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Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps):

Deepak Gaur (LinkedIn, @gaurdeepak123), Managing Director, SAIF Partners

  • Career of Deepak Gaur
    • How did you get started in your career as a software engineer? [0:55]
    • From IBM to McKinsey, and subsequently to SAIF Partners, what are the interesting career lessons you can share? [1:41]
    • What brought you to work in venture capital and investing in startups? [2:55]
    • What are the major differences between consulting for big corporations and investing in startups? [3:46]
  • SAIF Partners
      • What is the mission of SAIF Partners? [4:33]
      • Does the fund have an investment thesis? In which stage of a startup does the fund invest?
      • Is the fund geography-specific? It is known that SAIF Partners has presence in China as well… [5:42]
      • Which industry verticals does the fund invest in? [6:27]
        • UrbanLadder [7:48]
        • Treebo [7:53]

    The changing culture of Indian students from going to big corporations now to startups, and follow-up discussion on first and second generation entrepreneurs. [8:50]

    • Which Indian cities are seeing the strongest startup activities? [10:49]
    • Which are the few interesting companies from SAIF portfolio? [11:46]
      • Paytm [11:58]
      • FirstCry [14:39]
      • XpressBees [15:25]
      • Rivigo [16:09]
  • India Startup Ecosystem
    • Given that the volume and valuation of deals are surging in India, is the market overheating? [17:56]
    • Are there any interesting new categories that venture funds will look to invest in? [19:40]
    • What kind of founders do you invest in? [21:30]
    • What do you hope to see in the next five years for the startup ecosystem? [22:42]
    • Do you foresee the traditional corporations such as the Tata Group and Infosys to enter and exert its influence on the startup ecosystem? [23:16]