Panel Speakers for 2007 Kellogg India Business Conference
Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital - The Next Big Idea
As one of the fastest growing industries within one of the world's fastest growing democracies, Venture Capital has moved from a mere 1% of overall corporate buyout activity into the double digits in 2006. The explosion of LBO funds excelling in the Indian markets has paved the way for sustained growth in foreign investment. This panel explores the various players in this relatively new industry, the exit strategies that are becoming relevant and the returns that make it a lucrative business to enter. It also focuses on the demand side of the market and highlights the talented entrepreneurs looking for funding and the issues they face in accessing capital. As quoted by a principal from one of the leading investment firms in India - "It's about enlarging the pie, not just slicing up what's already there."
Warrior joined Alfalight as president and CEO in February 2004. Prior
to joining Alfalight, Mr. Warrior's career includes 15 years at Motorola
Semiconductors (now Freescale) where he most recently led the test and
assembly operations, a group of 3500 employees, in the US, Scotland and
Korea. He previously held senior-level leadership positions at Motorola
including managing operations for silicon wafer fabrication, and leading
a global team of scientists and engineers to develop advanced packaging
Shekhawat has more than 18 years of experience with software development,
information technology and management consulting. He is presently the
CEO of Fieldglass, a leading provider of software solutions to help large
firms manage their spend on a variety of business services such as contingent
labor and outsourced projects.
is the founding CEO of Great Software Laboratory, which builds products
for next generation communication and collaboration infrastructure. GS
Lab has partnerships with several leading edge start-ups that contribute
to its innovative network security and data communication products. He
also founded Sarvega in Chicago in June 2000 and raised over $20M from
leading VCs for this business. Sarvega provided leading products that
secure and scale ML-based Web services applications before getting acquired
by Intel in August 2005.
Matthew McCall is a co-founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Portage Venture Partners and Portage Venture Partners. McCall is responsible for managing the firm¹s investments in EverDream, Feedburner, Imago Scientific, Lefthand Networks, Siimpel and TicketsNow.
Ranjay Gulati is the Michael L. Nemmers Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He also serves as the co-director of Kellogg’s Heizer Center for Entrepreneurship.
Professor Gulati is a widely recognized specialist on strategic and organizational issues in firms, including the creation and management of intra and inter-firm partnerships and achieving short term and long term growth by organic means, as well as through mergers, acquisitions, and alliances. He is the co-author of two books – “Techventure: New Rules for Value and Profit from Silicon Valley” (John Wiley & Sons, 2001), and “Kellogg on Innovation and Technology” (John Wiley & Sons, 2002). His next book, "Customer Centric Organizations" focuses on the transformation processes that enable firms to engage with their customers more effectively.
Professor Gulati holds a Ph.D. from Harvard Business School, a Master’s Degree in Management from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management, and two Bachelor’s Degrees, in Computer Science and Economics, from Washington State University and St. Stephens College, New Delhi, respectively.