Kanwal was the first Silicon Valley Indo-American Founder & CEO to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ. He then became high profile super-angel while co-founding and leading TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) into the largest global mentoring network for Indian entrepreneurs. Kanwal has co-invested and worked with John for 20 years and they founded Inventus in 2007 to institutionalize their high-conviction early stage approach to help Founders build category defining companies.
At Inventus, Kanwal has led the investments or been on the Boards of Assured Risk, FundsIndia, Poshmark, StatX, Sierra Atlantic (ACQ: Hitachi), Intellivision (ACQ: Nortek), GenWi (ACQ: Persistent Systems), Espresso Logic (ACQ: CA Technologies) and actively mentored the Founders of redBus & Power2SME.
Kanwal earned a BSEE from IIT-Bombay and a MSEE and Honorary Doctorates in both Business and Engineering from Michigan Tech.
He also founded the Kanwal Rekhi Schools of Information Technology at the IIT-Bombay and Michigan Tech.