to buy sarees with his mother in different regions and towns of India. When not at work he enjoys traveling to lesser-known destinations.

 

Shruthi Cauvery Iyer,

Founder and Partner, Based in Bangalore, India

Shruthi is a seasoned investor and entrepreneur with a proven ability to transform ideas into successful ventures across multiple sectors and geographies. Shruthi is an active angel investor currently overseeing two early-stage companies’ expansion strategies. She manages Wharton Alumni Angels, South Asia and HBS Alumni Angels, India.  

Before founding CaHa Capital, Shruthi worked with an Israel-based healthcare venture capital fund, Agate Medical Investment LP, setting up its India presence. Prior to this, Shruthi ran a skincare e-commerce start-up for three years in Boston. Since moving to Bangalore, Shruthi has been a consultant and advisor to start-ups mainly in the health, wellness, and fin-tech sectors. Her Previous experiences include running a commodities trading firm in Indonesia and Hong Kong, working for the IFC (World Bank) in their financial markets team, and for PT. Perintius, an SME-focused fund run by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce.  

Shruthi has a Bachelors in Engineering from Visveswaraya Technological University, Karnataka where she graduated top of her class. Shruthi has an MBA from Wharton (Finance Major) on a Forté Fellowship and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School on a John F. Kennedy Fellowship. 

Shruthi is an avid reader interested in philosophy and behavioral science and a budding column writer. Shruthi loves leading a healthy lifestyle and cooking traditional meals for her friends and family.

Akshay Poddar,

Analyst, Based in Bangalore, India

Akshay is an analyst at CaHa Capital. He strongly believes in inclusion – everyone, regardless of ability or disability, has the right to be respected and appreciated as valuable community members.

Before joining CaHa Capital, Akshay worked as an analyst at PKF Corporate Finance, the advisory team of an Australian mid-market audit firm. There, he worked on M&A transactions and corporate valuations. During his sophomore year at college, he interned at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). At CHRI, he helped the prison reform team analyze primary and secondary data received from prisons which helped in policy suggestions to the government.

Akshay has a Bachelor in Commerce with honors from Shri Ram College of Commerce. He has also cleared level one of the Chartered Financial Analyst examinations. He is also a certified Financial Modelling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA) by the Corporate Finance Institute.

Akshay enjoys consuming content from different genres ranging from Hindu mythology to astrophysics. He has lived and worked across multiple geographies and loves learning about cultures. Akshay is also an active part of various online and offline communities.

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