Partner - LSIP
Sunil Rao joined Lightspeed India Partners Advisors LLP (LSIP) in 2016 as Partner, Business Services and Community. In this role, Sunil is focused on providing a broad range of business development, recruiting and value-add services to Lightspeed India portfolio companies.
Prior to Lightspeed, Sunil worked at Google India, where he led Strategic Partner Development, Developer Relations and Outreach Programs for Emerging Markets based in India. He was instrumental in rolling out several highly successful mentorship programs, including ‘Launchpad’ for early-stage startups and ‘Google Accelerator’ for mid-stage startups. Sunil also set up the Google Sandhill program in India, partnering with leading venture capital firms to work closely with high-potential startups and provide early access to technology, business connects and global insights.
In 2006, Sunil was part of the early team that established Symbian in India and later headed the Nokia Developer ecosystem where he worked and mentored developers and entrepreneurs. For these efforts Sunil was recognized and awarded the NASSCOM Product Ecosystem Enabler of the Year in 2009. Earlier in his career Sunil handled sales and account management roles at Talisma, HCL Perod and BFL Software working across North America, Europe and Asian Markets.
Sunil holds a PGDBA and MBA from Institute for Technology and Management (ITM) and an Engineering degree in Industrial Production and Engineering from BMS College of Engineering.