Growing up, I had lived across 10 cities and studied in 8 schools before I turned 23. That made me very aware of diversity, how to understand it, respect it and see the opportunities in the differences and the commonalities across demographics. And that has held me in great stead since then as life and work has continued to change and evolve at an increasing pace.
What do you like the most about what you do?
The privilege of meeting so many extremely intelligent, motivated and resourceful founders and seeing them find deep insights and use them to change industries as we know them. And hopefully helping them out meaningfully along the way.
If you were to start a company, what values would you build it on?
Integrity, passion, hard work, deep customer insights and defensibility.
Something really insightful (personally or professionally) that you learnt from one of your founders?
The best way to understand and respect a startup is to think of it like the founders baby: it keeps them awake, they will do anything for it, it’s the center of their lives, they take everything about it very personally, and they want it to be the best.
Yash Sankrityayan is part of the investment team at Jungle Ventures, before which he spent 1.5 years at the Venture Capital team at International Finance Corporation (the private investment arm of the World Bank Group). At IFC, Yash was covering India and South East Asia and was integrally involved with 4+ investments in the internet and healthcare sectors, such as BigBasket.com (India’s largest online grocer), Lenskart.com (India’s largest online eyewear brand) and Portea Medical (India’s largest home healthcare company). Prior to IFC, Yash spent 1.5 years at o3 Capital, a leading mid-market investment bank in India focused on private equity fundraising and M&A. Yash has also had prior stints at KPMG (Strategy Consulting) and Samara Capital (Private Equity), holds an MBA from FMS Delhi and a B.E Honors from BITS Pilani.