Manish SinghalFounding Partner at pi Ventures
Manish Singhal, a 1992 graduate from IIT Kanpur, is a technologist turned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He aspires to help put India on the deep tech innovation map of the world via his work at pi Ventures. He brings 28+ years of experience across diverse sets of fields - building cutting edge deep technology products at global scale, mentoring startups, investing in them and building a deep tech venture fund.
Manish started pi Ventures in early 2016 with the vision of accelerating the development of Artificial Intelligence startups in India. In 2015, he noticed a trend of some companies using patterns in data to bring insights and deliver significantly differentiated outcomes for their customers. Such startups could potentially outshine their peers to become category leaders.
Before pi, Manish co-founded LetsVenture.com and led it to become the leading marketplace for startups & early stage investors in India. In just 12 months, he grew the investor base to 700+ investors from 20 countries and got 1800 startups on the platform.
In his early days, he stood 61st in the IIT-JEE. After completing his electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur, he was instrumental in building products and teams in different startups and established organisations like Sling Media, Ittiam Systems and Motorola. He has contributed to the standardization of MPEG-4 standard as well and holds a couple of technology patents to his name. While heading the R&D center for Sling Media, he led the organic growth of the center from 15 engineers to over 150+. In just 3.5 years, Sling Media had a $380mn exit to Echostar Inc, primarily on the basis of technology that was developed at the R&D center.
He is also a certified coach under the International Coaching Federation, USA. He is a keen psychologist and volunteers his time to help people facing mental health issues. He is also an amateur wildlife photographer.