Our Leadership

Our team at Brand Capital International includes some of the most experienced minds that add value at every stage of interaction. They do so by way of ideating, articulating and establishing the business growth potential through the ‘brand prism’ in tandem with growth oriented entrepreneurs.

Brand Capital International Team

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Brand Capital International is the strategic investment arm of Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) or the Times Group – India's largest multimedia conglomerate and leaders in English and regional print media, TV, radio and digital media. The 180 year old company has cultivated a 360 degree spectrum of media assets and owns and manages The Times of India, Times Now, city-centric Mirrors, The Economic Times, ET Now, Maharashtra Times, Navbharat Times, Vijay Karnataka, Radio Mirchi, Times Music, Times OOH and indiatimes.com, to name a few.

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Neville R. Taraporewalla


Neville is the President of BCCL Worldwide Inc based in the San Francisco Bay Area and part of the leadership team that leads the US operations of media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), The Times of India Group. An early adopter of the consumer internet & digital landscape, Neville has a proven track record of building and running online businesses for traditional media publishers & online media companies in Emerging Markets of India & South Asia.

A Certified Executive Leadership Coach, he has held several Senior Executive Leadership positions at Microsoft Corporation, Yahoo! Inc., Publicitas, Mid-Day Multimedia Ltd & The Time of India Group.

Neville has been the Co-founder, past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) in 2004 & 2005. In 2011, 2012 & 2013 he was included in the annual Campaign India ‘A’ list which showcased leaders in advertising, marketing & the media Industry in India. IMPACT Digital 100 List of personalities 2012 & 2013 included Neville in the list of leaders who have contributed to the growth of digital in India. An Angel investor to early stage start-up companies he plays a critical role of a mentor & advisor; his portfolio of investments includes new media companies in the travel, home services, personal wellness, audio processing, mobile application development and augmented reality space in India & the US.

Piyush Puri

Vice President, BCCL Worldwide Inc, USA

Piyush Puri leads the Brand Capital International team in Silicon Valley as Vice President of BWI, the strategic investment arm of The Times Group – India’s largest multimedia conglomerate. Before leading Brand Capital’s US office, Piyush was an investment banker in Mumbai, India focusing on investments in the energy, ancillaries, and the environment spaces. He also served as an investment analyst in Hong Kong where he closed deals in energy space, specifically in wind, thermal, hydro, solar, and gas-based power. Piyush received his degree in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), has an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, and a Master’s Degree in Psychology of Leadership from Penn State University. Additionally, Piyush is also a Financial Risk Manager. 

Neha Ranawat

Head of Brand Strategy, Brand Capital International

Head of Brand Strategy, Brand Capital International

Kiran Shah

Sr. Associate

Over five years of experience in Financial Services Industry and Investment Management. MBA –Finance. MS Investment Management.

Shambhavi Mishra


Shambhavi is currently leading the venture capital investments of Brand Capital International in Canada. She is strategically engaged in scaling up growth-oriented companies through go to market strategy, product and media strategy. In her recent past,  she has been instrumental in executing high value VC/PE investments in India and US.

She is passionate about technology startups, new blue ocean disruptions and constantly strives to enable entrepreneurs. She is involved with various stakeholders in the start-up ecosystem globally through accelerating, mentorship and investments.

Her previous work experience includes Strategy and Business consulting at McKinsey and IBM.

Maxwell Barnes


Currently working in VC & P/E in Silicon Valley.

Also finishing my 1st book on internships under the mentorship of Silicon Valley-based author, Guy Kawasaki. Some of my book contributors include: Tim Draper (VC), Mark Wan (VC & owner of Boston Celtics & SF 49ers), Diane Flynn (Founder/CEO/Entrepreneur), Marlon Evans (CEO), Michael Moe (VC & Author), & many more.

I’m a multi-award winning graduate of Menlo College – Silicon Valley’s private undergraduate business school. I’m also on the official Alumni Council for Menlo College as of September 2018.

While studying at Menlo College, I was on the Dean’s List multiple times, received the Judge Russell Award, and the Golden Oak Award for Outstanding Leadership. I was one of Menlo’s first UIF’s – a Stanford program started by Professor Tom Byers – with the Menlo Innovation Center being my project.

Shawn Sam


Shawn Sam is an early stage investor at Brand Capital. As the first member of the New York office, Shawn focuses on creating strong ties in the NY tech ecosystem. He is always on the hunt for the next big consumer tech startup.
Prior to Brand Capital, Shawn worked at IBM where he was a Strategy Consultant and member of IBM’s GBS Ventures team. Additionally, he has worked in mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and equity research. Outside of work, you will find Shawn actively engaging with the NYC tech community via meetups and conferences in the city.