European backpacking trips can lead to some unforgettable adventures. For Ishaan, one of those adventures was a serendipitous career opportunity. “I ran into a friend who worked at Lightspeed in India, and they were looking for someone to spend a summer working on some new data-oriented approaches to VC,” Ishaan says.
It’s not surprising that Ishaan was up for the challenge. As the son of professors, he grew up in an academic environment that instilled a thirst for learning and an appreciation for progress. At that point Ishaan had just graduated with a degree in computer science from IIT Delhi and was excited about the potential of solving business problems using data – so he decided to dedicate that summer to Lightspeed.
Ishaan’s background in theoretical computer science and interest in business-driven impact made him a natural fit, and after a stint at McKinsey working with large corporations, he returned to Lightspeed to help other curious, scientifically minded people build and grow their businesses.
“As I spend more time with entrepreneurs, I increasingly appreciate how important it is to have visionary, thoughtful founders,” Ishaan says. “I’m excited most by businesses that leverage technology and data to fundamentally change industries.”