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Managing Partner

Debjeet Gupta

Debjeet is an advisor/mentor to early stage startups. He has 10+ years of investment banking experience with Lehman Brothers and Nomura. He specializes in M&A of technology and software companies and is also an advisor/mentor to early stage startups.

Alma mater:University of Southern California (USC)

Other Experiences:Lehman Brothers, Nomura, Solganick & Co, G220 Ventures

Managing Partner

Nisha Sachdeva

Highly driven and passionate. Nisha has 13 plus years of work experience in various verticals of Finance. In her last role at Clix Capital (An Apollo PE Portfolio company, erstwhile GE Capital), Nisha has been instrumental in growing the book by 10x. Actively involved in raising capital, investor relations and worked closely with various teams to create digital lending products. She also was the Founder at Heka, a last mile financing platform for patients and was a Co-Founder at Esgalier Advisors (an ESG advisory firm). She has worked closely with founders/CEOs to help them identify new business opportunities. Advisor to start-ups based in India & the USA. Extensive experience in asset management and structured finance. Has led Business Development and built strong and deep relationships with India’s leading business houses/founders and the investor ecosystem. Being an entrepreneur herself, she is passionate about start-ups, fund-raising and investing. A Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship & Technology from the University of Waterloo, Involved in the Student Venture Fund at the University of Waterloo, which invests in early-stage tech start-ups in Canada.

Alma mater:University of Waterloo

Other Experiences:GE Capital, Clix Capital, Edelweiss Capital

Analyst

Mitchel Liu

Prior to joining Peridot Equity, Mitchel worked for a management consulting firm, Korn Ferry, in Montreal as a research associate. He is specialized in operation optimization, corporate restructuring, and strategic development advisory. He also acquired several engineering positions with hands-on experience in manufacturing and emerging technologies.
Mitchel is a graduate of the Master of Finance from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. He also holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University.

Alma mater:Queen's University

Other Experiences:Korn Ferry

Sector Focus:B2B ERP Software

Analyst

Ashley Osiason

Ashley Osiason is a student in Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies Finance, Business Analytics, and Computer Science. Ashley is passionate about data-driven investing and believes the best decisions are built on a complete understanding and analysis of available information. Ashley currently serves as an Analyst at Peridot Equity. Additional roles include consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton and asset management with the Macquarie Group.

Outside of class and work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with friends and family, volunteer tutoring students in West Philly, and listening to podcasts. Her personal favorites include StartUp and Ted Talks Daily

Alma mater:University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Other Experiences:Booz Allen Hamilton and Macquarie Group

Sector Focus:IoT and MarTech

Associate

Muaz Elharram

Muaz has always had a passion for finance and alternative investment strategies. He is responsible for evaluating prospective investment targets and conducting detailed diligence including analysis of financials, business model and industry growth opportunities.

Alma mater:Hult International Business School

Sector Focus:IT Managed Services (MSP)

Associate

Sharvari Desai

Alma mater:UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business; IIM Calcutta

Other Experiences:PanAgora Asset Management and Edelweiss

Sector Focus:Retail Tech

Analyst

Justin Groff

Justin is responsible to source deals, identify investment opportunities in the Software industry. Prior to joining Peridot Equity, Justin worked as an Analyst at Espresso Capital, completing several venture debt transactions in the SaaS industry. Before this, he worked in buy-side Equity Research at Richardson GMP, supporting the asset management team with financial modelling and due diligence expertise.

Education:
Justin is currently completing a Masters in Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics, and a Masters in International Business at Ivey Business School. Justin also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business & Political Science (with distinction) from the University of Waterloo. He has completed the Advanced Investment Strategies (AIS) and Canadian Securities Course (CSC).

Other Experiences:Espresso Capital and Richardson GMP

Alma mater:Ivey Business School; Norwegian School of Economics; University of Waterloo

Associate

Kashika Gera

Kashika Gera is an Associate at Peridot Equity. Prior to this, Kashika was an Associate Vice President with HSBC where she looked at Transaction Banking for SMEs. She was known for her excellent new business acquisition talents. She also championed the Start Up drive for the bank wherein she focused on growth stage companies from across sectors – from B2B and SaaS to consumer and healthcare. Her work won her awards and recognition from the Country Head. Besides studying business models, Kashika loves and boasts about her CrossFit skills. She can also be found playing football in various recreation leagues across South of New Delhi. Her passion for sports began very early in life and over the years she has spent time learning new forms of sports from Golf to Parkour. With her natural sense of humor, she loves meeting new people and seeks to see something positive in everyone she meets.

Alma mater:University of Mumbai

Other Experiences:HSBC and Invest India

Sector Focus:Cybersecurity

Analyst

Sam Mahfoud

Alma mater:Ivey Business School

Other Experiences:Golden Spruce Capital; Shone Capital Partners

Analyst

Ritika Punjabi

Ritika is an Analyst at Peridot Equity. She is a Masters in Finance student at University of Illinois and also a CFA Level 3 candidate. Prior to pursuing her Masters, she worked at Deloitte in their Financial Risk team and her clients included some of the largest private and public banks in India.

When she is not working on financial models, Ritika likes to conduct research for her equities portfolio, travel, read and scuba-dive.

Alma mater:University of Illinois

Other Experiences:Deloitte

Associate

Max Rabkin

Alma mater:Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto

Other Experiences:BMO Financial Group, Raymond James, Baskin Wealth Management

Sector Focus:Business Services

Analyst

Ronak Jain

Since joining Peridot Equity LLC, Ronak has been actively involved in deal sourcing with a focus on IT-enabled services in the North America region. Ronak is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto. He holds a Hons. Bachelor of Science in Financial Economics. Outside of work, Ronak enjoys cooking, biking, playing chess, and staying up to date on current affairs.

Other Experiences:Accenture

Alma mater:University of Toronto - St. George

Associate

Shivani Deshmukh

Shivani completed her MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business school at UNC Chapel Hill, concentrating in Corporate Finance with focus areas of Business Analytics and Healthcare. Before business school, Shivani was a doctor of medicine with specialization in public medicine and has six years of experience in the field. She also worked with a non-profit in to gain management experience before joining the business school. During her MBA, she did a summer internship in investment banking at Barclays. Apart from work, she enjoys cooking and innovating with recipes and loves traveling.

Alma mater:UNC Kenan Flagler

Other Experiences:Barclays

Industry Focus:Healthcare

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