Sunday, 9 September 2012

Dev Khare-Lightspeed Ventures -VC

My chat with Dev Khare, someone who has worn quite a few hats in his varied career- Harvard MBA, ibanker, techie, entrepreneur, VC... he talks about the Mobile ecosystem in India and what will accelerate it... "I see opportunities in the direct to consumer, with monetisation through the mobile web, Android and IOS platforms..."

With a rich background in product management, marketing and international finance, Dev Khare brought his entrepreneurial experience to Venrock in 2006. Prior to Venrock, he held leadership positions in Symbol Technologies' Mobile Software Division. He joined Symbol in 2003 after its acquisition of Covigo, a mobile application software company he co-founded in 1999. Prior to Covigo, he held marketing and product management positions at CrossWorlds Software, a Venrock-backed enterprise software company, before its sale to IBM.

In addition to his involvement in software, Khare was an investment banker with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and with Jefferies & Company. Khare worked in India for DLJ Merchant Banking in private equity and Aditi Technologies in business process outsourcing and software services. He founded IndiaEntrepreneurs, a grassroots forum for entrepreneurs and investors and brings a wealth of knowledge to entrepreneurs focused on global opportunities in the mobile and new media arenas.

Lightspeed: Over the past two decades, Lightspeed has backed more than 200 companies, many of which have become leaders in their respective industries. We are currently investing out of Lightspeed IX, a $675 million fund focused on early and expansion stage investments in the consumer, enterprise technology and cleantech markets. Our team invests in the U.S. and internationally, with investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley, India, Israel, and China with Lightspeed China Partners.

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