Backing gritty founders who are solving real problems

We support innovative technology startups through early capital, deep operating expertise, global networks and a personal sounding board.

Philosophy

1. Executing a Fresh Investing Approach

Operators Studio is a new kind of venture-building model supporting businesses that use technology smartly to solve on-ground operating business problems, irrespective of prevailing market trends. We invest at a nascent stage and provide founders with deep operating expertise, global networks and a personal sounding board.

2. Believing in Practical Tech Innovation

Operators Studio was born out of frustration of seeing only a specific template of startups getting majority access to success-driving inputs from the venture ecosystem. As a result, an entire gamut of tech businesses that aim to solve current real needs, and are uniquely innovative, get completely overlooked due to preconceived biases.

3. Putting the Customer’s Problem First

We believe in startups that use technological innovation to solve important present problems for the world. These customer centric businesses can often be built to be economically-viable without overt dependence on external capital - and in the process, generate solid financial returns and entrepreneurial gratification for all stakeholders over the long term.

4. Backing Tech Warriors

We look for founders and teams that are in it for the long haul. Tech warriors that are visionary, humble, resourceful and believers in deep execution. We like to be in the trenches with entrepreneurs, who keep users at the centre, and believe in creating sustainable value for the world.

Helping founders where they need it the most...

Operating Guidance

Deep-dive product sessions, go-to-market strategy, hiring, user acquisition, customer introductions, pitch decks, investor connects, exit discussions.

Global Expansion

Helping companies go global via access to market knowledge, business expertise and networks across the “tripod” - USA, India and China.

Patient Capital

It takes at least a decade for a business to realize its true potential. We take an "evergreen" approach, supporting founders for whatever time it takes for them to realize their vision.

Soumitra Sharma (Founder)

Operators Studio was founded by Soumitra Sharma, a seasoned tech operator & investor with deep experience across the "tripod" - USA, India and China. Having worked in top firms such as Alibaba Group, IDG Ventures, Citigroup Investment Banking and Deloitte, he has built and launched products, closed large partnerships, taken businesses global and advised on investments across early, growth and late stages.

Some marquee investments ($2bn+) by Soumitra during his career include:

Companies

Past Investments: Senseihub, Exploride, Cardback, Arfifacia

Blog

Soumitra Sharma | July 15

How to think about building features at the beta stage?

It’s been an interesting journey for me as a product person, building Workomo over last few months. Having anchored the company mission on…

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Introducing Workomo — smart simple professional relationships management

Am excited to share the private beta launch of the product I have been building over last few months — Workomo.

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Low burn is a career superpower

Living costs are increasing rapidly across major economic cities globally, be it SF, NY, Sydney, Shanghai, Bangalore or London. A key…

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How Silicon Valley startup narratives fool us

One big realization I have had as a founder over last year or so — all Silicon Valley startup narrative is post-facto. Both founders and…

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News & Updates

Jul 24, 2019

Beautiful - already experiencing a lot of these emotions as a 2.5 yr old parent 😊 https://t.co/sjkHVJgSPM

@soumitra_sharma

Jul 23, 2019

@Superhuman He has articulated each step in painstaking detail, with all execution nuances. Must, must read! Will incorporate lot of these learnings as I build @workomo #workomo #godeeperwithyournetwork #superhumanplaybook #productadvice

@soumitra_sharma

Jul 23, 2019

For all product founders & PMs, if you have to just read one article today, please read this one by @Superhuman founder Rahul Vohra on how he built a process for achieving PMF. This is pretty much a product startup execution playbook https://t.co/AuhyRcDqJX #productmarketfit

@soumitra_sharma