Karthik is a seasoned finance professional and a trained Carnatic violinist and singer. Prior to joining Kalaari, he held senior management positions at various multinational companies and a merchant bank. He has over 20 years of experience in financial and strategic planning, accounting, taxation and business strategy.
At Kalaari, he provides strategic and operational leadership of finance and administration, coordinating with fund administrators on portfolio governance, financial management and reporting, investor reporting, treasury, financial risk assessment and monitoring. Karthik is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Madras University.
What makes the job exciting
It’s always exciting to look at new businesses and new ideas, especially those that aren’t always easily understood, so you have to dig deeper. That’s intellectually very stimulating. Then of course, there’s the pleasure of seeing the companies succeed and knowing you were part of that.
Thoughts on startup success
Make sure you have a high quality team with the right instincts and entrepreneurial zeal. Build relationships — you should be able hire and work with senior professionals when your company grows because your business needs them. Maintain your culture. It’s easy to lose sight of this in all the noise happening in the market. Softer areas of your business need an equal amount of attention. Build the right culture and retain your key personnel.
Views on entrepreneurship
Always focus on what’s important. Don’t try to do too many things, because you have limited money and resources. Once you focus, other things fall in place. Keep your ears to the ground and be nimble. There are so many companies out there fighting for a share of a limited pie. At the end of the day it’s about the consumer, service and quality of delivery. So make sure you pivot when you need to.
What I like about Kalaari
I’ve been here for 8 years now, so it’s been a pleasure to mentor the younger members of our team and watch them grow. It’s also challenging and exciting because you’re always thinking of what your portfolio companies need amid all the intense competition. Being a part of a successful team feels great.