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Shantanu BHAGWAT

An engineer by training, Shantanu Bhagwat is a one-time diplomat turned venture investor and advisor to start-ups.

These days he divides his time between UK and India, working with early stage companies and on ideas to improve political systems and governance in India. He also regularly conducts workshops on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Personal Development.

In a career spanning two decades, Mr. Bhagwat has worked across geographies and industries, including several years in Japan and in the UK. Until recently a Partner at venture capital firm in London, Mr. Bhagwat has also worked at Monitor Co. in London. Prior to that, he spent several years as a fast-track career diplomat with the Indian Foreign Service, working in New Delhi and Tokyo.

Over the last few years, he has spent a lot of time thinking about and commenting on globalization, innovation and entrepreneurship across geographies and sectors, with a particular emphasis on India.

He is a personal investor in several start-ups in India, including Myntra – a personalised gift company, Innoviti a cutting-edge start-up in transaction processing and Elements Akademia an innovative national chain of vocational schools. He also sits on the Board of Innoviti and Vindhya e-Infomedia

A graduate in Computer Engineering, Shantanu holds an MBA from London Business School where he was a Chevening Scholar.

He is a Charter Member of TiE – a global non-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals and a past member of Mensa International. He is also a frequent speaker and panellist at conferences on Venture Capital, Innovation, Asia and India.


September 10th, 2008 Posted by | | 11 comments


  1. Shantanu BHAGWAT

    i am very much impressed with your article china and india M& A and added link to my blog


    Comment by sudheer | August 9, 2008

  2. Overall an excellent blog with some great content. Shame about the Google Ads, the revenue from which I’m sure you don’t need.

    Comment by Leon Benjamin | January 17, 2009

  3. Leon, Thank you for your kind words…

    As for the ads, your comment has prompted a rethink!

    …perhaps I should take them out after all.

    Comment by Shantanu Bhagwat | January 20, 2009

  4. shantanu,

    dont bother about ads. if u dont need rev,donate it to some good cause in India.

    can u mail ur arti on china & India

    Comment by raju | February 14, 2009

  5. Hi Shantanu,

    It was nice meeting you … Just came back to see the blog you referred to and found this different blog space.

    Hope to keep in touch

    Comment by Prachi | March 1, 2009

  6. hi shantanu,

    how have you been ??? it has been around 25 years since we were together at kv, indore. let’s chat for more. i am usually available on yahoo messenger as

    alok gupta

    Comment by alok gupta | July 15, 2009

  7. Hi Shantanu,

    I was wondering if you could send in your email address, there are few things I would love to have your opinion on.

    I tried doing a whois lookup for domain hoping that you would have your email address there but I could not.

    Please send in your email address.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Comment by Saurabh Garg | July 17, 2009

  8. dear shantanu,
    i saw you on web and read the pages.I recollect our days in indore and Bhopal at Times Of India.i left the Times and now managing my own enterprises.I like your thoughts and dynamic career.If possible,please send me your email id for better communication.

    Comment by rajeevkumarsoni | August 9, 2009

  9. Vishal: Good question…This is a legacy from an earlier time (when I used to spend a significant number of days on the road in Asia) …In many parts of Asia, the surname is capitalised to make it obvious and easier for the other person..

    Comment by Shantanu | November 12, 2010

  10. Shantanu,

    I was just looking for an update and realised the move you made since our last contact. Welcome to India and best wishes for Udbhav.. we definitely need such “think-tanks” to take India to the forefront of global stage.

    Best Wishes/Pradeep

    Comment by Pradeep Joshi | December 17, 2010

  11. Hi Shantanu,

    It was great listening to your inspiring talk at MML on Sat. Lots to think about no doubt but it would be useful to keep in touch via this blog. I know I will enjoy reading your articles and having dialogue over them.


    Comment by Aditi M. Tulpule | September 3, 2013

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