Sudhir Choudhrie is a gigantic industrialist and entrepreneur who has recently been in the news for his involvement with Sequoia Capital. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. At this point, you’re probably wondering, “who is this guy?” Let me introduce you to Sudhir Choudhrie, one of our newest VC partners at Sequoia Capital. As you may have guessed from my introduction, he is an industrialist and entrepreneur who has notably influenced the Asian and American markets. Sudhir spent time as the president of Sony Electronics India, an entrepreneur, and an executive in international corporate law. Today he is the Chairman of two organizations: Lupin Pharmaceuticals and Asian Paints, and co-investor in MediaTek.
Born in India to a family that had much success in the business world, Sudhir Choudhrie worked with his father before joining Harvard Law School. After graduating with a degree in Juris Doctorate, he began working at Sony Electronics India, where he was responsible for setting up its Indian operations. He then became the President of Sony Electronics in India and helped expand the company’s business into new regions. After his stint at Sony, he joined a U.S. law firm where he worked in several cases involving transactions, business, and technology before joining Sequoia Capital in 2005.
During his time at Sequoia, Sudhir has been involved with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Cisco Systems, and Dell Computers. He has done significant business on the technology side of these companies, including working with small- and medium-sized companies that do small- to large-scale software development and hardware manufacturing. He has also worked on issues relating to manufacturing, such as intellectual property litigation and litigation concerning mergers and acquisitions. Sudhir has had a hand in some of the largest technology IPOs in Asia, including China Telecom and Huaneng Group. He has also been involved with several private equity investments in India and China.