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Romulus focuses on building great companies.

With roots at MIT and Harvard, Romulus Capital is young, entrepreneurial, and established. We have a powerful investor base from around the world. Romulus was started by passionate entrepreneurs like yourself and is not a second career; we utilize our deep expertise at the seed stage, strategic focus, and global networks to help build technology businesses.

We are uniquely positioned to help early-stage companies engineer strong foundations and to partner with them through every battle, charging toward successful outcomes.

We‘re hungry like you.

We need to see businesses with the potential to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in a 5-year time horizon. That involves a world-class team, large market opportunity, and a sustainable competitive advantage. More on our interests below:

Case Studies

  • E la Carte

    “Romulus has been an incredible partner to our growth in many ways – we could not have gotten started or won the Applebee’s deal without their support. They’re a very entrepreneurial group.” - Raj Suri, CEO


    E la Carte came into being when Raj and his friends spent 30 minutes splitting a check at dinner. Partnered with Romulus, he dropped out of MIT and set out to improve the casual dining experience. We spent months living at The Asgard Irish Pub understanding the problem and building a superior product. Fast-forward through Y-Combinator, a Series A with Lightspeed, a Series B with Intel, and a historic nationwide deal with Applebee’s to deploy 100,000 tablets, and the company is on track to disrupt a very traditional, multibillion dollar industry.

  • Placester

    “It was clear to me from the first time I met Romulus that I had met a partner. More then just an investor, they had a desire to building our kind of company and shared our vision for building a big business. They had the same strategic vision, a relentless focus on execution, and an extensive base of experience. In short, they were a perfect fit for our culture. Together, we’ve set this ship on an exciting course.” - Matt Barba, CEO


    Matt was working his way through college as a real estate agent and realized there were several things broken in the industry. Shortly thereafter, he co-founded Placester, joined Techstars, and partnered with Romulus. Romulus has worked closely with the company to navigate an industry waking up to the impact of technology. Today, Placester is the largest provider of real estate websites in the country and has signed a nationwide deal with a top 5 media company to deploy their platform to millions of buyers, renters and sellers in all major markets. This is just the beginning of an ambitious partnership.

  • Disruptor Beam

    “I really wanted to work with a partner, not an investor. Someone who would help us build our business, keep us honest, be creative about the opportunity, have the same fire that we have every day. I’ve worked with many firms in the past, but Romulus stands out.” - Jon Radoff, CEO


    Disruptor Beam was the idea of a pioneer in narrative social gaming who had IPOed his previous startup. Jon partnered with Romulus to disrupt a troubled industry soon after we brought him his first engineer. The company procured an exclusive license from HBO to produce the social game for Game of Thrones and it was a huge success. Romulus was closely involved in product analytics/management during the game development process. Armed with a pipeline of other top-tier media licenses, the company is building a new genre of midcore social gaming.

  • Ginger.io

    “We had a world-class technology and team, but creating a successful business requires so much more. Romulus believed in us in the earliest days and helped us put missing pieces together. They’re good people, and they think like a startup because they were one.” - Anmol Madan, CEO


    Ginger.io spun out of Anmol’s PhD research at the MIT Media Lab. By applying machine learning to mobile sensor data, the company builds a ‘check-engine light’ for a person’s behavior and health. Romulus was the first partner to Ginger.io and worked on the B2B vs B2C strategy, its early customers, and team-building. Since then, the company has raised additional financing from Techstars, True Ventures and Khosla Ventures. Ginger.io is one of the leading population management solutions across the country, used by 20+ hospital systems and healthcare institutions. The company is considered a pioneering leader in mobile data analytics for healthcare, and was listed a one of 50 CNBC Distruptors in 2013.

Portfolio

Team

Neil Chheda,

Co-founder and General Partner

Neil is a partner at Romulus Capital. As a former product manager and entrepreneur, Neil loves partnering with entrepreneurs to build teams and products at the earliest stages of a business.

Prior to Romulus, Neil was a product manager at Zynga, where spent most of his time building products for Farmville which have since reached hundreds of millions of users. He also spent time at McKinsey and founded a healthcare company that provides innovative anesthesiology service solutions. Neil is an avid scuba diver and private pilot, but when he’s on the ground, he focuses on investments in internet, mobile, and healthcare companies.

Neil received an A.B. in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Krishna K. Gupta,

Founder and General Partner

Krishna founded Romulus Capital while an undergrad with the intent of building technology businesses out of the MIT and Harvard ecosystems. Over the years he has worked across many industries, leading Romulus to regularly be the first institutional partner of seed-stage companies. He particularly enjoys partnering with companies with a B2B angle and innovative technology or science at the core of their value proposition.

Prior to Romulus, Krishna spent time at McKinsey & Company and JPMorgan, where he helped execute billion-dollar M&A deals in technology, media, and telecom. He has also conducted physical chemistry research at the University of Chicago and the Weizmann Institute in Israel, produced a film on ancient history in England used at Oxford and Cambridge, adventured in conflict zones in India, and competed at the USA Mathematics Olympiad. He’s a keen sports fan (football, basketball, tennis, and cricket), is a student of political and military history, and finds the arts a great way to relax and discover.

Krishna received SB degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover.

Anantshree Chaturvedi,

Anant co-founded Romulus Capital and has extensive cross-border experience in manufacturing, retail, and IT. He is particularly interested in consumer-oriented and advanced manufacturing companies and is based in New York City.

Anant is President of Flexfilms USA and Director of Uflex Industries, which includes one of the world’s largest polyester film companies and India’s largest flexible packaging company. He has led Uflex’s entry into the US, spearheading a $250M investment into a greenfield manufacturing facility. He has previously led large projects in the UAE, Egypt, Mexico, Russia, Poland, Brazil, Israel, Nigeria, and Gambia. He also has experience as a management consultant at Accenture and was involved in the early days of DuBiotech, the major life sciences cluster in the Middle East. He loves to travel and is an avid patron of the arts with a particular weakness for cinema, theatre and performance arts; in 2013, he produced a critically-acclaimed short film “EMIT” that was accepted into more than 25 film festivals.

Anant received a BS in Entrepreneurship from Babson College and is a graduate of Institut Le Rosey.

Tewfik Cassis,

Associate

Tewfik rejoined Romulus in 2013 as our on-campus associate for Harvard Business School where he is currently pursuing his MBA. Tewfik had previously been part of the founding team of Romulus and served as an associate from 2008 – 2010.

Most recently, Tewfik served as Head of Business Development for Roominate, an educational toy company based in Palo Alto, aimed at closing the gender gap in STEM fields. Prior to that he worked for McKinsey’s Dubai office as a Business Analyst, focusing on Telecommunications, Marketing and Sales projects. He also worked for Etisalat Misr to build out their digital marketing platform.

Tewfik received a BSc in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Cairo American College.

Uday Singh,

Associate

Uday joined Romulus Capital in the summer of 2013. He is interested in disruptive technology revolving around the crowd, data, operating systems, and heuristics. Uday particularly enjoys studying emerging markets and how the growth of technology factors into infrastructure development.

Uday is very involved in the start-up scene in New York, dividing his time between creating ideas and helping others develop theirs, especially as a designer. He is an active member of Columbia Venture Community, Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, and is generally plugged into Columbia’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Uday has lived in the UK, the UAE, and India, bringing with him a very global perspective.

Uday is studying Computer Science at Columbia College and was School President at Phillips Academy Andover.

William Souillard-Mandar,

Associate

William joined Romulus Capital in 2013 and has been involved in sourcing investments and working with portfolio companies. He is particularly interested in innovation in healthcare, wearable computing, and lifestyle, as well as in companies that aim to optimize established industries to improve inefficiencies.

William gathered experience working on network coding at the MIT Research Lab of Electronics, network dynamics at the MIT Media Lab, and currently at the MIT CSAIL where he is working on machine learning applications to medicine. He has worked at Oracle and in trading. Originally from France and having lived in Spain, he is also interested in the European start-up ecosystem.

William did his undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science there.

Mei Zuo,

Associate

Mei joined Romulus Capital in 2010 and helps portfolio companies explore a range of strategic issues such as funding, competitive positioning, and entering new markets.

At the International Monetary Fund, Mei analyzed macroeconomic risk in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Division. And recently she worked on the “Ostalgia” exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.  Leveraging her global macro experience, Mei is passionate about understanding creative capital and innovations in digital media, and she works closely with the Media Lab. She spent the first half of her life in Mexico.

Mei is studying Comparative Media Studies and Management at MIT.

Rayyan Islam,

Associate

Rayyan joined Romulus Capital in 2014 as a campus associate in the Austin area and has been involved in sourcing investments and working with portfolio companies. He is particularly interested in innovation in consumer, software, sustainability, data, artificial intelligence and aerospace. From Austin, TX, Rayyan is passionate about helping grow the spurring Austin startup ecosystem.

Rayyan is an entrepreneur who helped take to market the world’s first electronic hookah scaling it to global distribution and nearly $10M in annual revenue in just two years while in college. He’s also a co-founder of a stealth artificial intelligence startup. Previously, Rayyan spent time at Deloitte doing strategy consulting in their emerging markets practice as well as with Lazard and Deloitte Corporate Finance doing middle market investment banking. Rayyan moved into venture capital to help other entrepreneurs build disruptive valuable companies at the early stage, first working with Wasabi Ventures as an analyst and more recently as a venture fellow with 406 Ventures. In his free time, Rayyan enjoys adventure sports, soccer, speaking engagements at tech conferences like SXSW and is currently working on getting his private pilot’s license. Rayyan loves to write and maintains an active blog with his work featured on the Huffington Post, Business Insider, AlleyWatch, Elite Daily and more.

Rayyan is studying Economics at Baylor University.

Angela Zhang,

Associate

Angela joined Romulus Capital in 2012. Her main areas of interests include consumer Internet, mobile applications, and energy. With her technical and business background, she helps identify investment opportunities and works closely with companies in the portfolio.

Angela has extensive experience working for a well-funded Boston-based startup and is co-founding an Android App startup aimed at improving the experience of going to restaurants with friends. As an undergraduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab, she works to create a virtual platform that will help people interview better. In addition, she is actively involved in many organizations on campus, including the Sloan Business Club, Solar Electric Vehicle Team, and the Energy Conference Organizing Team. She has spent the majority of her life in China.

Angela is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Anuv Ratan,

Associate

Anuv joined Romulus Capital in 2012 where he works extensively to source investments, perform due-diligence, and work alongside portfolio companies on business and tech decisions. He is particularly interested in start-ups that try to optimize online user experiences, be it in retail or gaming. He enjoys seeing and contributing to startups’ journey from idea to company.

His background with business development and outreach at The Blackstone Group, business consulting at The Illuminate Consulting Group, and web consulting at his own company Com.Pass enable him to bring an entrepreneurial perspective to the table. He spent the first half of his life in the Netherlands.

Anuv is studying Computer Science and Neurobiology at Harvard College.

Andrew Liu,

Associate

Andrew joined Romulus Capital in 2012 and hails from Palo Alto, bringing a Valley-borne perspective to sourcing businesses and impacting portfolio companies. He is interested in innovative business and technology solutions to chronic inefficiencies and in lagging industries, as well as startups solving problems in big data and recommendation, healthcare IT, and education.

Andrew built his experience in machine learning through the Netflix Prize, DNA sequencing at Halcyon Molecular, finance at Jump Trading, and genomics as a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and bioinformatician at Stanford. He enjoys fostering the Harvard startup community as a board member of Hack Harvard, Harvard College Venture Partners, and the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum. Beyond these pursuits, he seeks to share ideas and visions for the world with others, whether as a TEDx speaker or in daily conversations with his peers and mentors on both coasts.

Andrew is studying Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard College.

Sebastian Leon,

Associate

Sebastián joined Romulus Capital in 2012 and has been involved in sourcing investments and conducting due diligence. He is fascinated by innovation in the mobile and big data space, and has a keen interest startup activity abroad and bringing ideas to new markets.

Sebastián’s experience includes working with virality and product management at Brazil’s Peixe Urbano, marketing and social media at NYC’s Collectrium, and software development at the MIT Media Lab. Keen to talk about disruptive ideas over a cup of coffee, he thoroughly enjoys meeting other entrepreneurs. Originally from Ecuador, growing up in three different continents has given him a global perspective on discovering fresh opportunities.

Sebastián is studying Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Management Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Joël Ornstein,

Chairman of the Board

Joel has extensive experience advising world-class private equity and venture capital firms and managers. Born in France and having started his career in financial services on both sides of the Atlantic, Joel stepped into alternative investments in 1989 when he established Majorn Corp., as a joint venture partner of The Carlyle Group and France-based Euris-Rallye group. He was instrumental in Carlyle’s early growth, working closely with the firm’s founders; indeed, he was an investment advisory committee member with Carlyle I, II, and III. He then embarked on a 25-year multi-billion dollar deployment program of seed, fund, and direct corporate investments covering hundreds of emerging asset managers in the US, Europe, and globally. Joel holds post-graduate degrees from ESCP Europe, City University London, University of Dusseldorf, and MIT Sloan School of Management. He sits on several MIT Sloan boards.

Company News

Disruptor Beam raises $3M Series A
November 19, 2014 | Read Article >

Estify Raises $1.5 Million To Roll Out Insurance Software For Auto Repair
October 03, 2014 | Read Article >

Cohealo raises $9 million to finance hospital-market expansion
October 01, 2014 | Read Article >

E la Carte Raises $35M to Expand Pay-at-the-Table Technology
September 25, 2014 | Read Article >

Inman News: Real estate agents can launch a site under 5 minutes with Placester
September 04, 2014 | Read Article >

CEO of E la Carte: The New Era of Smart Dining
September 01, 2014 | Read Article >

How to create meaningful user experiences online and on mobile devices
June 04, 2014 | Read Article >

Placester raises $5.5M Series A from Romulus, scores deal with Hearst
April 22, 2014 | Read Article >

Disruptor Beam and Kongregate announce publishing partnership for Game of Thrones: Ascent mobile
March 10, 2014 | Read Article >

Classpass launches in Boston, offers membership to over 50 gyms
March 04, 2014 | Read Article >

How Sociometric Solutions saved Bank of America $15M
February 25, 2014 | Read Article >

Fitocracy named one of the world's Top 10 most innovative fitness companies
February 18, 2014 | Read Article >

Evolv, Sociometric Solutions pioneering data analytics for employees and enterprise
February 17, 2014 | Read Article >

Ginger.io named one of world's Top 10 most innovative healthcare companies
February 13, 2014 | Read Article >

Classpass founder Payal Kadakia on Bloomberg TV
February 11, 2014 | Read Article >

Estify: the startup disrupting the auto collision industry
January 24, 2014 | Read Article >

E la Carte: The right way to go after big clients
January 11, 2014 | Read Article >

E la Carte revolutionizing Applebee's and the casual dining industry
January 05, 2014 | Read Article >

E la Carte raises $13.5M from Intel Capital and Romulus Capital for its . . .
January 03, 2014 | Read Article >

Gyft now lets you buy Victoria's Secret lingerie with bitcoins
December 24, 2013 | Read Article >

Interview with Docphin's Mitesh Patel
December 19, 2013 | Read Article >

Sociometric Solutions: the case for wearing productivity sensors on the job
December 19, 2013 | Read Article >

Disruptor Beam named Facebook staff favorite game for 2013
December 09, 2013 | Read Article >

E la Carte's 100,000 tablet deployment is largest-ever to private enterprise
December 03, 2013 | Read Article >

E la Carte to tablets to all Applebee's locations
December 02, 2013 | Read Article >

Estify wins FastPitch Competition at the 2013 LA Auto Show
November 20, 2013 | Read Article >

Smart Lunches takes a bite out of the boring school lunch
October 06, 2013 | Read Article >

Romulus leads $1.5M round in Cohealo to help hospitals manage medical equipment
October 03, 2013 | Read Article >

Classtivity named one of top 50 New York startups
September 28, 2013 | Read Article >

Romulus Capital and ffVentures back Estify to disrupt auto collision industry
September 27, 2013 | Read Article >

Gyft raises $5M Series A, has gift cards worth $10M uploaded to date
September 25, 2013 | Read Article >

Gyft launches online gift card registry for weddings
September 11, 2013 | Read Article >

Vinod Khosla highlights Ginger.io as he discusses the future of healthcare
September 11, 2013 | Read Article >

Smart Lunches delivering healthier food to schools
September 08, 2013 | Read Article >

Estify leads enterprise SaaS ecosysten in Southern California
August 19, 2013 | Read Article >

Jon Radoff on the tricks of social gameplay in Game of Thrones: Ascent
August 08, 2013 | Read Article >

Placester unveils platform to help developers build real estate websites and applications
July 16, 2013 | Read Article >

Smart Lunches Raises $1.6 Million in Advance of New School Year
June 27, 2013 | Read Article >

Romulus Capital and Google Ventures invest in Disruptor Beam
June 18, 2013 | Read Article >

Bombfell delivers style to men who don't want to go shopping
June 04, 2013 | Read Article >

Placester named one top 50 real estate technology companies
May 30, 2013 | Read Article >

Ginger.io named to CNBC's list of 50 most disruptive companies
May 16, 2013 | Read Article >

Fitocracy named one of New York City's Top 10 Startups by Time
April 29, 2013 | Read Article >

Placester raises $2.5M round led by Romulus Capital
April 29, 2013 | Read Article >

Aidin named Grand Prize winner of GE's Hospital Quest Competition
March 04, 2013 | Read Article >

Bloomberg TV: Krishna with Steve Forbes
November 24, 2014 | Read Article >

WSJ Weekend Read: Global Investors Can Teach the U.S. About Building Startups
July 03, 2014 | Read Article >

TechCrunch: Venture investors begin to drill in to oil deals
June 19, 2014 | Read Article >

Bloomberg TV: Krishna discussing immigration reform, Romulus, and startup valuations
June 12, 2014 | Read Article >

Boston Business Journal: Meet Krishna Gupta: The 26-year-old MIT alum behind VC firm Romulus Capital
June 05, 2014 | Read Article >

BostInno: 26-Year-Old MIT Alum Raises $50M For His Own Venture Firm
June 04, 2014 | Read Article >

Dow Jones: Romulus Capital Closes Second Early-Stage Fund at $50M
June 04, 2014 | Read Article >

Xconomy: Romulus Looks to Redefine Seed-Stage VC With $50M Fund
June 04, 2014 | Read Article >

Business Insider: This 26-Year-Old Is Raising $50 Million To Fund His VC Firm
June 01, 2014 | Read Article >

Dow Jones: Romulus Capital Seeks $50M Second Seed Fund
May 01, 2013 | Read Article >

Hindustan Times: Romulus in a venture to make capital out of ideas
January 23, 2013 | Read Article >

Contact

For the modern entrepreneur whose insight and ambition are imperial in nature, Romulus is truly a unique seed-stage partner. Regardless of which industry you dream about, we would love to offer you our thoughts. If you have an idea for a business we’d like to hear from you.


ideas@romuluscap.com
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Cambridge, MA 02142