An Angel in New York: Kal Vepuri



Investor and entrepreneur Kal Vepuri has funded or acquired over 60 businesses through The Trisiras Group, where he is both founder and chairman.  Since 2009, the international holding company has supported transformative technology, healthcare, financial services and consumer goods businesses ranging from tech startups to mature operators.  He typically invests in 6 to 8 startups, at $150,000 to $500,000, a year.  Vepuri’s work as an entrepreneur and investor spans from New York to Mumbai.

A Fulbright Scholar, Vepuri earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, where he began developing technology businesses. He continued the venture upon graduation, while also consulting for Bain & Co. and investing at Thomas H. Lee Capital/Lee Equity Partners.

Vepuri now focuses on working with engineers, founders and management teams to build innovative technology, healthcare and consumer product companies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Angel Fund:

Founder and Chairman at The Trisiras Group (Founded in 2009)

Sector Focus:

Technology, Healthcare, Financial Services and Consumer Goods.

Selected Investments:

Warby Parker, DuckDuckGo, DotCloud, TaskRabbit, Simple, Listia, Abine, MileWise, StepOut, Hitpost, Art.sy, Science Exchange, Lovely, Perceptual Networks, Rapportive, Balanced, Topguest, Dispatch, Skillslate, Simperium, ADstruc, Crowdtilt, SeatGeek, Tinfoil Security, SocialWire, Giftly, Days by Wander, ZenPayroll, Movity, MongoHQ, Makerbot, Karma, 42Floors, Immunomic Therapeutics, Locately, Dataminr, E la Carte, Orbotix, Meteor, Trulia, FancyHands, Singly, SmartThings, Harry’s, Elepath, Pepperdata, Oyster, Soft Tissue Regeneration, Sweetgreen, Locus Energy, NY Distilling Company, Procured Health.


Procured Health

Expertise Areas:

Engineering, Computer Programming, Technology, Healthcare, Consumer Products.

Blogs, Twitter & Websites:


Memorable Quotes:

On how startups are like families:  “A business is like a marriage, so pick a co-founder that you could really be married to.  That would be my one piece of advice, because it’s really hard to raise a family with broken parents.”

What he considers the next disruptive technology:  “I think a lot of people are looking at mobile technology, but I actually believe that more traditional e-commerce needs a lot of work.  I personally have a list of about 50 different e-commerce verticals that I’ve wanted to see companies innovate in and, at some point or another, if I don’t find companies innovating in them, I’m going to find people and put them around the idea and hopefully they’ll be able to start a business in those verticals.  I think e-commerce is just still archaic and we’re in the bottom of the first inning.”

How TechStars has rewired New York:  “It gives a sense of unity.  It’s basically taken all these different pieces and allowed them to form one voice around helping young companies form and grow, and helping the leaders of those businesses have a support system that can help them scale.”


About the author: Emily Roland

Emily is a recent graduate from The University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. While at Ole Miss, Emily worked at The Daily Mississippian newspaper, most recently as editor-in-chief. She is currently focused on copy-editing at AlleyWatch.

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