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VFT Advisors

VFT Advisory Board

VFT Advisors

Ravi Narayan

  • CEO of T-Hub
  • A seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience building high-performance teams
  • Has helped Microsoft build the Accelerator Program for later-stage startups

Sanjay Anandaram

  • Seasoned entrepreneur, corporate executive, VC, angel investor, advisor, and mentor
  • Involved with companies like redBus and Instahealth
  • Founder of a VC backed Silicon Valley startup
  • Co-founder of JumpStartUp

Samir Kumar

  • Managing Director and General Partner at Inventus India
  • Member-Advisory Council, Center for Corporate
  • Governance and Citizenship, IIMB
  • Member Advisory Board, FabCI
  • Member-Governing Board, SINE (Incubator at IITB)

Narayanan Shadagopan

  • Has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and asset management
  • Risk Committee Chair at My Community Credit Union
  • Ex-MD Pragati Fund, an emerging market-focused private equity firm
  • Ex-Partner Toscafund Asset Management, a London-based fund manager

Pankaj Bhatia

  • Over 20 years of experience in advising Corporates on business strategy and nurturing early to growth stage ventures
  • Partner, Consumer and Private Equity Practice, Boston Consulting Group
  • Venture Partner, Equanimity Investments, an early stage Venture fund
  • On the Board of Mentors, IvyCap Ventures
  • Former Founder and Managing Partner, Aumentis Consulting

Sashi Chimala

  • Cofounder of Popmart
  • Serial entrepreneur with three successful companies and exits
  • Instrumental in launching several innovative e-commerce ventures in India
  • Featured in several national and international publications as well as on CNBC and BBC news programs

Ish Anand

  • Corporate Executive, Seasoned Entrepreneur, VC, Advisory Board Member, Mentor & a passionate advocate of “Make In India – For The World” with experience across 3 continents
  • Two successful exits from Startups with one company eventually being taken to IPO
  • A 3 time Entrepreneur, currently running an SME Business Consulting Practice (Part of a large global brand present in 16 countries)
  • Advisory Board Member at – LogisticsNow (a Shell Investee Company), Signum Hotels & Resorts (managing assets across 3 continents), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University – Institution Innovation Council, India Advisor – Bluetown (an Indo-Danish Rural Broadband Venture), Fund & Portfolio Advisor at Dallas Venture Capital (India & US)

Here is what we mean by a Validated Idea:

  • You have identified a ‘customer type’ that you are dealing with.
  • You have identified a problem that is critical for the that customer type
  • You have validated this problem with a ‘sizable’ set of customers so you know that it is a ‘real problem’
  • Your research and customer discussions shows that There is a large enough number of customers that are looking for a solution to this particular problem, and the venture can be financially viable and feasible
  • There are no apparent existing solutions or good enough solutions that are serving your customer type at this time for the problem
  • May have started working on a website/facebook/Instagram page to get customer reactions
  • May have worked on a prototype solution already
  • May have early traction with some customers