Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, CyberMedia Group
Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, CyberMedia Group has always had a passion for entrepreneurship. He has harnessed that not just for himself, but by trying to nurture other startups as well. He talks to us about entrepreneurship and investing.
Pradeep Gupta is the Chairman of the CyberMedia Group, the specialty media house, with brands like Dataquest, PCQuest, Voice&Data, DARE, CIOL, Global Services, etc. He is an Engineer from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. Having joined a startup (HCL) at the beginning of his career, when people had hardly heard the word startup, he always had an entrepreneurial streak.
Today, he is a successful entrepreneur and also an angel investor and has mentored over 200 start-ups. He is the co-founder of Indian Angel Network, Asia’s largest angel network with more than 450 members that has done over 150 deals. Currently IAN invests in 30-40 deals each year.
Pradeep Gupta is the Chairman of the CyberMedia Group, the specialty media house, with brands like Dataquest, PCQuest, Voice&Data, DARE, CIOL, Global Services, etc. CyberMedia is a public company. CyberMedia is executing India’s first Electropreneur Park, an incubation centre for Electronics start-ups funded by the Government of India.
Pradeep was conferred the “National Entrepreneurship Award as the Best Mentor” by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. Pradeep is the Chief Mentor of Electropreneur Park, Delhi & Bhubaneshwar.
Pradeep is also an Angel investor and has mentored over 200 start-ups. He is the co-founder of Indian Angel Network, Asia’s largest angel network with more than 450 members that has done over 150 deals. Currently IAN invests in 30-40 deals each year.
Pradeep is also the Chair of the Alumni Trust, the sponsors of IvyCap Ventures Trust Funds that have a corpus of $140 mn for investments in medium scale businesses.
Pradeep was a global trustee of TiE, the world’s largest entrepreneurial ecosystem with 12,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 60 chapters across 17 countries.
Pradeep was the GP of India’s first angel fund Infinity Ventures 15 years ago which had angel investments in companies like India Bulls and India Games, both of which were highly successful exits.
Till 2015, he was also on the Board of UTI AMC and its subsidiary UTI Capital. UTI AMC is India’s 5th largest AMC with $20 Bn of AUM. UTI Capital ran the $ 80 Mn India Infrastructure Development Fund (IIDF).
He has been the past President of PanIIT India and Association of Indian Magazines. He is/has been on the Boards of IIT Mandi, Indian Newspaper Society, IIT Delhi incubator, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, etc.
He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award of IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta and the Helen Keller award for working in the disability sector.
Pradeep is an Engineer from IIT Delhi (1975) and an MBA from IIM Calcutta (1977).