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Arihant Patni is an entrepreneur, financial advisor and active angel investor with extensive experience in diverse areas such as IT services/infrastructure (including computer software), business development/marketing and wealth management.
Arihant received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Chemical Engineering. He continued his education at Babson College, where he received his Masters of Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude), with a dual concentration in entrepreneurship and finance. He then received a separate Masters Degree in Statistics from Columbia University, with a concentration in quantitative finance.
Arihant began his career at his family business, Patni Computer Systems, one of the leading Indian IT businesses of the time, where he had a broad exposure to the business of the company, including positions in the computer software and human resources departments, as well as being a business development and marketing executive. Subsequently, Arihant worked as a Business Strategy Consultant for Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he led a finance systems strategy project for one of Fidelity's companies, involving business process analyses, systems re-design and solutions recommendations.
Arihant was Vice-President for Business Development for Raay Software, Inc., where he started the U.S. office for a European software product company operating in the healthcare space, developed the marketing campaign for the United States and conducted strategic market analysis to build brand awareness. Arihant continued his career in the IT space as co-founder and CEO of Bodhi Global Services, a legal support services company. The company was set up in collaboration with AZB & Partners, which is one of India’s leading law firms.
Arihant’s foray in the venture capital space came about when Patni Computer Systems was acquired in 2011 at a valuation of $1.5 billion which included a full exit for promoters and private equity investors. Currently, Arihant is the Managing Director of Patni Financial Advisors, a wealth management company that advises high net worth families on a wide range of investment options. He is Co-Founder and on the Board of Directors of Nirvana Venture Advisors, a venture capital fund with focus on the internet space. He is actively looking for opportunities to invest in new areas of technology and innovation one of which is data analytics and data science (‘Big Data’).