Ankit Harjai

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Kalaari Capital

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Short Biography

Ankit is a student of investing and keen on gaining opportunities in PE space. With his experience in consulting and Venture Capital, He firmly believes that the private sector is optimally positioned to address capital access and distribution infrastructure issues in emerging markets. He is a Fellow at StartingBloc, USA and Kalaari Capital, Bengaluru in Social entrepreneurship and Venture Capital at present. He has worked on consulting projects during internship at RELAXO HOME APPLIANCES (P) LTD. (2009) on 'How to reduce the manufacturing time at the assembly line'​ and at TKW AUTOMOTIVE LTD.(2010) on 'Automation of the packaging department at the company and its financial evaluation'​. He also served as a Research Intern at CEERI-Pilani on innovative inveter topology and integrated both hardware and software modules to complete the project on deadline.He also possess the experience of working on Psoc kits developed by Cypress Semiconductors. He possesses industrial experience in project management and a stronghold in market research.He is keen on pursuing a career in management consulting. Apart from academics, He is a keen follower of Cricket(The Game) and loves to travel off the beaten path. He is self-learning some photography skills. Ankit is also a Global scholar at '​ The center for Global enterprise' which is lead by eminent professors and industry leaders like Pankaj ghemawat, based out of NewYork. Outside of work, Ankit likes to write thought leadership articles and give back to the community through volunteering and mentorship initiatives. Specialties: Business case studies, Market Research, Analytics, Venture Capital and Private Equity Interest: Squash, NPO If you share an interest in fin-tech,SaaS, private equity, impact investing or management consulting, or simply want to chat about an interesting opportunity or idea, please feel free to in-mail me on my profile or directly reach out at ankit[AT]kstartcapital[DOT]com.

Experience

Apprentice, Kalaari Capital

Aug 2016 to Present

Seed investments Portfolio Operations: Vernacular.ai Investor relations Corporate development

Social innovation fellow, StartingBloc

Jul 2016 to Present

Selected from a global pool of applicants to become a StartingBloc Fellow and participated in DC '16 Institute for Social Innovation. StartingBloc is community of change makers and emerging leaders in the social impact sector. The fellowship begins with an intensive, transformative 5-day institute, which provides skills in rapid prototyping, design thinking, social innovation and leadership. Other Areas: Corporate social innovation, Social enterprise, Sustainability, and Cross-sector partnerships

Corporate Development , CarDekho.com

Jun 2015 to Jul 2016

Carkdekho is India’s leading auto portal which is on an exciting growth journey. It has recently raised $50M led by Hillhouse Capital with participation from Tybourne Capital and Sequoia Capital bringing the valuation to $300M. Mr. Ratan Tata has also invested in Cardekho in a personal capacity. It has also received funds from Alphabet's Growth Equity Investment Fund. Post its acquisition of Gaadi.com, Cardekho has become the leader in both New Car as well as Used Car segment. Focus Areas: Thought leadership, Business Use Case development, Market Research & Report Analysis, CEO office Initiatives

External Consultant , Grameen Foundation

Dec 2014 to Dec 2015

Focus Areas: Research & Analysis, Monitoring & Evaluation, Policy development, Advocacy & Engagement

Management Consultant, ZS Asscoiates

Feb 2013 to Jun 2015

-Worked primarily in the Analytics Process Outsourcing and Sales Compensation practice area. - Worked for Top 2 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology firms (by revenue). - Part of a team which worked on a High impact project which generated a total profit of 1.48 million USD North American top 3 Life Sciences client: Devised the Global commercial operation strategy for product launch in North American market Singapore top 10 Life Sciences client: Performed competitive analysis of their business strategy for generic and oncology product divisions European biotechnology client: Devised Sales force management (Incentive compensation) plan for their commercial operation team positioned in European Union. Key skills include Business review and Business process design and improvement Served clients in India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Canada and USA

Technology Consultant | Product management intern , eGain Communications

Jun 2012 to Jan 2013

eGain is the one of the leaders in the Gartner's Magic Quadrant for web customer service. Worked with the consulting group responsible for aligning Company products with business goals of the customers. As a member of the professional services team,He was responsible for analyzing the customer’s requirements and implementing solutions within and around the Company products. Clients served in France and USA. Domain: Healthcare, Cosmetics, Sports Projects: 1) European Cosmetic giant: Devised a Sales web chat platform for their CRM team 2) NBA team: Provided client services to the technology team for improving their fan engagement on the merchandise portal Key responsibilities:  Project Module management: Independently helped in development and implementation of sub-sections of a software solution on Java  Market Research: Designed market research surveys and analyzed the client response to identify new features needed on eGain web chat platform and other eGain software for a group of 40+ clients Skills: Java, J2EE, SQL, HTML 5.0

Interim Chief Executive officer and President , People for the education and child healthcare

Dec 2010 to Jun 2015

People for the education and child healthcare is a self-sustainable, youth led non-profit registered under the Indian Societies Act. As a Founder, I: • Developed the local advocacy reports for local districts in Delhi, Haryana, AP & Maharashtra • Conducted K-12 education in Math and Sciences to 200+ students through digital platforms Focus areas: Non-profit management, Advocacy Programs, Community leadership

Education

B.Eng (Hons.), Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science

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Course completed with Ist division as per the BITS-Pilani university rules and regulations. BITS Pilani is India’s most selective university (acceptance rate< 1.5%). Leadership Experience: - Led a team of volunteers to manage allocation of volunteers and resources for events organised on behalf of Department association. - Acted as the liaison between the Department association and its members as a team leader in Phoenix at BITS Pilani.

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