3Lines Venture Capital invests in exceptional founders and startups working on broad disruptive themes of Future of Work, AI enabled enterprises, and Industry 4.0. The confluence and exponential growth of intelligence, automation, and mobility technologies will be disruptive and reshape our work and lives. We are currently investing out of our second fund and looking at innovation ecosystems both in the US and India, with a plan to deploy about 30% of our capital in India using our second fund.
Future workforce is distributed, continuously retooling, and agile; and future workplace is a mix of real and virtual collaborative global workspaces.
Future enterprise is an AI-assisted organization with nearly half of business decisions or business processes powered by machine learning or cognition engines.
Future industry is intelligent with sensing networks and computing platforms to optimize industrial operations. India has the opportunity to leapfrog here.
Founder & General Partner
Krishna Kunapuli is the Founder and General Partner of 3Lines. As a successful investor, Krishna has advised Future Venture Capital of Japan in their investment thesis research and capital formation of a $300M fund in India. Over the past more than five years, he has been a lead investor in several high profile technology companies. Krishna is a certified Venture Capital Executive from UC Berkeley and has access to Silicon Valley VC firms through his prior investments and his Berkeley Alumni network.
Krishna brings in an investment expertise in early stage companies and enormous energy in venture fund management, investor relations, screening disruptive startups and performing an extremely thorough pre-investment due diligence. Krishna has a long experience in founding and co-founding startup companies, for example, a software research firm StarpathIT, a social media insights platform, WebPresence, and an online SaaS business.
With two decades of experience in customer facing software solution and product development for large enterprises including Comcast, Software AG, Boeing and Oracle, Krishna has had a deep and broad knowledge of all major technologies- Artificial Intelligence, Big Data management, Machine Learning, E-commerce, Mobile Applications and Logistics Software Systems, to list a few. With this unique blend of experience in large enterprises, startup companies and venture capital investment, Krishna’s skills have been honed to handle periscopic tools needed to look beyond the horizon as well as to use the microscopic tools required to do a thorough due-diligence before writing a check to the founders of early stage companies.
Kamalesh Dwivedi is a General Partner at 3Lines Venture Capital and a mentor and business advisor to early-stage startup companies in the US and in India. He is the driving force behind mentorBaba.co, a super-ecosystem for startups and his current technology interests and investments span over a broad spectrum of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Software Defined Networking and Blockchain based distributed applications.
Kamalesh has been an Information Technology Executive with over twenty years as a CIO of several global corporations in their transformative phases in the US and Japan and has done business in all major economies of the world.
As a CIO, he has led IT organizations during periods of profound changes in the companies’ business models, their scale and several dozens of merger and acquisitions. Whether it was the epochal move to broadband in the cable and telco industries in the 1990’s or the rapid globalization and a productivity improvement, driven by technology, in the BPO industry in early 2000’s in the US and Japan, Kamalesh has waded along the transformational vectors and through the change vortices. He has helped create high investment returns in portfolio companies of global Private Equity firms. Earlier in his career, Kamalesh led engineering and manufacturing organizations in Canada.
Kamalesh holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT Kanpur, a Master of Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and has completed the Program for Management Development (PMD) from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Ashish Jain is very experienced in helping founders and early-stage companies build high-performance teams and gain early traction with customers. Most recently, Ashish was a Managing Director at GE Ventures, where he co-created three industrial IoT and AI startups. Avitas Systems, industrial inspections and asset integrity management company, was acquired by Baker Hughes GE. AiRXOS, a digital airspace and unmanned aerial vehicle traffic management company, was acquired by GE Aviation. GE Current, a digital platform for energy and distributed power management, was acquired by Private Equity firm American Industrial Partners.
Ashish Jain’s strategic focus areas include IoT, Analytics, Robotics, AI, Mobile and Distributed Computing, Networking, and Enterprise Software. Ashish’s career began at Bellcore as a Research Scientist. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
3Lines Fund I Portfolio Company OverwatchID Acquired by Sailpoint. OverwatchID is a first Converged Cloud-Based Identity Security Platform that protects SMEs from data breaches. The SaaS solution is quickly configurable on the cloud, and easily manageable by security operations. OverwatchID was acquired by SailPoint(NYSE:SAIL) in October 2019.