Javed Tapia

Javed is a serial entrepreneur who has founded companies in areas such as Information Technology (Clover Infotech), Premium Commercial and Residential Real Estate development (Clover Realty), Renewable Energy (Clover Solar), and Fintech (through brands such as Slonkit and Moneykit). He spearheaded the open-source revolution in India through a joint venture – Red Hat India with Red Hat Inc. in the year 2000 and expanded the company’s footprint across South Asia.

Javed is currently the Chairman and Chief Mentor of Clover Infotech Pvt. Ltd. He is an investor and mentor in startups across fintech, edtech, and AI. He believes in backing passionate founders and enabling them to build defining companies through ‘45 degrees’ – a startup acceleration platform initiated by him. 45 degrees empowers startups with technology advisory, product engineering, development and operations support, ecosystem connects, and mentorship, and access to capital.

Javed is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Bombay Chapter) and has been the Education Chair, Chapter Chair, and Membership Chair. He has been on the board of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and has served on its leadership. He also serves on the managing committee of ‘Catalyst for Social Action’ (CSA) – an Indian NGO that works to create and ensure a brighter future for every child under institutional care.

Javed is an MBA from the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is currently on its Board of Visitors and its India Regional Board. He is an avid reader and enjoys horse riding, scuba diving, and golf.