Aneel Ranadive is a prominent figure in the startup industry, having amassed over 15 years of experience building and investing in startups. He is the founder of Soma Capital, an investment firm that focuses on software automation in any sector or geographical area. Under his leadership, Soma Capital has been able to invest seed capital in over 300 startups worth over $50 billion, including unicorns such as Cruise, Rappi, and Razorpay. He credits this success to his deep understanding of the startup landscape and extensive experience in portfolio management.
In addition to his inspiring work with Soma Capital, Aneel owes part of his success to his father, Vivek Ranadive, the founder of TIBCO Software. Aneel works closely with his father, who is an expert in enterprise software, offering valuable insights and strategic introductions to portfolio companies. Vivek's acquisition of NBA's Sacramento Kings in 2013 made him the first Indian-born majority owner in the league, further buoying Aneel's image as a savvy startup investor with access to a broad network of contacts.
Before founding Soma Capital, Aneel Ranadive served in a range of roles at companies like Nielsen, Storm Ventures, Glanceguide, and Bank of America. He is a graduate of Columbia University, where he majored in Mathematics, and he attended Menlo High School. Although he has held several executive positions, Aneel remains down-to-earth and friendly. He is an excellent communicator and is always seeking new ways to add value to his portfolio companies.