An avid risk taker, Ankit has an eclectic background across technology, finance and entrepreneurship. He came to Lightbox as an intern in May 2018 and joined us full time as an associate a few months later.
Ankit graduated with a degree in electronics engineering from the University of Mumbai and has cleared all 3 levels of the CFA. After graduating from college he was recruited at Deloitte Consulting where he had his first encounter with technology. Having implemented multiple tech solutions & ERPs across Fortune 500 financial institutions, he was naturally drawn to the field of finance and found his way into equity research at JP Morgan covering insurance and healthcare sectors for the APAC region.
Always a problem solver and entrepreneur at heart, Ankit finally took the plunge in 2015 and co-founded his first venture, Grabstr Technologies. Grabstr was an app-based local discovery platform that helped local businesses market their services and users find new opportunities around them. Ankit headed business development and finance at Grabstr and learnt the art of sales the good old fashioned way – knocking from door-to-door.
After Grabstr ran its course, he took the skills he learnt and went on to co-found The Superfood Co., retailing healthy snacks. Ankit helped scale the business for 1.5 years heading sales and business development with reach all across Mumbai and parts of Western India. After exiting the company in 2018, he drew on his entrepreneurial experience and passion for investing and landed in the VC world.
Drawing from his background and experience, Ankit loves spending time around new ideas and passionate entrepreneurs. His day is split between working with portfolio companies, discovering new ideas and financially analysing prospective startups.
In his free time, Ankit loves swimming, politics and stand-up comedy. His love for adventure sports has currently drawn him to scuba diving, where he is looking to complete his advanced certification.
What does failure mean to you? Time to introspect, learn and realign goals to aim higher.
What’s your superpower?Patience
Which is your favourite city in the world?Rio De Janeiro
If you weren’t a venture capitalist, you’d be.. An architect
All eyes are now on economic activity to recover and catch up to the markets in terms of earnings. But until that day comes, we can continue to expect the unexpected and hopefully see the companies in our venture ecosystem finally achieve their holy grail of being publicly traded.