Meet the team
Founder and Managing Partner
Sudheer Kuppam is Founder and Managing Partner of Epsilon Venture Partners, a VC and growth equity firm, focused on technology opportunities across South Asia and SE Asia.
Previously, Sudheer Kuppam was a Managing Director at Intel Capital overseeing investments in Asia Pacific region. Sudheer was part of the investment committee that approved all investments in the region. Based out of India, Sudheer managed a team of investment professionals located in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Seoul, Taipei & Tokyo. He was also responsible for the $250M Intel Capital India technology fund. Under his leadership, Sudheer and his team invested over $600M in the region and drove multiple exits for Intel Capital globally, including Focaltech (Taiwan) - IPO; V-cube (Japan) - IPO; Montage (China) - IPO (Nasdaq); Aspeed (Taiwan) - IPO; MCX (India) - IPO; Skymedi (Taiwan) - IPO; Powertech (Taiwan) - PIPE deal; Epichem (UK) - Acquired by SIAL; Clearshape (US) - Acquired by Cadence; Trichem (Japan) - IPO; FPT (Vietnam) - IPO; ADA Cellworks (Malaysia) - Acquired by GTL India; Persistent (India) - IPO; Dealmates (Malaysia) - IPO; Crossing (US) - Acquired by Brooks; WSO2 (Sri Lanka) - Acquired by PE firm; PayTM (India) - Acquired by PE firm; Policybazaar.com (India) - Acquired by a PE firm.
Over the years, Sudheer held multiple board positions in Intel Capital's global portfolio. Currently, Sudheer is a director on the boards of FarmTaaza (India), Pi Datacenters (India) & Zebi (India). Sudheer was a selection committee member of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers program.
Sudheer joined Intel Capital in 2000. Prior to Intel Capital, Sudheer was an Engineering Manager overseeing R&D, manufacturing and HVM transfer in Intel's Technology & Manufacturing Group. Prior to joining Intel, Sudheer was a process development engineer at LSI Logic.
Sudheer has a Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
Jack Han is a strategic advisor for Epsilon group of funds. Previously, he worked at Intel Capital for ten years. As a country director, he led Korea team, being responsible for operation of investment activities in Korea. He actively managed portfolio companies as a board member to evaluate business plan, operating performances, advise on business developments, and consult in strategic restructuring. He achieved high returns via 6 IPOs and 2 M&A deals.
Prior to Intel capital, Jack was the head of IT investment team at Samsung Venture Capital, Samsung Group's investment arm. He undertook strategic venture investing for Samsung Electronics and other Samsung affiliates. He consulted with business groups to identify strategic fit and synergy with companies under review. He also sourced new business opportunities and technology for Samsung Electronics and its affiliated companies. He was selected as Samsung's best investment manager.
Prior to his career in investment field, he worked at Samsung Electronics' diverse business units. He executed sales & marketing strategy to penetrate into overseas market and developed product strategy. Jack received his MBA from Sloan School at MIT and has a bachelor of science in electronic telecommunication from Hanyang University.
Mahesh Vaidya is a General Partner of Epsilon Venture Partners, a VC and growth equity firm focused on technology opportunities across South and SE Asia. Currently, Mahesh is a Director on the boards of FarmTaaza (India) and Pi Datacenters (India).
Mahesh joined Intel Capital in 2008 to invest in opportunities in India, and had been able to deploy capital in a carefully selected and concentrated portfolio. In spite of the challenging environment for portfolio liquidity, Mahesh has been able to drive liquidity events for Intel Capital in the form of exits such as Policybazaar, the leading online site in India for the comparison and purchase of insurance policies. His other investments at Intel Capital include Snapdeal, the leading online market-place in India. He has also worked with Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, and was focused on opportunities in the cloud infrastructure and Big Data sectors. In that period, he led Intel Capital’s investment in Talena, a “big data” management company, and also participated in an investment in ElasticBox, a cloud application management company that was subsequently acquired by CenturyLink.
Mahesh began his investment career as an MBA Intern in the International Finance Corporation's Internet Development Unit, where he performed valuation analysis, researched regulatory issues, assisted in term sheet negotiations, and evaluated numerous business proposals ranging from a coffee exchange in Colombia to an Internet service provider in Estonia. After attending business school, Mahesh began working with GF Private Equity Group, a component company of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe's Growth Fund, where he was part of the founding team for the private equity investment program. Since its formation, GF Private Equity Group has been able to grow AUM to over USD 500 million, and has had multiple successful realizations. At GF Private Equity Group, Mahesh sourced and led investments in companies such as Redline Communications Inc. (IPO on TSX), Adamas Pharmaceuticals (IPO on Nasdaq), and Venda (Acquired by NetSuite).
Earlier in his career, Mahesh had worked as a Software Engineer with CitiCorp Overseas Software Ltd., and has wide-ranging experience in the information technology services industry. He has worked for companies in the financial services and enterprise software sectors in India, Japan, Singapore, and the United States.
Mahesh received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has a Graduate degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India.