Friday, May 9, 2008

Rahul Khanna

"Too many things to do and too little time. The space we operate in is not fully understood. The notion of early stage investing, venture capital vs PE, the ecosystem and so on. As a result, we spend a lot of time with entrepreneurs explaining to them these things. We get involved in the business, being wedded to managing it for an extended time, varying between 5-10 years.. So, one thing we tell people to be clear about their motivations, the end-state they have in mind, and what it takes to get there. As early stage investors, we want to be the fuel for the entrepreneurial fire to grow."

Rahul Khanna, Director, Clearstone Venture Advisors

May 9, 3 pm

1 comment:

Murali said...


Rahul heads the India investment advisory, Clearstone Venture Advisors. Based in Mumbai, he is responsible for identifying early stage companies that will capitalize on the growth in domestic consumer services including telecom, media, entertainment, retail ,gaming and finance. Having recently relocated to India from Silicon Valley, he has leveraged his cross-border operating experience and industry relationships to lay the foundation for investments in India.

Prior to joining Clearstone, Rahul was Area Director Asia-Pacific at Sonim Technologies, a wireless start-up in San Mateo. Having joined Sonim during its inception, he was responsible for the company's global marketing and sales initiatives including key markets like China and India. Before Sonim Technologies, he managed strategic alliances and partnerships at Airflash, a location based services provider that was acquired by the location based services market leader Webraska in 2001.

Prior to moving to the US, Rahul helped launch India's first mobile operator 'Orange', a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecom. During his time at Orange in the mid-nineties, he served in several marketing management functions at Orange including leading the team responsible for customer acquisition and retention programs in India as well as developing entry and growth strategies for Orange in Singapore and Israel.

Rahul earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University in Illinois.
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