Vishal Vasishth is the founder and Managing Director of SONG Investment Advisors, a company focused on investing in the SME space with a larger vision to catalyze socio-economic development of India. SONG Investment Advisors is a sole advisor to SONG Investment Management Company, an investment firm founded by Soros Economic Development Fund, Omidyar Network and Google.
Most recently, Vishal served as a senior executive for Revolution, LLC, a private investment holding company started by Steve Case (AOL) with $500 million of initial capitalization and a charter to invest in consumer-facing businesses in disruptive markets. In this role, he evaluated new investments and helped with post-investment management of the portfolio companies, which include: Zipcar (alternative transportation), Miraval (real estate/spa resort) and Gaiam (public company in the wellness space). Vishal also led the senior management team of Flexcar (now Zipcar) for an interim basis.
Vishal also served as Chief Strategy Officer for Patagonia, Inc., assisting the CEO in developing the company’s strategic direction, including restructuring and overseeing operations. He directed Patagonia’s Capilene P&L, orchestrating a turnaround and increasing division sales by over 40%, and prior to that helped launch a number of successful product brands increasing the company’s top line by over 30% while receiving numerous innovation awards and recognition for the company. During his tenure at Patagonia, sales doubled while the company was consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in the U.S.
Vishal has worked as an advisor to Investor’s Circle, an angel investor forum targeted toward the health and wellness/clean-tech space. He currently serves as an advisor to many emerging, innovative companies such as Good Magazine. He serves as the founding board of advisors for B Corporation, an innovative nonprofit venture. He is a Henry Crown fellow of The Aspen Institute and a Next Generation Fellow of The American Assembly. Vishal most recently helped launch a new energy and environment innovation award in conjunction with The Aspen Institute and National Geographic magazine.
Vishal earned a B. Tech degree in India, a Master’s degree in Sciences from North Carolina State University and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.