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Mahesh Murthy

Managing Partner, Seedfund

Mahesh has spent 30 years helping brands with marketing advice and 15 of those helping startups with advice & funding. <br> <br> Mahesh dropped out of college, sold vacuum cleaners door to door, worked with FCB & Grey in India and Ogilvy in Hong Kong, where he won notoriety and awards as Creative Director on Unilever, The Economist, Pepsi & MTV. <br> <br> He then moved to Silicon Valley agency CKS as Partner, helped create the first public UI for Yahoo in 95 and led the launch for Amazon in 97. <br> <br> After a successful NASDAQ IPO, Mahesh headed marketing at iCat, an e-com firm in Seattle managing over 6,000 e-businesses. iCat was bought by Intel. <br> <br> He returned to India in 99 to turn around Channel V till its sale to Star TV in 2000, then founded Passionfund, his angel investing vehicle which backed Geodesic, WebDunia, Inkfruit and Doolally. <br> <br> Mahesh penned infamous columns in Business Today, Businessworld and WSJ. On TV, he's played the Donald Trump role in Business Baazigar (2007), the Dragon's Den role on ETNow's SuperAngels (2011, 2012) and Bloomberg TV's The Pitch (2013). <br> <br> Mahesh set up digital business consulting firm Pinstorm in 04. It's a well-regarded business transformation boutique, creating market- and award-winning strategy, tech & work on the region's most-aggressive brands. <br> <br> Mahesh loves early-stage investing and set up what is now India's best-known VC fund, Seedfund with Pravin Gandhi & Bharati Jacob. <br> <br> It was voted "India's best VC fund" by LPs in 2010 & 2013 and has had India's biggest-ever exits, with RedBus and CarWale. Other investees include Heckyl, MyDentist, Chumbak, ViralMint and AFAQs. <br> <br> Mahesh is a popular speaker on corporate & college campuses, and considered a thought leader on digital transformation. [Please write for speaking enquiries] <br> <br> LinkedIn named Mahesh to its "Influencer" list in 2014 where he's one of 5 from India and 500 from around the world. Mahesh is also the most-followed Indian on Quora, and tweets @maheshmurthy <br> <br> Specialties:Marketing, business strategy, marketing strategy, internet marketing, digital advertising, social media marketing, venture capital, startups, angel investments, mentorship, media, brand management, search engine marketing, SEM, SEO, ORM, SMM, SMO, television, early-stage investments, VC.
Has The Opportunity For Indian Internet Startups Been Terribly

Has The Opportunity For Indian Internet Startups Been Terribly Overestimated?

While, in India, the regulatory barriers are almost non-existent, our internet is still mostly in English and our politicians aren't able to control digital media companies like the Chinese and Russians can do in their countries. The result of our openness? The Facebook of India is Facebook, the Google of India is Google, and the Twitter of India is Twitter.
03/04/2016 12:27 PM IST
Dear Narendra Modi: Here Is What You Are Doing

Dear Narendra Modi: Here Is What You Are Doing Wrong

So you want a second term as PM? Here's what you need to do: ditch the RSS. Yes, they might have been your spiritual home for ages, but they are screwing up India and nobody likes them anyway. Plus they are costing you a huge chunk of votes--your national vote share in 2014 was 31%, and it's dropped to 24% in Bihar. So primarily you've lost a quarter of your earlier fan base in just 18 months.
08/11/2015 9:15 PM IST
Act Now: India's Telecos And Regulators Are Trying To Kill Open

Act Now: India's Telecos And Regulators Are Trying To Kill Open Internet

First, is there a problem now? Actually no. You've enjoyed the internet, the way it's supposed to be -- freely and fully, till now. But in 16 days from the day I write this -- April 22, 2015, the telecom regulators in India are preparing to recommend that it all change. Against you.
07/04/2015 8:42 AM IST