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Mahesh Murthy
Works at Seedfund / Pinstorm
Attended College of Technology, Osmania University
Lives in Bombay / Mumbai
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The Swiss authorities raid HSBC for money laundering. And if you're wondering why news of HSBC's criminality is muted, read on to see why a senior editor of a UK paper resigned because it suppressed bad news about HSBC to retain plump advertising contracts.

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दस रुपए के मफ्लर ने ढक दिया दस लाख के सूट को।
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ture but he can do well?
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What will 2015 bring for consumer electronics? My guest editorial in Exhibit magazine:
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what sir,
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And why just 5 themes - is it so hard for me to choose the colour I want from a colour picker?
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Big Bazaar is now blowing large chunks on full page ads announcing discounts. What does it think it is, an e-com firm?:-)
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+dinesh chouhan BEDEO
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Today I drove a Tata Nano over 150km on a range of good and bad roads. I believe this is a great product killed by dumb positioning, advertising and marketing.
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A very good product is marred by the way of advertising. Look at the tag line. The world's cheapest car. 
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My piece in The Economic Times Sunday Magazine today - surprised they even printed it! "Big budgets are for big losers"
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being sensible, leveraging strengths and service quality! enjoyed the article + mahesh murthy
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HSBC (Hawala Swiss Bank Co) actually funded a drug dealer to buy a plane to smuggle cocaine. And it's still scot-free. Wow.
While the Justice Department was busy prosecuting American HSBC customers for tax evasion, it has taken no action against the bank for nearly five years.
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This is not for the 1st time, HSBC has paid penalty before for such drug money laundering in US before. Kinda habitual offenders. We are leaving in the time where d difference between a bankster n gangster Is almost null.
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If you've got 10 minutes, here's my take on how brands will win in today's world. And if you have a few more minutes, watch the Q&A for my take on Tata Motors, Airtel & Vodafone. Tell me what you think!
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So +Flipkart  took 7 years to hit $1bn in India. India does it in 17 months. Somewhere, folks who invested $1.7bn must be very, very nervous.
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ha ha ha . I see people/Media in India is taking this game from wrong perspective. 
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Chunkey Pandey: Oh laal dupatte wali tera naam to bataa...

Superman: Fuck off.
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Mangalyaan travels 46 crore kilometers in Rs. 450 crores. That's less than Rs.10 per km.

Bombay rickshaws charge more.
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Mangalyaan is carrying only 15kg payload. Bombay rickshaws carry 3 person with luggage and more. :)
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Basic Information
Marketer: Founder Pinstorm. Venture capitalist: Founder, Seedfund. Traveler. Columnist
The elevator pitch:

Mahesh Murthy is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the founder of digital brand management firm Pinstorm, of angel investor Passionfund 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".

Marketer. Venture capitalist. Columnist, Traveller
  • 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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