Gautam Prakash is CEO of Monsoon Capital, an alternative asset manager focused on private equity real estate investments in India. Prior to launching Monsoon Capital in 2004, Gautam was an advisor to ChrysCapital, a multi-billion-dollar private equity fund based in New Delhi. From 1993-2001, he was a venture capitalist and partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, one of the country’s oldest venture capital firms. As a General Partner, he co-led the health care practice and served on the boards of numerous portfolio companies. Prior to joining BVP, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York from 1991-1993.
As President of TiE-Boston, Gautam oversaw the largest TiECON’s in the organization’s history while also launching several Special Interest Groups (SIGs), including in life sciences, wireless, software & services, and optical & transport systems, which met monthly to provide more intimate and specific networking and learning opportunities in those fields. He also led a dedicated team of volunteers to build out three initiatives in TiE-Boston’s Lifecycle Mentoring Program, including The TiE Institute (to teach basic entrepreneurial skills in a lecture/seminar format); the TiE Venture Mentoring Service (to provide targeted, team-based mentoring specific to the needs of each entrepreneur); and the TiE Angel Forum (to assist entrepreneurs with funding requirements). Gautam also pioneered a funding model of annual sponsorships (in addition to the standard event-based sponsorships) to provide a stable and steady source of annual revenue beyond membership dues. Gautam was also a member of the Board of Trustees of TiE-Global from 2005-2006.
Gautam holds a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University with summa cum laude honors and Distinction, in Economics, graduating in 1991. Gautam served on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, The Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, from 2008-2016. He is also involved with The India Development and Relief Fund, a non-profit started by his parents which has raised over $50 million for NGOs in India at less than a 5% overhead rate, thereby maximizing the amounts actually used for charitable purposes. Gautam and his spouse, Anjali, reside in Chevy Chase, MD with their two children, Rahul and Tara.