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Snigdha Sur
31st July 2015

Every bit the New Yorker she is. A Yale graduate, bulletproofed at McKinsey, now in her second year at Harvard Business School. Bedazzled by Bollywood, she spend the summer with us in Mumbai to understand what's next in content and media.

I came to Lightbox in late May, to learn about investing and all that jazz. But I think what I really learned -- from everyone -- is how to stay so effusively positive, empathize, tell and share stories, and become an even better version of myself.

I'm leaving you all with one of my favorite passages from The Little Prince, which I try to read every year to remind myself of how silly adults are (or how we become sillier as we forget to dream or be imaginative).


 

And after some work with a colored pencil I succeeded in making my first drawing. My Drawing Number One. It looked something like this:

I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.
But they answered: "Frighten? Why should any one be frightened by a hat?"

My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. But since the grown-ups were not able to understand it, I made another drawing: I drew the inside of a boa constrictor, so that the grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained. My Drawing Number Two looked like this:

The grown-ups' response, this time, was to advise me to lay aside my drawings of boa constrictors, whether from the inside or the outside, and devote myself instead to geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar. That is why, at the age of six, I gave up what might have been a magnificent career as a painter. I had been disheartened by the failure of my Drawing Number One and my Drawing Number Two. Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.


 

Q & A

What are you doing now?
I just graduated from Harvard Business School and am in a Web Development immerse coding school at Flatiron in downtown New York. I'm constantly thinking about new media ideas.

What is venture capital to you? 
It connects people and ideas. And if you do this right, everyone will be successful.

How do you see technology changing India in the next 10 years?
India has often been overlooked by startups in the past ten years. Spotify didn't think about it's India launch strategy until much later. Apple thought about China first before it really thought about India. But that's all starting to change. Brands and companies can no longer think about India NEXT or LATER or AFTER CHINA. It must think about India AT THE SAME TIME as it thinks about the word growth, which means from day zero.

What’s the best insider tip you would give to a new intern?
Get to know everyone at Lightbox and don't forget to have fun. Go to all the events!

What’s the wisest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Don't do something just because you have done it. Do something because you want to do it now.

 

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