Our Team


Iain Shovlin
Founder, Chairman & Founding Partner
Miami
USA

Before forming Guild Capital in 2009, Iain was a venture capitalist with Technology Crossover Ventures in Palo Alto, California for six years. At TCV he undertook investments spanning consumer internet, business process outsourcing, and software. Prior to venture capital, Iain was a management consultant with Bain & Company.

Iain was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has an M.A. in International Business from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Active Investments
Argyle*, Atidiv, Candy Club, The Catch Co, Gaming Insiders, Gohealth, Home Chef, Lunch Smarter, MailControl, Petal, Ruggable, TechStyle, Techweek*, Winc
Prior Investments
AdKnowledge, Claria, Dermstore, Dealon, EXL Service (NASDAQ: EXLS), Hautelook (Acquired by Nordstrom), Integres, Leadscon (Acquired by Access Intelligence) , NexTag, Security Source, Sensa, Total Attorneys

*Denotes Chairman


Andrew Kass
Venture Partner
New York
USA

Andrew has nearly 20 years of experience at leading Wall Street investment banks, most recently serving as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications investment banking group. His experience spans angel investing, corporate finance and M&A advisory assignments across the internet, software and fintech sectors.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2004, Andrew worked at Credit Suisse, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette & Robertson Stephens. Andrew holds a B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University.

Select Clients
Alibaba, Adidas, Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Snapchat, SoftBank, Spotify, Tencent, Twitter and Uber.


Smriti Jayaraman
Vice President
Chicago
USA

Before joining Guild Capital, Smriti spent seven years in the Private Equity Group at Bain & Company and facilitated a wide range of M&A, hedge fund and private equity deals in the software/IT, tech, healthcare, retail, and financial services sector.

Smriti was born in San Francisco. She has a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also spent time in impact investing and running Business Development for a professional services startup in New York.

Active Investments
Argyle, Atidiv, Candy Club, The Catch Co., The Gathering Group, Home Chef, LunchSmarter, MailControl, Petal, Ruggable, TechStyle, Techweek


Sailesh Mohapatra
Senior Associate
Pune
India

Sailesh manages operations in India for Guild Capital’s process outsourcing firm Atidiv. Before joining Guild Capital, he spent about two and a half years consulting at Bain & Company in Mumbai. At Bain & Company, he worked with clients in heavy industries, telecom and automobiles.

Sailesh grew up in the industrial complexes of Jamshedpur and completed a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay with a minor in Applied Statistics and Informatics.

Active Investments
Atidiv, The Gathering Group, Home Chef, MailControl


Akshat Jain
Senior Associate
Mumbai
India

Akshat manages Guild Capital’s business-building toolkit, called the Guild Platform, to help portfolio companies scale. Before joining Guild in 2015, he spent three years as an investment banker at Credit Suisse Mumbai, focusing on risk coverage of alternative investments.

Akshat hails from Ajmer, a small town in the desert state called Rajasthan. He completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Communications & Signal Processing from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2012.

Active Investments
Argyle, Atidiv, BlackWatch, Houndstooth, MailControl, The Catch Co., LunchSmarter, Petal, Ruggable


Aviral Bhatnagar
Associate
Pune
India

Aviral recently graduated with an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad after pursuing a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has previously spent a summer with Morgan Stanley.

Aviral hails from the industrial city of Kanpur and has spent majority of his life across Pune and Mumbai.


Pradeep Krishnakumar
Associate
Mumbai
India

Before joining Guild in 2016, Pradeep wore multiple hats at Limo, an early-stage app-based buses company. Prior to his stint in the startup world, he has worked with Deutsche Bank for three years and has spent a summer with McKinsey & Company.

Born in Bengaluru, Pradeep grew up in Mumbai. He has an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.


Tarun Firodiya
Associate
Mumbai
India

Before joining Guild Capital in 2017, Tarun was Manager at Marico Innovation Foundation, where he set-up a management consulting division for social enterprises. He has held positions across impact investing, strategy, and corporate finance for over 5 years.

Tarun is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a Bachelors in Commerce from R.A. Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai.


Nikhil Patil
Associate
Pune
India

Before joining Guild Capital in 2017, Nikhil worked with McKinsey & Company for 3 years as a management consultant on various projects spanning IT, real estate, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, automobiles, and auto-components.

He has a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical engineering and Materials Sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Nikhil hails from Mumbai.


Aditya Labroo
Junior Associate
Pune
India

Before joining Guild in 2016, Aditya co-founded FairFrog, a niche online marketplace. Prior to his entrepreneurial stint, he was an options trader at Optiver in Amsterdam and has spent a summer with Citi.

Originally from Srinagar, Aditya grew up in the north Indian city of Chandigarh. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an M.B.A. from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.


Srishti Mahajan
Junior Associate
Pune
India

Prior to joining Guild Capital in 2017, Srishti worked in the Structured Credit team at Deutsche Bank. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She hails from the industrial city of Surat.


Barkha Bansal
Junior Associate
Mumbai
India

Prior to joining Guild Capital in 2017, she worked at the Bain & Company focusing on sectors spanning information technology, industrial goods and consumer products. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Energy Systems Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. As part of her undergraduate program, she co-founded a clean-tech startup called Shudhatta.


Sachin Shetty
Junior Associate
Mumbai
India

Before joining Guild in 2015, Sachin was an investment analyst at Credit Suisse. He also has three years of experience in the Finance and Audit function at Deloitte. He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.


Amit Rangari
General Counsel
Pune
India

Before joining Guild in 2015, Amit was associated with the Times Group and Mediterranean Shipping Company, where he was an integral member of their legal teams. Amit was born in Nagpur and he has completed a BA.LLB (Honors) from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.


Kavita Krishnamurti
Manager, Chairman’s Office
Pune
India

Kavita manages the Chairman’s office in India. Before joining Guild in 2014, she spent close to 3 years as a Senior Service Coordinator at NCR Corporation Mumbai, focusing on SLA Management and client communications. Kavita hails from Pakur, a small town in north-east India and has Bachelors in Mathematics from the BSP University.


Kirstie Amores
General Manager
Miami
USA

Before joining Guild, Kirstie was a search consultant with CompHealth, where she specialized in hiring for permanent, full-time hospital pharmacy positions of all levels. She also has experience in events planning and execution with Techweek and Open English. Kirstie hails from Miami and has a Bachelors in Economics from Florida State University.