Sid is a co-founder and partner at Lightbox, a venture capital firm in Mumbai actively building consumer tech companies in India.
He moved to India in 2001 to found Evolv, a vocational training company funded by Singapore Technologies - their first early stage investment in the sub-continent. Over the next 6 years, Sid grew Evolv to 300 employees training and assessing over 20,000 people a year across 200 cities in South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East. In 2007, he sold Evolv to NIIT - Asia's largest training company. Sid worked with NIIT for the next 3 years, heading Evolv, as well as Litmus and Uniqua (NIIT's foray into assessments and JV with Genpact). Over ten years, Sid became a master in edtech, especially in the context of India, SE Asia and emerging markets.
An entrepreneur at heart, Sid left NIIT to get back in to the startup game. Over the next few years leading up to Lightbox, he has advised several startups, angel funds, and a very special NGO called Magic Bus.
At Lightbox Sid’s role is as much about building companies as it is about bringing people together to make new things happen. He writes regularly and passionately on the dynamics of the new economy and is an influential mentor and voice on entrepreneurship in India.
As enterprising at play as he is at work, Sid recently teamed up with restaurateurs and investors to launch a series of award–winning restaurants in Delhi.
Lightbox is a venture capital firm based out of Mumbai actively building early stage consumer technology businesses.
The team behind Lightbox represents one of the most successful track records in VC in India. Investments included InMobi, InfoEdge, Cleartrip and ShopClues.
A mix of entrepreneurs, technologists and investors, the firm’s most recent investments include embibe, Furlenco, Faasos, Melorra and Droom.