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

North America
Breuer Premium Dog Food, The Catch Co, Gohealth, MailControl, Petal, Ruggable, TechStyle, Touché LA, Voyage Mobile, Winc

India
Wink & Nod

Guild Ecosystem
Argyle, Atidiv, Blackwatch, Harlequin, Houndstooth, Techweek

Previous Investments

Exits
Gaming Insiders, Hautelook (Acquired by Nordstrom), Home Chef (Acquired by Kroger), Winc (partial exit)


Prior to Guild
AdKnowledge, Claria, Dermstore, Dealon, EXL Service (NASDAQ: EXLS), Integres, Leadscon (Acquired by Access Intelligence) , NexTag, Security Source, Sensa, Total Attorneys


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.

Investments
The Catch Co., Petal, Ruggable, TechStyle, Touché LA, Voyage Mobile


Daniel Newman
Vice President
New York
USA

Before joining Guild Capital, Daniel spent 5 years working in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, Private Equity at Crestview Partners, and most recently in Business Development at an early-stage startup, Rhino Labs.

Daniel holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer scholar (awarded to those in the top 5% of their class), and a B.A. from Yale University.


Mehul Jain
Vice President
Mumbai
India

Prior to joining Guild, Mehul was a Project Manager at A.T. Kearney, where he gained 7+ years of management consulting experience spanning Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas. At Guild, Mehul leads the Argyle and Houndstooth teams, in addition to assisting with Guild's investments in India and the US.

Mehul holds an MBA from INSEAD (where he made the Dean's list) and a B.S. in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.


Jennifer Abrahamsen
Venture Advisor
New York
USA

Jennifer has 10+ years experience in consulting in marketing, working most recently as a Senior Consultant at Grace Point Partners and as an Associate at McKinsey and Co. Prior to that, she worked as an Associate at the Ramius Capital Group and as a Marketing Associate at Graham Capital Management.

Jennifer holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors in Economics from Harvard University.


Apoorv Gautam
Venture Advisor
Pune
India

Apoorv has 10+ years of experience across management consulting and operations strategy. Before joining Guild in 2017, he served as the Head of Strategic Initiatives at Rivigo, Vice President of Business at Paytm, Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., and Consultant of Strategy and Operations at Deloitte. He also has entrepreneurial experience as a co-founder of PurplTree.

Apoorv holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.


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.

Investments
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.

Investments
Breuer Premium Dog Food, The Catch Co., Ruggable, Wink & Nod


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.


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.


Ankita Vij
Associate
Pune
India

Ankita joined Guild in 2015 and served in key leadership roles at our portfolio company, Atidiv. Prior to Guild, she spent 1.5 years as a management consultant at KPMG. During her time there, she worked with clients in renewable energy, IT, heavy metals and infrastructure.

Ankita grew up in New Delhi. She holds B.S. and M.S degrees in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.


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.


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.


Ishan Sukul
Junior Associate
Pune
India

Prior to Guild, he worked as an associate at Bain & Company and as an analyst at Deloitte, working across various industries such as private equity, technology and financial services.

Ishan holds a B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology.


Parth Popat
Junior Associate
Mumbai
India

Parth comes with an investment banking background at Deutsche Bank, having worked on interest rate and credit derivatives valuations. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he worked in equity sales and trading with his family-owned stock broking business.

Parth is a Chartered Accountant and CFA candidate. He also holds LL.B. and B.Com. degrees from University of Mumbai.


Ishendra Agarwal
Junior Associate
Pune
India

Ishendra has spent 2+ years working in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group, before which he co-founded a couple of startup ventures, namely HidnChat and The Essence Times.

Ishendra is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, from where he received both his B.Tech and M.Tech degrees in Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering.


Rangam Sharma
In-house Counsel
Mumbai
India

Before joining Guild in 2018, Rangam worked with top corporate law firms in India including AZB & Partners and Veritas Legal. He graduated at the top of his class from Symbiosis International University with a bachelors degree in law. Rangam hails from New Bongaigaon, a small town in Assam.


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 BSP University.