After spending over two decades in Equities, Venky now spends time mentoring startups in Singapore and India. His active investment style involves deep engagement with the startup. Working closely with the Founders, Venky looks to bring discipline and a focus on profitable growth. Venky started his career in Citi in Cash Management in 1992 but then quickly moved to the fast paced Equities world when the Indian Economy opened up for foreigners. After being involved with 2 Startup Equity Brokerages in the Sales function, Venky joined Citi again in 2000 as part of core team to start the Equities business in India.
After establishing the Citi India business, Venky moved to Singapore to join the Citi Asian Equities team in 2003. Venky transitioned from being an India Specialist Salesperson to an Asian Generalist Salesperson. Following a successful Sales role, Venky moved to Management and became the Head of ASEAN Equities. Venky quit Citigroup in 2010, took a sabbatical and rejoined Equities when Standard Chartered Bank was setting up in Asia. After Standard Chartered Bank closed the Equities business globally, Venky decided to hang his Equities boots and concentrate on using his expertise in identifying promising startups, investing and nurturing them.
Venky lives in Singapore and is now a Singaporean but maintains very close ties with India. After an Engineering Degree Venky did his Masters in Management Studies from University of Mumbai specialising in Finance. Venky volunteers at the Buona Vista Community Centre and is part of the Indian Activities Executive Committee.