Here is a QnA with Sandeep Murthy:
What’s Lightbox’s Investment Philosophy?
We will pick only a few technology driven companies and make a significant capital investment. Our partners have deep operational capabilities and we will work very closely with the companies,” said Murthy, who has helped build InMobi and Cleartrip while he was at Sherpalo.
We will invest an average of $3-5 mn in a company because it is important for companies to be well capitalized in the beginning. We will take a lot of responsibility and ownership to help build these businesses. We are very clear that its the entrepreneurs company but we don’t just invest.Therefore, aligning on a vision is very important for us.
We will be very operationally engaged. We are raising a $90 mn fund of which we’ve closed our first $25 mn. We will invest very early and have a small portfolio of tech and data related companies. While we have a $90 mn fund, we are only going to have about 9 companies in our portfolio.
What Changes For Sherpalo & KPCB?
For Kleiner, it is a return to focusing on a market where they have direct partners involved, which is largely the US.
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