Soumitra (Soum) Sharma

Operator-Angel; Product Leader; US-India Corridor; Believer in Power Laws; Love Building & Learning

Hey – this is Soum. Welcome to An Operator’s Blog.

Quick background – am an SF-based early-stage investor & product leader. In my past lives, have been a VC-backed founder and institutional investor with deep experience across US & Asia.

I actively invest in tech startups as an operator-angel, with a ‘founder-first’ investing thesis.

MissionBacking gritty founders building non-incremental startups, with operating expertise, networks and early capital.

Investing focus areas:

  • Software – AI, SaaS, Enterprise
  • Deeptech – Healthtech, Spacetech, Agritech, Life Sciences, Foodtech
  • Consumer Internet – Fintech, Edutech, Commerce, Marketplaces
  • Web3/ Crypto


  • OpenSea (via acq. of Dharma Labs; Unicorn) – World’s largest NFT marketplace
  • Phenom (via acq. of MyAlly, Unicorn) – AI-powered talent experience platform
  • Varda (co-investors: Founders Fund, Lux Capital etc.) – building the world’s first space factory
  • Yulu (follow-on: Bajaj Group, Magna, – EV-based micro-mobility for urban India
  • LetsVenture (follow-on: Accel, Chiratae) – Leading angel investing platform in India
  • Tydy (follow-on: Arka Ventures) – employee onboarding & engagement platform
  • Flytbase (co-investors: Lavni Ventures) – autonomous drone software management platform
  • Soulside (co-investors: Counterpart, GreyMatter) – powering mental health through AI
  • Playto Labs (co-investors: Inflection Point Ventures) – robotics-based STEM Edutech
  • BuyStars (co-investors: Lumikai, Chiratae, Leo) – digital asset-based Real Money Gaming for Cricket
  • Prysm (co-investors: Multicoin, Polychain etc.) – Web3 native platform for collective ownership
  • Omnify – Shopify for the recreation economy
  • 91Springboard (profitable) – leading co-working space in India
  • BIS Research (profitable) – deep-tech knowledge services
  • Cleargraph (EXITED, acq. by Coinbase) – decentralized identity management
  • Hate2wait (EXITED via dividends) – queue management software
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