Serial Entrepreneur, Speaker, Investor & Mentor
An alumnus of Mumbai University, IIM, Calcutta, and ESSEC Business School Paris, he believes in the power of entrepreneurship to empower India.
Director & CEO – Sun and Sands Advisors, Japan
Founder & CEO – The India Network
Director & GP – Scale Ventures Fund
Former Co-Founder – NDTV IndianRoots
Former Co – Founder – FashionandYou.com
Rahul Narvekar, doesn’t believe in doing the mundane. If you expect him to always follow the books, you would be disappointed. Founder CEO of The India Network and Founder Director of Scale Ventures – an early stage investment fund, Rahul is an entrepreneur who started his career at an early age, as a door to door salesman to support his education.
After being expelled from his entrepreneurship programme for asking “too many questions” and “being a trouble maker” his maiden venture in cable advertising was in 1994. In 1999, he setup Asia’s first interactive music channel – Channel Oxygen in Bombay. It was love for C. Pallavi Rao that made him move to Delhi where he started from scratch in a completely new field of work: Mall Management. He rose from the level of a Senior Manager to becoming the VP of Ansal Plaza, the first mall of India.
Moving with and ahead of times being his forte, in 2009 he set up www.fashionandyou.com which was one of the earliest e-commerce fashion portals and raised more than $ 58 million for the same.In 2013 he partnered with NDTV to set up www.indianroots.com for selling Designer and Ethnic wear to the Global Indian diaspora.Exiting this in 2016 he set up Scale Ventures group – an early stage angel fund as also www.theindianetwork.in, an on ground community for start-ups focused on Tier 2, 3, 4 and beyond cities of India and students.His passion and intent to create value for start-ups and entrepreneurs from the smaller towns of India, led him to take a cohort of 15 promising start-up founders and some young student entrepreneurs to the United States for an intensive boot camp and pitch their ideas to investors from Silicon Valley in September 2017, helping 5 start-ups raise funds and with others getting mentored.
Rahul Narvekar certainly doesn’t believe in doing the mundane. A frequent speaker to corporates, campuses, and various forums including twice at the United nations , Harvard Business school and TEDX, he is a storyteller like none other,a maverick and a warrior at heart and by profession an investor, a serial entrepreneur and a kickass salesperson who connects the dots others don’t usually see.
His proven record of innovation and win-win approach powers every consulting relationship.
Challenge him with the impossible and he shall do it. Say you cannot do it and he shall make you do it.