Payal joined .406 in 2015 and supports the team in investing and portfolio management. She brings a wide range of technology experiences to the firm.
Prior to joining .406, Payal was at Harvard Business School, where she co-founded a company called SpotRocket to help students discover high potential startups to work for. The company’s proprietary algorithm ranked 20,000+ global startups and provided the ability to slice and dice the data based on students’ interests. The company participated in the Rock Center Accelerator program.
Prior to her entrepreneurial stint and also while in business school, Payal spent time in Corporate Development at Eventbrite. She helped the company to develop an M&A strategy and to navigate important foundational pieces such as creating a market landscape, housing competitive intel and setting processes for due diligence.
Prior to HBS, Payal was an Associate at Spectrum Equity, a technology growth equity investor in Boston with $5.7B under management. She sourced and executed on deals in the software, information services, data/analytics, security and internet spaces. She sourced the firm’s first investment in online gaming in a business called Jagex, based in the UK, which was acquired by Shanghai Hongtou Network Technology.
Payal started her career pursuing technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan in NYC at the height of the financial crisis. She spent most of her time in the software and financial technology spaces, and was an analyst on Xerox’s $8.3B acquisition of ACS, Visa's $2.0B acquisition of CyberSource, and VisaNet Brazil's $3.7B IPO.
Payal received her MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and her BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Management from MIT.LinkedIn
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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Maui, Hawaii. My husband and I stayed at the site of a USTA Pro Circuit Event and received pro instruction and played tennis twice every day.
Certified FIFA soccer referee in high school
Planning my wedding
After a morning workout or after meditation
Taking apart any and all electronics I could find in our apartment – I just had to see the insides.
Waltham, MA (but have lived in Winchester, Bhopal (India), Waltham, Dracut, Cambridge, Mumbai (India), NYC, Boston, SF and Cambridge (in that order)
Used to dance on a professional Bhangra (upbeat Indian folk dance) team
Family. My nieces and nephews are the best.
In college at MIT: learned a ton, got involved, made great friends and met my future husband
Listen more, talk less
Organization and persistence
Watch Boston sports
MIT Women’s Varsity soccer
Payalstyle, given to me on the basketball court in elementary school
For the pace of learning and for the opportunity to help entrepreneurs