Dr. Kanakia has been a general partner at Columbia Capital, a Venture Firm based in East Coast of USA, primarily focused on early-stage technology investments. Before joining Columbia Capital, he was founder and CEO of Torrent Networking Technology, (which was acquired by Ericsson for $500 M) and co-founder of Photuris (acquired by Meriton) and Gemplex, inc. (acquired by Tata Telesystems). Previously, Dr. Kanakia served on the Board of Directors of many private companies as well as on the board of trustees for Virginia Tech and Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Hemant Kanakia is currently focused on mentoring young entrepreneurs in India through India Angel networks and has invested in 18 early stage companies since January 2010. These are in the sectors ranging from education, technology and healthcare.