Darshit is an investment associate at Kalaari. He evaluates investment opportunities across sectors focusing more on Internet services and Enterprise Software. Before joining Kalaari, he worked with Big-4 consulting firms (Deloitte and KPMG) in their technology strategy practice advising clients across industries on their technology roadmaps and investments.
Darshit has an MBA from IIM Lucknow and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Nirma Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad.
What makes the job exciting
I get to see exciting ideas and meet smart entrepreneurs every day as part of my job. More importantly, I get to witness the journey of these companies before they become legendary corporations.
Thoughts on startup success
- The idea should solve a large problem in a unique way.
- The team must have complementary skill sets and immense passion for success.
- There has to be long-term vision to create a sustainable business.
- As a business, you should learn and adapt quickly.
Views on entrepreneurship
When you pitch to VCs, what is important is your clarity of thought around the problem you are trying to solve and passion with which you narrate your story. There are no fool-proof business plans at that stage of the company. Of course, there will be a lot of unknowns, but your perseverance and ability to navigate those unchartered waters is what will bring you success.
What I like about Kalaari
India is going through a digital revolution and there’s this buzzing ecosystem of smart and passionate venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Kalaari is at the centre stage of this ecosystem and I like that I’m here, in the middle of where it’s all happening.