The Techcircle Payments Forum, to be held on May 19, 2016 at ITC Maratha in Mumbai, will focus on how digital payment enablers and wallets are gaining traction, enhancing financial inclusion and helping India move towards a cashless economy. One of the main reasons for this growing optimism is the investors who are backing innovative startups that are providing consumers and businesses alternative means to complete transactions.
What are the key factors attracting investors to the payments sector? To answer this question, Techcircle Payments Forum will bring together some leading investors in the payments space. Here are some of them.
Amit Soni, Principal, General Atlantic
Soni joined GA in 2008, where he focuses on investments in the internet and technology sector, including IT services. He is closely involved with General Atlantic’s investments in BillDesk, CitiusTech, IBS Software and Mu Sigma. He has played an active role in General Atlantic’s investments in House of Anita Dongre (formerly known as AND Designs), Kaspersky, MedExpress, Red Ventures, Hexaware and Infotech Enterprises.
Nikhil Raghavan, Principal, Bain Capital Advisors (India) Pvt Ltd
At Bain Capital, Raghavan focuses on technology and consumer goods, and is responsible for developing Bain’s Southeast Asia presence. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Raghavan was with The Boston Consulting Group, where he advised clients in technology and business services. Raghavan also spent a number of years in the enterprise software industry and as an entrepreneur.
Nitin Nayar, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus India Private Limited
Nayar is involved in the firm’s investment advisory activities in India and evaluates opportunities in the technology and media sectors. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Nayar was business development manager for Epoch Partners, a boutique US investment bank and worked in the technology investment banking group at Merrill Lynch in Palo Alto. He is a director of MXC Solutions India Private Limited (Car Trade) and Capillary Technologies. Nayar holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Abheek Anand, Principal, Sequoia Capital India
Anand helps lead early-stage technology investments for the firm. Previously, he was a product manager at Facebook in Menlo Park, where he ran several products on the ads team. Before that, he was the co-founder and CEO of Tagtile, a technology startup that was acquired by Facebook.
Vishal Mehta, Co-founder and Managing Director, Lok Capital
Mehta heads the investment arm of Lok Capital, an impact fund manager with roughly $90 million under management focused on the India market. Lok funds high-potential entrepreneurs developing market-oriented solutions for socially or economically challenging problems for lower-income segments. The firm has so far invested in around 16 companies including Ujjivan Financial Services, Vistaar Financial Services and RuralShores.
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