Mr Mahesh Vaidya joined Intel Capital in 2008 to invest in opportunities in India and has been able to deploy capital in a carefully selected and concentrated portfolio. In spite of the challenging environment for portfolio liquidity, Mr Vaidya has been able to drive liquidity events for Intel Capital in the form of exits such as Policybazaar, the leading online site in India for the comparison and purchase of insurance policies. His other investments at Intel Capital include Snapdeal, the leading online marketplace in India. He has also worked with Intel Capital in Silicon Valley and was focused on opportunities in the cloud infrastructure and Big Data sectors. In that period, he led Intel Capital’s investment in Talena, a “big data” management company, and also participated in an investment in ElasticBox, a cloud application management company that was subsequently acquired by CenturyLink.
Mr Vaidya began his investment career as an MBA Intern in the International Finance Corporation’s Internet Development Unit, where he performed valuation analysis, researched regulatory issues, assisted in term sheet negotiations, and evaluated numerous business proposals ranging from a coffee exchange in Colombia to an Internet service provider in Estonia. After attending business school, Mr Vaidya began working with GF Private Equity Group, a component company of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Growth Fund, where he was part of the founding team for the private equity investment program. Since its formation, GF Private Equity Group has been able to grow AUM to over USD 500 million and has had multiple successful realizations. At GF Private Equity Group, he sourced and led investments in companies such as Redline Communications Inc. (IPO on TSX), Adamas Pharmaceuticals (IPO on Nasdaq), and Venda (Acquired by NetSuite).
Earlier in his career, Mr Vaidya had worked as a Software Engineer with Citicorp Overseas Software Ltd. and has wide-ranging experience in the information technology services industry. He has worked for companies in the financial services and enterprise software sectors in India, Japan, SEOUL, and the United States.
He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has a Graduate degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India.