MR Rangaswami, Co-Founder, Sand Hill Group & Founder, Indiaspora

MR Rangaswami, Co-Founder, Sand Hill Group & Founder, Indiaspora

M.R. Rangaswami is an entrepreneur, investor, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist.  



“Future performance is not guaranteed by past returns”

The Brand Called You is pleased to welcome MR Rangaswami, an accomplished investor from California, on the vodcast today. MR is the CoFounder of the Sand Hill Group which is an Angel investment firm. He is also the Founder of Indiaspora and the Corporate Economic forum. MR has been on the Forbes Midas list of investors. An entrepreneur, eco strategy expert, investor, and philanthropist- MR is indeed multifaceted! 

In a very engaging conversation with our host Ashutosh Garg, MR shares his story – right from when he decided to walk into the field of investment to become one of the leading and initial Angel Investors! MRA talks all about the investment field and what he looks for before making an investment. He shares some hilarious anecdotes and also the segments he prefers before investing money. The relation between startups and Investors is explained in a very simple manner. This interview will definitely be informative to not only individuals looking for investments but also those who are looking to invest! 

About Angel Investment:

Angel investors, just like any other investors are individuals investing capital in order to receive financial returns. Angel Investors, however, invest more largely in businesses or startups with a demand to taking up an equity position in the selected firm/company. Angel Investors help startups in their initial stages when they lack funding and capital help. With the help of the right Angel Investor and financial planner, businesses can skyrocket their profits! Angel Investors have usually experienced entrepreneurs themselves. They are risk-takers and often bring comparatively positive returns to the company. MR Rangaswami is one of these very unique Angel Investors who traipsed into the field when it was lesser-known and preferred. His work is widespread and full of notable experiences. A journey that is one of a kind!

Tune in to learn more!


M.R. Rangaswami is an entrepreneur, investor, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder, and philanthropist. Recognized as a software business expert, he participated in the rapid expansion of the Silicon Valley software industry during his tenure as an executive at both large and small software companies. In 1997, he co-founded Sand Hill Group, one of the earliest “angel” investment firms, and was profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He was named to the Forbes “Midas” list of investors and also recognized by CRN as one of the Top 25 Technology Executives. He also hosts the Enterprise Retreat for the top 100 leaders in technology. 

In 2007, M.R. founded the Corporate Eco Forum(CEF), an invitation-only membership organization for Global 500 companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to the environment as a business strategy. 

In 2012 M.R. founded Indiaspora(a non-profit) to unite the Indian Diaspora and to transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage. By sharing insights, hosting events, and connecting people, Indiaspora unites the professionally, geographically, and religiously diverse Indian community toward collective action. Indiaspora events include its annual Leadership Forum, Philanthropy Summit, and the Global Connect program. Indiaspora also engages in community issues such as the initiative to get the USPS to issue a Diwali stamp in 2016. 

M.R. is a board member of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, The Nudge Foundation, and the WISH Foundation.

M.R is the recipient of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) “Influential Leaders” award in 2015 and the US-China Educational Trust (US-CET) inaugural “Asians in America” award in 2016. In 2020 he was the recipient of the “Global Service” award from the Canada-India Business Council. 

 Rangaswami is also profiled in 2 books –  “Those Immigrants by Scott Haas and “The $8 Man” by Brenda Christensen.

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