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Sandeep Murthy

Sandeep Murthy

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Partner at Lightbox­ at Lightbox

Sandeep Murthy is a partner at Lightbox­. Murthy can be credited with helping to build India’s internet economy. He’s not just seen the playing out of highs and lows from an investor vantage point, but from operational roles as well, including as the CEO of Cleartrip in 2006 for three years.

  • Interesting that none of the top 10 brands in India were even in the market 20 years ago. I wonder where the legacy brands such as Godrej and Tata came in on the list. If this is accurate it’s yet another indicator of technology sweeping in, organizing and branding a very fragmented market. Now it would

    Interesting that none of the top 10 brands in India were even in the market 20 years ago. I wonder where the legacy brands such as Godrej and Tata came in on the list. If this is accurate it’s yet another indicator of technology sweeping in, organizing and branding a very fragmented market. Now it would be great for some more Indian brands to demonstrate a unique understanding of the Indian market and deliver product propositions that allow them to dominate the list.

  • It’s great to see the conversation moving up in importance on every stage. As a fund, investing in consumer businesses, we have concluded that the two biggest threats to the continued expansion of consumption in India are climate related factors and social issues. The climate ones are already impacting

    It’s great to see the conversation moving up in importance on every stage. As a fund, investing in consumer businesses, we have concluded that the two biggest threats to the continued expansion of consumption in India are climate related factors and social issues. The climate ones are already impacting. If, as last year, people in Chennai are unable to get water, it is unlikely that they will be interested in consuming any other products or services or apps. So not only is it clear that there is a need to put the fire out for our future, but even our current business models will soon see major issues unless we ensure the health of the planet.

  • On one hand it's heartening to see social media be used to help someone pursue their passion, but on the other hand it's an unfortunate reminder that we don't value art enough to enable enough artists to make a living from that alone. Art is not the only undervalued (but essential occupation) that is

    On one hand it's heartening to see social media be used to help someone pursue their passion, but on the other hand it's an unfortunate reminder that we don't value art enough to enable enough artists to make a living from that alone. Art is not the only undervalued (but essential occupation) that is undervalued, elderly care and raising children also suffer from being undervalued... it seems like our views on this will only change once AI machines start taking over all of the "functional" value add jobs.

  • Not all VC firms have a narrow view when it comes to female founders. We've partnered with women founders and co-founders at Nua, Embibe, and Melorra and have seen tremendous success and even exits. We're hosting a women's roundtable at our office in collaboration with Abhya Bakaya from Ladies who Lead

    Not all VC firms have a narrow view when it comes to female founders. We've partnered with women founders and co-founders at Nua, Embibe, and Melorra and have seen tremendous success and even exits. We're hosting a women's roundtable at our office in collaboration with Abhya Bakaya from Ladies who Lead discussing learning outcomes from successful start-ups... will share more after the event.

  • We've been exploring the coliving space in India for the past few months and the trends highlighted in the article seem to fit in India as well, across age segments. With the high cost of rent and the general chaotic lifestyles that people live today, there is a large opportunity to provide high quality

    We've been exploring the coliving space in India for the past few months and the trends highlighted in the article seem to fit in India as well, across age segments. With the high cost of rent and the general chaotic lifestyles that people live today, there is a large opportunity to provide high quality coliving options across segments. As Priya has found the key really is in delivering an experience not just providing a roof and four walls.

  • Great to see start ups spawning new entrepreneurs who have had the opportunity to live through the startup journey once. There is actual empirical data that shows that second time entrepreneurs do better than first time entrepreneurs, so I’m hopeful that early employees at startups follow that same trend

    Great to see start ups spawning new entrepreneurs who have had the opportunity to live through the startup journey once. There is actual empirical data that shows that second time entrepreneurs do better than first time entrepreneurs, so I’m hopeful that early employees at startups follow that same trend as they launch new ventures.