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Payal Agrawal Divakarin is a venture capitalist based out of Boston, Massachusetts​. She is currently a Principal at .406 Ventures​. ​[2]​ [4]

Early Life

Payal Agrawal Divakarin was born in Winchester, Massachusetts and grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts​. She has lived in these cities in order, Winchester, Bhopal (India)​, Waltham, Dracut, Cambridge, Mumbai (India)​, New York City​, Boston​, and San Francisco before moving back to Cambridge. ​[2] Her parents both live in Dracut with her mother Kusum Agrawal​ working as a tax examiner for the United States Treasury Department​ while her father works as a representative for MetLife​. [5]

Personal Life

On May 27, 2012, Payal Agrawal Divakarin married her husband Dr. Sanjay Divakaran in a Hindu wedding​ at the Seaport World Trade Center​ in Boston. The couple met while they were both students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)​. [5]


Payal grew up with a passion for sports and has always been a fan of Boston area sports teams including the Boston Red Sox​ and the New England Patriots​. In high school, she worked as a Certified Soccer Referee. She also danced for a professional Bhangra (dance)​ team. [2]


Payal Agrawal Divakarin is a Mentor in the MIT Sandbox program and the MIT Community Catalyst Leadership Program. She is on the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Boston​ and Adviory Board Member of SheStarts. Payal is a charter member of TiE Boston. She was previously on the board of Harvard/MIT COOP and South Asian Nation. [3]


Payal Agrawal Divakarin graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science​ in Electrical Engineering​ and minor in Management​ in 2008. While at MIT, Payal played for the school's varsity soccer team. She was also a member of the Council of the Arts at MIT, an Educational Counselor, an Externship Program Host, and a Special Projects Volunteer with the MIT Office of Global Initiatives. [3]​ [2]​ 


In 2015, Payal graduated from Harvard Business School​ with a Master of Business Administration​ with Distinction. While at Harvard she founded her first company, Spotrocket.co. [2]​ [3]


Payal Agrawal Divakarin has worked as a Principal at .406 Ventures​ in Boston since June, 2015. Payal serves on the board of Trilio Data, Event Farm, and has invested in Annum. She is also a Board of Directors Observer for WelbeHealth, Nomad Health​, CloudHealth Technologies​, Redox Engine, Axial Healthcare and Jisto. 


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. [2]​ For a year and a half, she got the experience of a founder -  created a product, pitched for funding, went through an accelerator program, sold to customers, iterated and pivoted, went through acquisition discussions, and ultimately wound down the company given a tough monetization segment and other market challenges. [4]


Prior to SpotRocket, an also while in business school, Payal spent time in Corporate Development​ at Eventbrite​. She helped the company to develop an Mergers and Acquisitions​ strategy and to navigate important foundational pieces such as creating a market landscape, housing competitive intel and setting processes for due diligence​. [4]


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. [4]


Payal started her career pursuing 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​.  [4]

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