With mobile gaining traction and becoming the go to platform for business, adopting a lucrative and effective monetisation strategy holds the key to a successful and scalable mobile business. Given the diversified business models and services being brought forth on the mobile platform, monetisation strategy and a framework to expand consumer base holds the key attracting investors and raising funds.
In order to find out some of the select factors determining the effectiveness and viability of monetisation strategy, News Corp VCCircle Mobile Forum will be hosting line-up of attractive mobile investors. They include:
Sanjeev Aggarwal – Senior Managing Director, Helion Advisors Private Limited
Aggarwal is a co-founder of Helion and has served on the Boards of MakeMyTrip and Unitedlex. He is currently on the oards of IndiaHomes, Azure Power, Amba Research, Eye-Q and ShopClues. Prior to Helion, Aggarwal was the founder and CEO of Daksh, having been with the company from its inception in 2000 to its acquisition by IBM in 2004.
Deepak Gaur – MD, SAIF Partners
Gaur is Managing Director at SAIF Partners, one of the largest and active funds investing in the country across early and growth stage companies. Gaur joined SAIF in 2006 and in his prior role was a consultant with McKinsey & Company focused on consumer products/services, IT, telecom and the automotive sector. He also worked with IBM Global services in its telecom and media services division. His primary area of focus is growth equity investments in technology driven businesses.
Mohit Bhatnagar – Managing Director, Sequoia Capital
Bhatnagar is a Managing Director with Sequoia Capital and serves on the board of Citrus Payment CleverTap, DailyHunt, Ideacts Innovations, Knowlarity, Near, nearbuy, Octro, OneAssist, Shuttl & Zomato. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, he served as Senior Vice President at Bharti Airtel where he helped scale the business from a few states to a leading national wireless carrier. Bhatnagar invests in early stage tech companies across technology sub sectors of payments, SaaS, consumer mobile internet & analytics.
Karan Mohla – Executive Director, IDG Ventures India
Mohla is Executive Director at IDG Ventures India Advisors and is involved with the investments in Brainbees (Firstcry.com), Yatra.com, Vserv, Peel-Works, HealthifyMe, POPxo, Aurus (Superprofs.com), Tripoto, Little Black Book and Silverpush. He has been investing in Indian companies since 2009 and leads the sector coverage in digital consumer investments at IDG Ventures.
Nilesh Kothari – Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital
Kothari has 23 years of corporate finance, underwriting and treasury experience in tech, consulting and financial services. Prior to this he was MD – Ventures and Acquisitions at Accenture plc, a $30 billion global technology and consulting company. Previously he was CFO of Accenture Credit Services, HeroBPO and Systems America. He has deep operational experience in building several large businesses and creating successful exits like Zenta.
Anirudh Damani – Managing Partner, Artha India Ventures
With a portfolio of over 40 startups, Artha Ventures has a diverse portfolio to showcase industry segments ranging from eCommerce, travel, SaaS, edutech, IOT, analytics and digital media. The Mumbai-based venture fund, led by Damani has held investments in several emerging startups, including Oyo Rooms, Exotel, Inc42, Mobilewalla and Roadhouse Hostels.
Sandeep Sinha – Co-founder & Managing Partner, Lumis Partners
At Lumis, Sinha is focused on building a portfolio across the higher education and human capital services in emerging markets. He is an active member in this sector and leads several activities across public/private organisations in this ecosystem. He began his career with Technology Management Leadership program at GE. His prior experiences include quality and technology leadership roles across various businesses of GE, and senior operating positions at 3Com.
Sunil K Goyal – Founder & CEO, Yournest Angel Fund
Goyal is founder and CEO of YourNest Angel Fund. He is also an independent director on the board of Bharti Telecom Limited (Holding company of Bharti Airtel Limited) and Bharti Hexacom Ltd (A JV with TCIL, a public-sector firm). Goyal is a former member of TiE, Indian Angel Network & Mumbai Angels. His passion for early stage ventures has led him to invest in nine startups on his own, before he set up YourNest. Recently, Goyal got exits for global players from his first personal investment company ZipDial, which has been acquired by Twitter and VuClip, which has been acquired by PCCW.
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