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Feeling the chill in Goa

Just back from an exhausting and intense 10-day visit to India, part of which was taken up by the Capvent VC/PE Conference in Goa.

I shared a panel on “New Media” with Rajesh Sawhney of Reliance Entertainment and Harel Beit-On of Viola Private Equity…and talked briefly about Enqii and an Indian start-up that I am very enthused about (it takes Out-of-Home advertising to a new level – leveraging the ubiquitous cycle rickshaws that you see across large parts of India – more on them later)

Interesting conversations on the sidelines and during the panels…but the “chill” in Private Equity was unmistakable – even as Goa seared at 33 degrees…

India seems to be holding up better though…and the sentiment is mildly optimistic…not least because of a rebounding stock market that has jumped 40% in the last three months – as it recovers from its multi-year lows.

I also concluded my latest personal investment – in an Indian start-up which I believe is very attractively positioned in the education sector in India.  It is called Elements Akademia…Check them out.

Somewhat related posts:

Feel the Shanghai sizzle…in Mumbai 

Feeling the heat in China…

April 14th, 2009 Posted by | Conferences and Panels, Venture Capital | one comment