Ravin Gandhi is co-founder and CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, a global supplier of nonstick coatings for cookware, bakeware and electrical appliance industries. He also is a venture capitalist through Glenborn Partners.
“The most important thing is you have to think the CEO is a superstar, hands down,” Gandhi said of VC investing. “You feel almost an aura of energy, of execution and irrational confidence. You want to see that when they inevitably run into problems that they’re able to iterate their business model.”
Gandhi’s investments include KeyMe, Tred, Lettrs, Ampsy, and Hester Biosciences. Before founding GMM and Glenborn Partners, Gandhi worked for CCC, a family owned supplier of nonstick coatings. It was sold to Akzo Nobel in 2000, and he became president of the nonstick coatings division. He eventually founded GMM in 2007 with colleague Raymond Chung.
While GMM is headquartered in China, Gandhi works out of Chicago. He has an MBA in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial studies from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.