An Angel in New York: Ron Shah


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Ron Shah is the founder and managing partner of Jina Ventures, where team members are known as “Jinas.”  The Jinas, which in ancient Sanskrit means “conquerors of obstacles,” have been operating since 2003.  The private equity firm focuses on international markets and has garnered over $100 million in capital for its clientele.  In 2005, the firm’s first India-focused private equity fund was launched, making 12 investments and 11 exits by 2008.  A few of the companies that the firm has contributed to include Hindustan Lever, M&R Engineering and MakeMyTrip.com.  The firm is currently focused on secondary and special situations investments in the emerging markets.

Aside from his work at Jina Ventures, Shah is also an angel investor, personally investing in companies such as Songza and Directr.

Prior to founding Jina Ventures, Shah worked in the M&A department at Trenwith Group, LLC and completed international transactions for Hewlett Packard and Kodak, amongst others.  Shah also served as principal for Quantum/Resurgence Capital and led over 45 private equity investments including those focused on media, software, consumer products and biotechnology.

Since 2010, he has been an on-air contributor for CNBC appearing on Trading the Globe, The Kudlow Report, Squawk on the Street, Morning Call and Fast Money.  That same year he made M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40” recognition list.  He received a BBA in marketing and finance from George Washington University and got his MBA in corporate finance and strategy from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

VC Firm:

Founder and Managing Partner at Jina Ventures (Founded in 2003)


Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software, Health Care, Technology, Mobile.

Selected Investments:

Oral Fixation
Scojo Vision

Swiss Pharma Contract sold to Covance for an undisclosed amount


Expertise Areas:
Private Equity, Emerging Markets, Corporate Finance, Hedge Funds, Valuation, Life Sciences, Industrials.

Blogs, Twitter & Websites:


Memorable Quotes:

On the state of outsourcing (2010):  “High margin work is now shifting over to India… high margin work used to be our bread and butter and that’s really the strength of this economy, so I have issues with commodity work coming back here and high margin work going over there.”

On putting money to work overseas (2011):  “If you want to participate in the space the best way to play is with technology.  Bet on emerging market companies that have R&D and technology development.”



About the author: Stephanie Santana

After receiving a dual degree in magazine journalism and anthropology, Stephanie moved to Korea to teach English to elementary students for two years. During her time there, she started a website for salsa dancing in Korea, BusanSalsafied.com. She is currently an editorial assistant at AlleyWatch and is happy to back in New York at an exciting time for startups.  She likes to document her experiences here: stephaniesantana.tumblr.com.

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