Asha Jadeja is an angel investor and philanthropist based in Silicon Valley. She invests in for-profit tech, internet and high social impact start-ups in the Bay Area, New York and India. Asha and her husband Rajeev Motwani co-invested in over 100 startups as angels. Rajeev was the founding advisor to Google and the author of Google’s algorithmic architecture. Asha is the founder and managing director of Dot Edu Ventures. Asha launched the Rajeev Circle Fellowship in order to help Indian entrepreneurs “visit and connect with entrepreneurs, mentors and seed investors in Silicon Valley.” Motwani helped introduce Maker Faire in India in 2012, gaining inspiration from California’s Maker Faire. She is also introducing Maker Fest Pakistan in an attempt to “create a civilian bridge between India and Pakistan.” She is the trustee of the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, a charitable organization based in Palo Alto and Ahmedabad, India. The Foundation aims to support entrepreneurs in under-served pockets of the world to promote world-class entrepreneurship at a local level. Motwani is a civil engineer by training. Her graduate studies at UC Berkeley and Stanford included urban planing and political science.
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