Ankit Harjai
Fellow at Kstart
Ankit is a BITS Pilani graduate with 4.5 years of experience in Business & Operations Consulting and Corporate development. Prior to Kstart, he worked in a senior management role at a Sequoia Capital-invested startup, CarDekho, in Delhi and abroad. He had a 2.5 years stint as a management consultant at ZS Associates in their Delhi & New York offices. Ankit holds brief experience in Non-Profit management and Public Policy, having served as an Interim-CEO for a non-profit organisation, People for the education and Child healthcare (Peach.org.in) and external consultant to Grameen Foundation, USA. He is also a Social Innovation Fellow from the StartingBloc Institute, USA and Global Scholar at Center for Global enterprise, New York.

Why did you decide to take this fellowship up?

I love the way Kstart is operating in the VC world. This inspires me to be a part of Kstart, to gain exposure to early-stage technology investing and eventually, grow a career in private equity investment. With the seasoned transition from product development to consulting, and now corporate development, I see my career interest more inclined towards Investment management and this fellowship programme can be my launchpad.

What are your areas of interest?

I am an avid follower of Technology & Healthcare investments and also, keep my eye on Private equity investments in US & India markets.My interests range from Social Innovation for Non-Profits  to Sales & Marketing solutions across geographies for the CPG and services. I am also keen on learning the impact of Public Policy on businesses and society at large.

What do you do when you’re not at Kstart?

If I am not at Kstart, I am busy reading books at a public library or blogs from the famous investors from the west like Bill Gurley, John Doerr etc.

The book I last read:

I am currently reading a book – Designing your life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans. This book has a strong learning resource for life gauging and mind mapping tools which one can leverage for personal development.

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