We Are Operating-Investors

Our team comprises of 70 years of combined investment and leadership operating experience. We spend over 50% of our time with our investee companies as their trustworthy partners. We operate within a strong and active network of entrepreneurs, investors, leading businesses and international relationships that are made available to our investee companies at all times.

Gautam Patel

Gautam is the Founder & Managing Partner of Z3Partners. He has been a pioneer in Digital & Tech investing in India over the last 20 years with significant operating experience.

Prior to founding Z3Partners Tech Fund, Gautam has been the co-founder of Zodius Technology Fund and Zodius Technology Opportunities Fund, successful early-growth stage Private Equity Funds with a track record of investing in industry leaders (Investee Companies: Antuit (sold to Zebra Technologies) BigBasket (sold to TATA), Pepperfry (sold to secondary Fund), OfBusiness (partial sale to Tiger Global), Medgenome (partial sale to IFC), Zivame (sold to Reliance Industries), Cyfirma, etc). Prior to Zodius, Gautam was the Managing Director and Head of India for Battery Ventures, a Venture Capital and Private Equity Fund (Investee Companies: TechProcess (sale to Ingenico), etc.). Prior to that he was part of the leadership team at iGATE, a Nasdaq-listed IT and BPO Services Company. At iGATE, Gautam and the core executive team turned the business around from 3% margins to 18%+ in four years. Gautam also worked as Vice President at eVentures India, an early stage Venture Capital Fund backed by Softbank and Newscorp (Investee Companies: MakeMyTrip (IPO), NetMagic (sale to NTT), FirstSource (IPO), etc.). Prior to this, Gautam was part of the investment team at IndOcean Chase Capital, being one of the earliest growth stage Private Equity Funds in India (Investee Companies: HDFC Bank, Domino’s Pizza, etc.). Gautam started his career in Investment Banking in the US with Lazard Freres. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Yusuf Allana

Yusuf is a Senior Partner and CFO at Z3Partners and is responsible for the Finance and Compliance functions. He has over 27 years of leadership experience across strategic finance, financial control, supply chain finance, reporting / documentation and risk management.

Prior to joining Z3Partners, Yusuf was a Finance Leader with Colgate Palmolive India Ltd. for 22 years in Asia Pacific; reporting to the India CFO. At Colgate, he led the funding-the-growth program for 3 years which resulted in savings of USD 75 million over the period. Yusuf started his career in Audit with A.F. Ferguson & Co., where he participated in the audit of clients like Kodak, Cadbury, Wyeth, ANZ Grindlays Bank among others. Yusuf holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accounts of India.

Anand Batra

Anand is an Executive Director at Z3Partners and is responsible for leading investments and portfolio management. He has over 12 years of experience across operations, strategy, investment banking and venture capital.

Prior to joining Z3Partners, Anand was a Principal in the investing team at IvyCap Ventures, focusing on early stage investments in India consumer and technology enabled businesses. Before starting his career as an investor, Anand was a part of the core Management Team at Pepperfry and headed up Category Management (P&L). During his stint as Business Head for Home Categories, Anand transformed the business to achieve breakeven at an operational level, while maintaining high levels of customer experience and buyer retention. Prior to this, Anand headed up the Strategy function at Pepperfry, where he worked closely with the founder to raise $170M across 3 rounds of fundraising. Anand started his career in Investment Banking with Lazard and Avendus Capital. Anand holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Narsee Monjee College, University of Mumbai.

Avinash Kapur

Avinash is an Associate in the Investment Team at Z3Partners. He comes with strong analytical and research capabilities, and participates in Investments and Portfolio Management.

Prior to joining Z3Partners, Avinash worked with Deloitte in their Financial Due Diligence practice and KPMG in Statutory Audit, during which time he was engaged with multiple companies in the technology and digital sector. Avinash holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Narsee Monjee College, University of Mumbai and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accounts of India.

As Operating-Investors We Build Strong Relationships With High Quality Entrepreneurs Who Are Shaping Market Leading Tech And Digital Businesses.