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India VCIG is now *live*

We managed to pull it off!

Phenomenal event yesterday. 100+ attendees and some great insights and experiences that were shared by the speakers. I am in the process of putting up the slides on the server (hopefully before end of tomorrow).

We had Richard Laing, Chief Executive of the CDC Group speaking from an LP perspective on opportunities and challenges in PE/VC in India. Harpal Singh Randhawa, CEO of GEM reflected on his experience of investing in India over the last 15 years and Jonathan Blake, Senior Partner at SJ Berwin addressed some of the structural issues around setting up an India fund.

Earlier, I set the backdrop to the evening with a few slides (here:India – At Inflection Point) on how the country is at an inflection point.

All in all, a fitting start to the formal launch of the India Venture Capital Interest Group (India VCIG) and hopefully we will be able to maintain the high standard of the event and build on the momentum that has been generated.


P.S. My pick of the quotes:
“The only antidote to poverty is the generation of wealth”.

November 7th, 2006 Posted by | Conferences and Panels, India, My Presentations, Venture Capital in Asia | 3 comments


  1. Shantanu, that is a great quote. It however does not say anything about the opportunity to participate in the wealth-creation process. That remains one of the key problems in India, as you would have yourself experienced and seen.

    Extending the point, the investor community is not keen, understandably due to their investment horizons, to invest in the infrastructure projects (including early education) essential to sustaining growth, in both the Indian economy and returns for the VCs.

    Comment by Shefaly Yogendra | November 10, 2006

  2. Agree completely. Basic education (primary + secondary) + health has to be Priority No. 1. Sadly, investing in them hardly gets news and then there is the question of investment horizon – which you picked up.
    Will send you an email about a project that I am personally involved in.

    Comment by Shantanu | November 16, 2006

  3. Our foundation is trying to harness the efficiencies of capital markets in the K12 sector in India. I would be keen on learning more about the education project you mention in your comment.

    Akhil Kishore

    Comment by Akhil | November 24, 2006

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