Anand Sridharan of Bessemer Venture Partners-India and Roshan D’Silva, Managing Partner of Middle East technology incubator One Nine Three (and co-founder of IIT-Bombay incubatee MyZus Infotech), have an interesting debate going on Anand’s blog on whether late-stage, non-tech investments will score over early stage tech focused investments.

Some Extracts:


India needs early stage capital today. The market is large and is ideal for an investor who can cherry pick the companies who he can back. I see no reason to sacrifice returns and join the crowd….I just feel there is more money to be made in the long run by building a very traditional Silicon Valley-ish Venture Capital firm investing in india.


Where is the actual investment opportunity, specific to the Indian market? Non-tech, growth capital opportunities outnumber tech, venture capital opportunities by an order of magnitude. Possibly even higher, if you apply a quality filter. Indian IP/tech startup scene is fast improving, but is still a few years away from critical mass.

So, what am I saying. There is a ‘sweet spot’ in not-so-large companies requiring expansion capital to scale up a proven business model in non-tech sectors. As of now, this spot is sweeter than early-stage tech.

Arun Natarajan

Arun Natarajan is the Founder of Venture Intelligence, which tracks venture capital activity in India. View Sample Issues of Venture Intelligence newsletters, reports and directories.

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