An engineer by education, Kshitij started his career in management consulting. He spent time with Bain & Company’s private equity practice, helping evaluate both India-facing and US-facing companies for investment. This experience first got him excited about the world of investing, as well as opportunities with technology-oriented businesses, more specifically. Before Bain & Company, Kshitij worked with Cambridge Judge Business School and helped drive thinking in the alternative finance and fintech world.
Raised by a business-oriented family, Kshitij has a strong appreciation and empathy for leaders. “I saw my father make risk and reward trade-offs all the time, and witnessed firsthand the ups and downs an entrepreneur has to go through as they steer the ship to achieve desirable outcomes.” He also witnessed how invaluable solid guidance and support from trusted counselors can be, which serves him well in his role as partner at Lightspeed India.
“I’ve been passionate about tracking and discussing new innovative business ideas and models, long before the startup boom hit India,” said Kshitij. “Joining Lightspeed has given me the perfect opportunity to apply my previous experience and combine it with continuous learning. This job keeps pushing the breadth and depth of my knowledge, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from the very best of the best.” But his favorite part of the job? “Helping passionate, audacious founders succeed and shape tomorrow’s society.”
A competitive dancer in college, Kshitij would frequently travel and perform in festivals. “In some ways, it was similar to being in an early stage startup. Imagine a young and inexperienced team with little to no guidance, constantly experimenting to create excellent outcomes, mostly due to sheer perseverance.” His experience with dance has undoubtedly helped him better appreciate what founders and teams go through in order to achieve common goals.