Abhay Pandey, Founding Partner - A91 Partners

Abhay Pandey, Founding Partner - A91 Partners

My guest for today is Abhay Pandey. Abhay is a Founding Partner at A91, a venture fund launched in 2018. A91 has invested in companies like Sugar Cosmetics, GoDigit Insurance and Hector Beverages. Prior to founding A91 Partners, Mr. Abhay Pandey was a Managing Director at Sequoia Capital India Advisors Private Limited from 2008-2018.

Prior to Sequoia Capital, Abhay worked as an investment banker with DSP Merrill Lynch and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Abhay received his PGDM (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Kolkata (1996) and a B. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay (1993).

Abhay is passionate about supporting philanthropy and giving back to society in education. He is a Trustee at Ashoka University, and a Trustee of BECT, a charitable trust for primary and secondary education.

We spoke about

  • Abhay’s journey from small town to world of investing
  • How magic happens when a good founder meets a good market
  • Deconstructing an investors journey
  • What do we look for in founder
  • Stereotypes in private investing
  • Booming industries in the next 10 years
  • His advice to entrepreneurs and investors

I really enjoyed it!!

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Show Notes

2:28  Abhay’s journey from small town to world of investing

8:47  How magic happens when a good founder meets a good market

10:05  deconstructing an investors journey

17:07  What do we look for in founder

20:28  Stereotypes in private investing

29:18  Booming industries in the next 10 years

34:00  How many 50 billion dollar companies can we expect in 2030

36:07  Abhay’s philanthropic journey Why this ranks so high when look at your achievement

39:02  His s advice to entrepreneurs and investors

42:34  Some Rapid fires

44:30  Abhay Pandey in the next 10 years