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Bejul Somaia

Managing Director - India

Bejul is interested in current and future market leaders in emerging yet high-potential sectors of the Indian economy, including internet, mobile, education, consumer and financial services.

Bejul brings over sixteen years of operating, entrepreneurial and investment experience in India and the U.S. to his role as Managing Director of Lightspeed Advisory Services India. His background and interests encompass technology and non-technology businesses, and he currently serves on the boards of Indian Energy Exchange, Itz Cash Card, OneAssist, Fashionara and Four Interactive.

Prior to Lightspeed, Bejul was Co-managing Director of Twiga Fiberglass, a leading manufacturer of thermal and acoustic insulation solutions in India and a partner of Saint Gobain, one of the largest building materials companies worldwide. Before moving to India, Bejul started and bootstrapped Open List, a U.S.-based vertical Web-search company that was acquired by Marchex (MCHX), a leading provider of local search and advertising products. Prior to Open List, Bejul was an investment professional at General Catalyst Partners, where he focused on early and growth-stage investments in Internet, media, travel distribution, loyalty, and other consumer-facing applied technology businesses.

Earlier in his career, Bejul was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company and an equity capital markets banker at Salomon Brothers.

Bejul holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bejul Somaia
Email:   Bejul@lsvp dot com

Current Investments:

Indian Energy Exchange
ItzCash Card
OneAssist Consumer Solutions
OYO Rooms