Vishal is passionate about leveraging technology for impact & enabling job creation through venture building. To this end he has been an active participant in the seed & early stage start-up eco system as an investor & advisor for about a decade.A founding member at now publicly listed Tech & Data Sciences firm Xelp, Vishal is a Fellow at the Edmund Hillary Fellowship of global impactmakers. Previously he has done several leadership roles in Consumer & Consumer Tech across Asia-Pacific. He is India based.
Vishal has till date backed a portfolio of over 25 tech & tech enabled early stage start ups across APAC. As Venture Partner, he works closely with his portfolio founders on their PMF, GTM, Profitable Scaling Up & Institutional fund raising strategies. Vishal's backed early stage portfolio has seen an institutional funding rate of over 40% with ~27 Mn$ in raises and incoming investors like Accel Partners, Beenext, Nandan Nilekani , SOSV & Softbank backed Oyo amongst others. He has run several board responsibilities including being on a board that led a main exchange IPO in India.
Vishal frequently works with several governments, universities & platforms globally to support their innovation and startup programs. This includes recently being jury for Govt of India's Startup Innovation Program under Min of Health & Family welfare.
Earlier in his career, Vishal did around two decades of Operating / CXO roles in FMCG, Financial Services & Consumer Tech in the Asia Pacific region. This includes leading Innovation for The Coca-Cola Company in South West Asia, managing a ~ $1Bn client portfolio for ABN AMRO (RBS) as their Global Head for NRI services & being a Technology CEO in India running B2C & B2B tech businesses for HT Media in India.