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Mahesh Murthy
Works at Seedfund / Pinstorm
Attended College of Technology, Osmania University
Lives in Bombay / Mumbai
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Guys, you must see this, no matter what your political leanings are: the Prime Minister of Bhutan -

https://youtu.be/xCLZT5m6jaA
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By Mahesh Murthy Has the opportunity for Indian Internet startups been terribly wrongly estimated? I was at a conference the other day, speaking on a panel with VCs and angels, when we were asked a question: With the softening of valuations and the famous Flipkart markdown, is there still
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Once, I was asked to say "Jai Maharashtra" to get safe passage out of a Shiv Sena mob near my place. This demand to shout "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" seems just the same.

No one needs to shout out some words to prove they love India. In fact, no one even needs to prove they love India, as long as they live peacefully here. One's decision to live here and continue to live here when millions have migrated or plan to migrate or have taken other citizenships itself proves your choice. Further, criticising India doesn't mean you don't love it. It can mean that you care enough to protest to want to make it better.

Do I love India? Sure. Do I feel the need to criticise things from time to time? Sure. Can things be better here? Sure. Are things perfect now? Nope. Is the political climate perfect? Absolutely not.

I like cricket and support the Indian cricket team. But so what if someone supports the Pakistani cricket team? Does that automatically make them anti-national? Nope. I love Federer. It doesn't make me a Swiss nationalist.

So what is this nationalistic nonsense about shouting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai"? To me it's just one way for the politicians to try and put us into a "if you're not with me, you're against me" camp. We must defy them.

Specially because these are the very politicians who have their money abroad and pay next to no taxes in India - if anything THEIR nationalism is suspect.

Like anything, saying "Bharat mata ki jai" or "Vande Mataram" or "Saare jahaan se achcha" or whatever should be voluntary. IF you feel like saying it, do. If you don't, either way is equally irrelevant and should be equally fine. Mouthing words is not a test of your citizenship.
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Rash discounters kill themselves, and pave the way for those who come after to win. Air Deccan killed itself and its parent Kingfisher - and paved the way for Indigo & Spicejet to take over the industry. Flipkart is killing itself, and paving the way for Amazon & PayTM. The same story is playing out in multiple sectors.
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Hello, #Chandigarh. I'm speaking at TiEcon Chandigarh today at The Lalit, if you'd like to drop by:-)
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Not my usual beat - but wrote this about love and marriage in The Indian Express:

http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/feelings/unchained-matrimony/
Love and marriage in India aren’t what they used to be. Thank heavens for that.
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What do you think of the online matchmaking space in India? Is there a scope for product innovation or is it just going to be based on ad-spend ?

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200,000 followers on LinkedIn... gosh!

Now what can I do for you folks? :-)
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I think he is already doing it.
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After two years of reckless funding and growth, realism takes root among Indian e-commerce companies.
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Thanks for this post Mahesh.
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Has The Opportunity For Indian Internet Startups Been Terribly Wrongly Estimated?
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Saw and was amazed by #SpotlightTheMovie. Hope someone makes an Indian version on sex abuse by pedophile +Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi

http://saibaba-x.org.uk/6/index.html
At least 30 young men have testified to one or another form of sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba, from handling of genitals to masturbation and oral sex. OVERVIEW OF SATHYA SAI BABA REPORTED SEXUAL ABUSES · FULL SIGNED TESTIMONIES BY THOSE REPORTING SB'S SEXUAL ABUSES · SEXUALLY ABUSED MALE ...
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Whoa... Alianzo says I'm the top-ranked person on Linkedin in India.
So Dad may finally be ok with me dropping out! :)

http://www.alianzo.com/en/top-ranking/Linkedin/people/country/India
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Marketer. Venture capitalist. Columnist, Traveller
Employment
  • Seedfund / Pinstorm
    Founder, 2000 - present
  • Pinstorm
    Founder, 2004 - present
  • Seedfund
    Founder, Managing Partner, 2006 - present
  • Channel V
    CEO, 1999 - 2000
  • iCat
    VP Marketing, 1997 - 1999
  • US Web / CKS
    Partner, General Manager, Creative Director, 1994 - 1997
  • Ogilvy & Mather
    Associate Creative Director, 1990 - 1994
  • Grey Global Group
    Creative Supervisor, 1987 - 1990
  • FCB Ulka
    Copywriter, 1985 - 1987
  • ASP
    Copywriter, 1984 - 1985
  • Eureka Forbes
    Sales Representative, 1983 - 1984
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Bombay / Mumbai
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Seattle - Portland, OR - Hong Kong - New Delhi - Hyderabad - Tezpur - Mussoorie - Vadodara - Srinagar
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Marketer: Founder Pinstorm. Venture capitalist: Founder, Seedfund. Traveler. Columnist
Introduction
The elevator pitch:

Mahesh Murthy is a marketing expert, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the founder of digital brand management firm Pinstorm, and co-founder of venture capital firm Seedfund

Follow Mahesh on Twitter at @maheshmurthy.

The longer story: 

Mahesh has spent 29 years helping big brands with marketing counsel, and 13 years helping startups with marketing counsel and funding too. 19 of these years have been in digital media.

Mahesh dropped out of college, sold vacuum cleaners door to door, worked with Grey in India and then Ogilvy in Hong Kong, where he won notoriety and awards as Creative Director on Unilever, The Economist, Pepsi and MTV for whom he wrote and shot a series of top award-winning commercials. 

He then moved to a Silicon Valley agency, CKS Partners as CD, GM & Partner, where he helped create the first graphical UI for Yahoo in 95 and the now-classic Earth’s Biggest Bookstore campaign for Amazon in 97. 

After a successful NASDAQ IPO, Mahesh moved to head marketing at iCat, an e-com firm in Seattle later bought by Intel. 

He returned to India in 1999 turn around Channel V, a rival to MTV, till its sale to Newscorp in 2000, then founded Passionfund to invest in startups. His investees include Geodesic, WebDunia, EBS, Inkfruit and Doolally

Mahesh has penned somewhat infamous columns in Business Today, Businessworld and WSJ. On TV, he's played the Donald Trump-like role in Business Baazigar in 2007, and the Dragon's Den-like role on ETNow's SuperAngels in 2011 & 2012

In 2004, Mahesh found a need for a digital-first brand management firm and set up Pinstorm. With over 100 people across offices in India, Singapore & Malaysia, it is now among South Asia's leading digital brand management firms, creating award-winning work on the region's largest telecom, banking, FMCG and retail brands.

Mahesh has a passion for early-stage investing and set up Seedfund with Pravin Gandhi and Bharati Jacob, voted in 2010 as India's best VC fund. Seedfund has 25+ investees including Carwale, RedBus, Vaatsalya, Innoz and MyDentist.

LinkedIn named Mahesh in "Power Profiles in India 2012" - indicating the most visited Indian profiles among 15m+, and he also ranks in the top 100 Indian influencers list.

Awards and recognition:

Pinstorm won awards in 2010-11 for "Best Social Network" for its client Cafe Coffee Day, "Best Rich Media Campaign" for CNN. "Best Online Banner" for Open Magazine, "Best Email Campaign" for Akshara Dyslexic Center and "Best Public Service Website" for Save The Children.

Seedfund was voted in 2011 as "The best venture capital fund in India".


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Education
  • College of Technology, Osmania University
    Chemical Engineering, 1982 - 1983
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Picket
    +2, 1980 - 1982
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