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Friday, May 24, 2024 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM PDT

Come join us for the most extraordinary FUNDA event to date, a grand celebration of the immense influence and achievements of Desi entrepreneurs, investors, and C-suite executives. We are at the same amazing venue as last year. We'll be hosting a Michelin-starred chef to create a culinary experience unlike any other for the evening.


​4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Founder-Investor-Operator curated meet (Special Invite needed)
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Networking

​9:30 pm - 11.30 pm: After Party (Limited to 25)

Friday, May 10, 2024 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)

Join us for an enriching evening at ATX SaaS Connect, where innovation meets influence. Designed for Indian entrepreneurs, investors, and C-suite executives, this exclusive FUNDA meetup offers unparalleled networking opportunities in Texas’ thriving SaaS landscape.

Why Attend?

  • Connect with founders of leading VC-backed Product companies such as MobileIron, NetSkope, and ServiceMax.
  • Gain Insights from top industry leaders, including executives from Airbase and Turing.
  • Learn from the success stories of pioneers like Sanjeev K. Singh, CEO of Zenwork, who recently led a $163 million equity transaction.

Featured Sessions:

  • Venture Capital Outlook by experts from S3, 42VC, and Dallas VC.
  • Corporate Development Strategies with leading Corp Dev professionals.
  • Keynote Address by Sanjeev K. Singh, discussing non-traditional funding paths and digital compliance innovations.

Special Thanks:

  • Venue Sponsor: Brown Advisory - providing the sophisticated space at Indeed Tower.
  • Catering Sponsor: Dallas VC Team - ensuring delightful culinary experiences.

Meet Our Organizers:


The Founder's Ally in Startup Growth and Collaboration

​In the startup realm, every step is a challenge, with the most brutal battles often fought in isolation. FUNDA is an ally to entrepreneurs, recognizing that some guidance can make a monumental difference.

  • For Founders:
    • Navigate the startup landscape with insights into identifying the right challenges.
    • Achieve Product-Market Fit (PMF) and develop robust Go-To-Market (GTM) strategies.
    • Scale effectively with proven tactics and bespoke investment guidance.
    • Cultivate critical connections for customer acquisition and strategic partnerships.
  • For Investors:
    • Spot thriving startups and extraordinary talent within our vetted network.
    • Stay ahead of the curve on the latest startup trends and investment opportunities.
  • For Executives:
    • Lead with innovation by adopting cutting-edge products and technologies early.
    • Influence the industry with forward-thinking strategies and partnerships.
  • For Corporate Development:
    • Discover potential alignments that resonate with your corporate goals and objectives.

​FUNDA is more than a community; it's a space where shared backgrounds become the bedrock for future collaborations. It's about fostering a culture where wisdom becomes communal, and a collective effort can lead to exceptional creations.

See you at ATX SaaS Connect on May 10th!

Friday, December 8, 2023 - 4:00 PM - 8 PM PST

It’s time to spread some winter cheer! Join us on the 8th of December for an exceptional evening of networking at FUNDA’s Winter Event. Connect with the most brilliant Desi entrepreneurs, industry leaders, founders, and professionals and celebrate their grand achievements on this night to remember. Expand your network, explore collaborative opportunities with like-minded individuals, and treat your senses to a Michelin-starred culinary experience like none other!

FUNDA Winter Event will be our biggest and most amazing event yet. We have a great line up of talks, 1:1 investor connects and networking sessions.

Here's the event agenda
4 - 4:45 pm: Registration & Networking
4:45 pm - 5 pm: Welcome Note

From here on, the event will run in 2 tracks to help startup founders get help with GTM and raising capital.

Track 1: GTM - Getting Early Traction

Session 1: Zero-to-1M GTM: Acquiring your first paying customers
Session 2: Scaling your revenue beyond the first million
Session 3: How to sell to enterprise buyers

Speakers: Shreesha Ramdas , Sid Yenamandra, Surbhi Rathore, Munish Gandhi, Chitrang Shah, Durga P Pandey, Thejo Kote, Kumar C., Rishi Bhargava, Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, Awinash Sinha, Sumit Johar, Ashwin Ballal, Srinivas Mukkamala

Track 2: Raising Capital (“Investor Interact”) - We are hosting curated one-to-one sessions with investors. Signup sheet on check-in is available at the event to participate.

Thursday, September 14, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT

Founders FUNDA and 8VC are back with another event for all the Bay Area Indian-origin founders. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to meet and connect with visionary Indian founders, VCs and executives!

We are thrilled to invite you to our September 2023 Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) themed event.

​Prepare for an engaging evening with insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and delicious refreshments. This event, a collaboration between FUNDA and 8VC is perfect for founders and entrepreneurs interested in learning about the dynamics of M&A and gaining valuable insights from industry experts.


6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Registration, networking, and light refreshments

6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Fireside chat with Touraj Parang (Bestselling author of Exit Path). Hosted by Mahesh Ram (Head of AI at Zoom)

7:15 PM - 8:00 PM Panel discussion: Navigating M&A. Rashmi Upadhya (Vice-President, M&A, Fortive) and Hemant Hebbar (Vice-President, Global M&A, HP). Moderated by Bhaskar Ghosh (Partner, 8VC).

8:00 PM Closing Remarks and Networking

Saturday, August 5, 2023 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM IST

Founders FUNDA is back with another event, this time around in Namma Bengaluru! A one-of-a-kind "For the Indian founders by the Indian founders" event. The major focus of the event will be scaling in the valley, and exploring missed opportunities.

The event will take place on 5th August, 2023 (Saturday), at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to meet and connect with visionary Indian founders, VCs and executives!

Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT

Watch out for the biggest gathering of Indian origin Founders, VCs, and Executives in the Bay Area, sharing their business insights and know how to nurture the startup ecosystem. Get business guidance, find thriving startups, and discover new products and technologies at this one-of-a-kind networking event.

Here's the FUNDA event agenda for you -

5:30-6:30: Registration and Networking
6:30-6:40: Welcome Note
6:40-7:00: Session I: Fireside Chat with Vineet Jain (Co-Founder and CEO, Egnyte), Moderated by Indus Khaitan (CEO and Founder, Quolum)
7:10-7:30: Session II: Fireside Chat with Beerud Sheth (Co-Founder and CEO, Gupshup), Moderated by Hitesh Shah (CTO and CPO, ConnectandSell Inc.)
7:30-7:50: Session III: CIO Panel - "How Startups can Sell to Enterprises Successfully"

Avon Puri, Chief Digital Officer, Sequoia. ex-CIO Rubrik
Sastry Malladi, CTO Johnson Controls
Ashwin Ballal, EVP & CIO, Medallia

Moderated by:
Nidhi Jain, CEO, CloudEagle

7:50-8:00: Concluding Note.

8:00-9:30: Dinner