Abhinav is the Legal Counsel at Kalaari and is responsible for end-to-end legal strategy and support for investment and exit transactions. He also manages compliance and is involved in advising the portfolio companies on their legal and regulatory issues. Abhinav has previously been associated with premier Indian law firms and corporate houses, where he worked on a broad spectrum of areas such as PE/VC deals, structured finance, infrastructure funding, and general corporate advisory. Prior to joining Kalaari he was the General Counsel of a leading domestic VC fund.
Abhinav believes in being an enabler for new businesses and new ideas, especially those disrupting the conventional way in which things are being done or understood. Abhinav received his B.L.S., LL.B from Government Law College, Mumbai and is also a qualified Company Secretary. Outside of work, Abhinav has a keen interest in Indian history and theology. He is also an avid traveler and a movie buff.
Being an enabler for new businesses and new ideas, especially those disrupting the conventional way in which things are being done or understood.
What makes the job exciting
Being an enabler for new businesses and new ideas, especially those disrupting the conventional way in which things are being done or understood is both challenging and intellectually stimulating. This coupled with the opportunity to be a part of the journey of really intelligent and highly motivated entrepreneurs is highly exciting.
Views on entrepreneurship
Make sure you are in for the long haul. It's a marathon and not a 100 m dash. Money is only one of the many resources you’d need to build your company, which you may be able to raise. But do you have the other resources? The time and energy it takes to build something from scratch. The willingness and grit to sink in your heels and withstand the tough times. The ability to develop a team and to lead them. One question you would face time and again from prospective investors, customers and even the talent you would want to hire would be ‘Why you?”. It is imperative to have a real answer to this.
Thoughts on startup success
Have a long term vision to solve a large problem with an innovative solution which is scalable. The founding team should have the passion, dedication and determination to make the vision a reality. Last but not the least, ability to get the right people for the right job and to be able to retain them.
What I like about Kalaari
The culture of open dialogue and the people I work with. Most importantly, the fact that Kalaari as an institution is truly focused on developing the start-up eco system in India.