co-founder and non-executive Chairman, Infosys
Nandan Nilekani is a co-founder and non-executive chairman of Infosys. He is the architect of the Aadhaar programme, where he was Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. Born in Bengaluru, Nilekani received his Bachelor’s degree from IIT, Bombay. In 2005 he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. Fortune Magazine conferred him with “Asia’s Businessman of the year 2003.
Nilekani is also Co-founder and Chairman of EkStep, a not-for-profit effort to create a learner centric, technology based platform to improve basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children. Together with his wife, Rohini Nilekani, he has pledged half his wealth towards philanthropic activities. He also wrote “Imagining India” and co- authored his second book with Viral Shah, “Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations”.
Vice Chairman, Times Internet
Satyan Gajwani is the vice-chairman of Times Internet, the digital arm of Times Group that reaches over 450 million online users a month through its internet companies like Gaana, MX Player, Cricbuzz, MagicBricks, among others. Gajwani grew up in Miami in the US and did his graduation in mathematical and computational science and his masters in management science and engineering from Stanford University. He then worked as a consumer equities trader at Lehman Brothers for a year between 2007-08 before the global recession hit the world economy. Late 2008, Gajwani moved to India and joined The Times Group where he worked for over a year and a half across print, radio and television departments, and eventually joined its digital new media entity, now called Times Internet.
Global SVP & Country Head, Amazon India
Amit Agarwal is spearheading global ecommerce behemoth Amazon’s multi-billion dollar bet on India, as the ecommerce juggernaut bids to emerge as the top player in the country’s $38 billion ecommerce industry. In March 2017, the Stanford University-educated Agarwal was elevated to senior vice-president of the Seattle-based giant, barely a year after he was inducted into founder Jeff Bezos’ elite leadership team, a massive sign of confidence in the 47- year-old. Amazon has invested over $7 billion in its India operations, and the company continues to scale up its core ecommerce business as well as other units like payments, logistics and others.
Agarwal, a two-decade veteran at Amazon, has overseen the launch of Prime video platform, business-to-business unit Amazon Wholesale, Amazon Logistics, Amazon Pay and other major business units in India besides scaling exports of made-in-India brands to Amazon’s global markets, including its headquarters in the US.
founder and CEO, Navi Technologies
Sachin Bansal is one of the leading Indian entrepreneurs who in 2007 along with Binny Bansal founded Flipkart. During his over 11 years of career at Flipkart, Bansal was CEO and chairman of the company. In 2018, Bansal exited Flipkart following the mega Walmart deal and started focusing on his personal projects, gaming and brushing up his coding skills. Before the Walmart deal, Sachin,who previously worked in Amazon, played a crucial role in Flipkart emerging as the homegrown leader in India’s fast growing ecommerce sector while Amazon was looking to dominate here. After Flipkart, he has started Navi Technologies- a financial services company. Bansal has said he is putting all his eggs in one basket with Navi and wants to build it as a large financial services company for the next decades. He is also eyeing a banking licence in India. Bansal’s Flipkart journey has led to many former Flipkart executives and others to start their own ventures. Bansal has personally also taken bets on other startups like Ola and Ather, among others.
Partner at YC Continuity Fund
Anu Hariharan is a partner at Silicon Valley’s famed accelerator Y Combinator’s YC Continuity Fund. She has led the fund’s investments in startups like Groww, Instacart,Boom, Convoy, Brex, Gusto, Faire, Monzo, Rappi, and Vouch. Previously, she was an investment partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where she worked actively with the management teams of portfolio companies including Airbnb, Instacart, Medium, OfferUp and Udacity. Prior to this, Anu was a Principal at BCG’s private equity Practice and was a senior software engineer at Qualcomm. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from The Wharton School. She is also passionate about global technology investing and the convergence of great entrepreneurs between US, China and India and has invested in a personal capacity in a few companies including Bytedance, which runs TikTok.
Cofounder and CEO, Zomato Ltd
In 2008, Goyal cofounded a restaurant discovery platform called Foodiebay with his IIT- Delhi batchmate Pankaj Chaddah. Two years later, it was rebranded as Zomato. Goyal has served as chief executive since its inception. At Zomato he leads product development along with overseeing strategy and business expansion. In the past 13 years, he has spearheaded the company’s evolution from a restaurant discovery platform to a full-scale food delivery company with a presence in over 500 cities. On this journey, Goya; has led Zomato through many changes topping it with Zomato’s blockbuster Initial Public Offering this year.. Goyal worked as a management consultant at Bain and Company for three years prior to starting Zomato. He received an Integrated M.Tech in Mathematics and Computing from IIT Delhi in 2005.
CEO, Co-founder, Zilingo
Ankiti Bose is the CEO and cofounder, Zilingo. With a vision of empowering small business owners and entrepreneurs through eCommerce and digitization, Ankiti co-founded Zilingo in 2015 at the age of 23. Under her leadership, Zilingo has expanded to 8 countries with over 500 employees and has raised $308 million from several investors including Temasek, EDBI, Sequoia Capital, Burda Principal Investments and SIG. She launched SheWorkz at Zilingo, an initiative that finances and offers skill-based opportunities to women factory workers, allowing them to be financially independent and work as per their convenience, from the comfort of their homes. Bose has been part of Forbes Asia list of 30 Under 30 in 2018, Global Bloomberg 50 lists in 2019 and Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst List in 2021 among others. She has been a headline speaker at industry events like the World Economic Forum Virtual Briefing, Milken Institute Asia Summit. Prior to Zilingo, Bose worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She graduated with a degree in mathematics and economics at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai.
cofounder and CEO, Dream11 & Dream Sports
Harsh Jain is the CEO and cofounder of Dream Sports, India’s leading sports technology company, with over 130 million users across brands such as Dream11, FanCode, Dream Capital, DreamSetGo, DreamPay and Dream Sports Foundation in its portfolio. He founded Dream11 in 2008, along with co-founder Bhavit Sheth, and led it to become one of largest fantasy sports platform. A lifelong Manchester United, Mumbai Indians and Indian cricket team fan, Harsh completed his engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is based in Mumbai, India, and is actively involved in philanthropy through the Dream Sports Foundation, focussed on serving the Indian sports ecosystem, as well as Raksha Foundation, an NGO he set up along with his wife Rachana, that serves animals and children in need.
MD, Sequoia Capital India
Early stage venture capital fund Sequoia Capital’s manging director GV Ravishankar, or GV as he is popularly known, is a phenomenal investor. From his early bets in Byju’s, that brought in windfall gains for his firm, to making stellar returns on Prataap Snacks and Equitas Small Finance Bank, GV’s investing career has many shining stars. A recipient of ET Startups Awards in 2020 under the Midas touch category, Ravishankar started his career as management consultants at McKinsey & Co. He transited to the nascent venture capital industry by joining marquee fund Sequoia Capital in 2006 when it set up shop in India Ravishankar’s other big bet has been on cloud-kitchen firm Rebel Foods. He currently serves on the board of companies such as Suburban Diagnostics, Byjus, Prataap Snacks, Faaso’s, Wildcraft, Via, CloudNine and ISFC.
Product & business Leader, DoorDash
One of Silicon Valley’s leading product leaders, he is also an active angle investor in US and Indian startups.
Rajaram joined DoorDash after it acquired the premium food ordering service, Caviar owned by Square in 2019. Rajaram had spent about five years heading Caviar, being in a leadership role at the Jack Dorsey-led payments firm Square. Rajaram has a vast experience in building products at big tech firms like Facebook and Google. While at Facebook, he helped transform its ads business to become mobile first, at Google, he was the architect of Google AdSense. The IIT- Kanpur graduate also serves on the boards of Coinbase, Pinterest and The Trade Desk. Rajaram holds an MBA from MIT along with a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zerodha
Nithin Kamath was a stock trader for over a decade before he founded Zerodha in 2010 with his younger brother Nikhil Kamath. Since then, the boot-strapped startup has emerged as the most-used retail investment platform in India. Kamath is a graduate of the Bangalore Institute of Technology. In his early career, he set up Kamath Enterprise in 2004 as a franchise of Reliance Money, which was his first entrepreneurial venture. Before that, he worked as a stock trader by day and a tele-sales executive by night at Manipal Infocomm. Zerodha and the Kamath brothers have accumulated several noteworthy accolades, including the prestigious
ET Startup Award in the Startup of the Year category in 2020. The company had earlier won the Bootstrap Champ award in 2016.