I came to Singapore in 1993 with $50. Every-time I felt like giving up, I would go to Holland Village and stand in front of a bungalow mansion, and tell myself what it would take to own one. I’d get inspiration, eat a $2 lunch and go back inspired. There was something about this house which I have not quite figured out till today, but still see it in my dreams from time to time.
What values have you built your startups on?
I have always believed in values around teamwork - “We before I” - un-compromising integrity, driving excellence and striving for continuous improvement and sharing wealth and knowledge.
Are you still learning from the founders you meet?
Learning agility and first principles-based problem solving are two things that continue to fascinate me in our founders and I have learnt a lot from them. The other thing that I admire in our founders is resilience - their ability to take hard blows, fall down flat and get right back up on their feet to run again.
Anurag is a BTech Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and prior to co-founding Jungle Ventures he enjoyed a thriving career in the technology industry with companies such as HCL-Hewlett Packard, Interwoven, Parametric Technology (PTC) and Endeca as a senior executive across Asia and Europe. His driving force and inspiration throughout his career has been building cutting edge, growth-oriented global companies.
In 2006 he started his entrepreneurial and investing pursuits, and co-founded Space Matrix Group in Singapore. The group has since become the second largest interior design firm in Asia designing workplaces, hotels and residential buildings. He also co-founded Sconce Solutions, a Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) company as well as One Animation, a global kids animation company with double Emmy nominated shows like Oddbods.
Predating Jungle Ventures, his angel investments include the likes of Eloqua (NASDAQ listed and acquired by Oracle), Encentuate (acquired by IBM) and HolidayIQ (backed by Tiger & Accel). Anurag also is a investment committee member for Accel India Fund-1.
Anurag’s philanthropic journey started when he co-founded Billion Bricks, a foundation focused on solving the problem of homeless people.