Lightbox

Sandeep Murthy

Partner

Irresistibly drawn to technology and gadgets and emerging DJ in local circles

Sandeep is the glue at Lightbox. Having pulled together the team over the past 3 years, he’s the one responsible for keeping the machine moving as one. Sandeep moved to Mumbai in 2005 to lead Sherpalo Ventures in India. As a Partner with Sherpalo he has been a part of three Indian technology unicorns ($1 billion value companies – InfoEdge, InMobi and Shopclues). He has led Series A investments and taken operational roles such as CEO and head of Corporate Development in these companies.

A dreamer from the start, who doesn’t believe in choosing between “this or that” he did his undergrad in both business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Like all good Penn grads he dove into investment banking. However, since it was the height of the dot.com boom, he did it a little differently by moving out to Palo Alto, California to join CSFB Technology Group.

Having helped tell a few stories to the public markets Sandeep decided to write his own story and teamed up with a friend to build a digital music company that was incubated by Sony Music – unfortunately, they were 10 years too early and ended up selling the company to Sony after the Internet bubble burst. After a few years of living the Bay Area dream at a start up and getting his MBA from Wharton, he moved to New York City to join InterActive Corp (IAC) – the owners of Expedia, TicketMaster, Home Shopping Network and other consumer technology businesses. While at IAC he helped launched Gifts.com and started to explore the India technology opportunity.

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Q&A

What does failure mean to you?  
Failure is a painful learning opportunity, without which, success would never be as sweet.

What’s your superpower?
Storytelling

Which is your favourite city in the world?
Welligama on the southern coast of Sri Lanka… great waves, cool beach shacks and amazing people

If you weren’t a venture capitalist, you’d be..
A dj