principal, grishin robotics
Ashish has 13+ years of experience as an operator, entrepreneur, and investor. Ashish is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build and scale startups, investing in startups in the consumer, robotics, smart hardware, and AI/ML sectors at Grishin Robotics. Ashish led investments in category-defining deals such as Zume and Yellow, and worked with the portfolio companies on hiring, distribution, and fundraising.
Before that, Ashish led M&A and corporate strategy for Opera Software, where he oversaw transactions worth hundreds of millions. Ashish worked in marketing analytics for consumer and enterprise products at Dell. At Yahoo!, he built large-scale enterprise infrastructure for advertising products. leading service-engineering teams to design dev-ops systems and architecting complex advertising systems.
Ashish started two companies for the Indian market, one in e-commerce and the other in the social live TV space. He has worked as an investor for OCA Ventures in Chicago. Ashish is an advisor to various startups, VC funds, family offices, and accelerators globally. He also has been an editor for YourStory.com. He has lived and worked in many countries.
Ashish holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and London Business School, a MEM with a focus on design thinking from McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, and a BE in Information Science from RVCE, India. In his spare time, Ashish loves understanding how to develop inclusive communities, traveling to new countries, and learning about new technologies.