Anamitra Banerji, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Anamitra Banerji joined Foundation Capital in February as an EIR. Anamitra comes to Foundation with 8 years of product management experience in advertising and social media at Twitter, Overture and Yahoo. Prior to product roles, Anamitra worked as a software engineer in the enterprise space for 4 years. He also co-founded an internet-healthcare company during the '98-'00 boom-bust.
Anamitra joined Twitter in March 2009 as its first product manager and employee number 30. He helped start the company's advertising platform and core revenue engine, leading the team that launched the first monetization products, including promoted tweets, promoted accounts and promoted trends. At Foundation, Anamitra will foster his own passions with exploration of the fast growing online collaboration, marketplaces, and mobile industries, as well as help the firm identify promising start-ups, and advice on the investment process.
Along with his EIR responsibilities, Anamitra is also helping to launch Widescope, an early-stage experiment at Stanford focused on online collaboration. The website (http://widescope.stanford.edu ) encourages the community to find a solution to reduce the federal budget deficit and seeks to build consensus by allowing members to vote on submitted ideas. Anamitra is a mentor at 500 Startups—Dave McClure's accelerator program—where he advises a number of startups. Anamitra has earned an MBA from Cornell University and a degree in Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India.
Anamitra is an avid soccer fan and follows Liverpool football club. He used to play competitively at the under 18 level in India. He continues to play today—albeit less competitively. Anamitra is also an aspiring coffee aficionado, his favorite blend is the 'cubano' at Epicenter Cafe in SOMA. Anamitra lives in San Francisco with his wife and 15 month old son.