Bhanu Choudhrie – Founder, CEO, and Creative Director at Alpha Aviation Group

Bhanu Choudhrie is an Indian-born American venture capital investor, entrepreneur, and author. He is the founder, CEO, and Creative Director at Alpha Aviation Group, a venture capital firm in New York City.

Bhanu Choudhrie is best known for co-founding Rocket Internet, one of the world’s largest online companies, with Dieter Rams and Peter Thiel and being one of the earliest investors in TransferWise, an online money transfer startup.

Alpha Aviation Group

In 2000, Bhanu co-founded Alpha Aviation Group, a Venture Capital firm in New York City, with Dhirubhai Mallya and Peter Thiel. In their first fund, they invested $2 million in an app development company called 5pointz. The company went public in 2005 and was later acquired by Google for $1.8 billion.

India and Asia

In his quest to expand his investment portfolio and make more noise in the “Asia Pacific,” in 2011, Bhanu Choudhrie and Dhirubhai Mallya co-founded Vista Equity Partners; a private equity firm focused on investments in Asia Pacific companies.

After the long-distance relationship between India and the U.S. was established, Bhanu and Dhirubhai found themselves interested in the same companies and industries. In his ongoing effort to improve trade ties, Bhanu was in charge of introducing Indian technology companies to the U.S. tech sector. This included setting up an accelerator in San Francisco for young startups.

Europe

In 2012 Bhanu and Dhirubhai co-founded the Ohlone Capital with their friend and investor, Charles O’Neill, Jr.
The company is focused on investing in early-stage tech startups based in Europe. With O’Neill’s vision of a startup nation, he saw great potential in Ireland and the rest of Europe. The company has invested in companies such as M-Lab, a digital health company, and Mediagov, a software to manage government information.

China

In 2011 Bhanu Choudhrie and Dhirubhai co-founded Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in Asia Pacific companies. After the long-distance relationship between India and the U.S. was established, Bhanu and Dhirubhai found themselves interested in the same companies and industries. In his ongoing effort to improve trade ties, Bhanu was in charge of introducing Indian technology companies to the U.S. tech sector. This included setting up an accelerator in San Francisco for young startups.

Conclusion

Bhanu Choudhrie is best known for co-founding Rocket Internet, one of the world’s largest online companies, with Dieter Rams and Peter Thiel and being one of the earliest investors in TransferWise, an online money transfer startup.