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“When I was around 28 years old, I used to work as a product manager at a startup. And I would see these VC associates, who were roughly my age, walk into our board meetings wearing smart suits, sounding intelligent and somehow important. They would ask our founders difficult, strategic questions. It was all very glamorous!” said Ritesh Banglani, partner, Stellaris Venture Partners.
With his interest piqued, Banglani decided to give the VC world a try — after all, it would help him learn about different sectors every day. At this point, he had already worked as a product manager in tech companies such as Cisco and Adobe where he developed online and mobile consumer products, roles which came calling on the back of his IIT Delhi and INSEAD credentials.
In 2010, he entered the venture capital world, taking up the position of partner at Helion Venture Partners where he led investments in companies such as cab aggregator TaxiForSure, India’s first stem cell bank Lifecell, and online dating platform Trulymadly, among