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 (ACQ: TapClicks), 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.