At Lightbox we’ve always tried to use tech to build interesting businesses. Companies that understand what Indian consumers want as well as they understand their household budgets. We ran our annual day at a modern art gallery in Colaba, with our CEOs as well as a few founders from our network to lead the discussion.
To set the stage, Sandeep Murthy ran through our view on the market, highlighting our view that ‘supermodels’ are at the crux of what we’re investing in. With a cost structure advantage in the bank, companies centre their energy on what really matters to customers. It also proves how fast an industry can be reshaped when consumers are in charge. So, where does cost structure advantage come from?
Four years and $100 million. Presented with those numbers, most venture capital firms would likely have spread their bets and racked up a bare minimum of a dozen investments. Not Lightbox. The VC firm has backed just six startups across its second fund raised in 2014 and a $54-million expansion vehicle set up two years later. Simply put, Lightbox does things its own way by banking on a light portfolio of consumer technology companies to build winners.Read More
When we first met to discuss starting a fund, one of the things that we all had in common was that we were entrepreneurs. We had launched our own companies, gotten rejected by investor after investor, produced good and bad products and experienced failure after failure. We were start up warriors and had the battle scars to prove it.Read More