This series will look at leadership from the point of view of an investor or VC.

In each episode of this series, we will explore what traits, behaviors, or red flags investors see in the leaders that they work with – and how founders evolve over time as they become better leaders.

Anup Jain  is the Managing Partner at Orios Venture Partners, with previous leadership stints in Bata and Yum Restaurants. 

In this captivating interview, we meet a venture capitalist who is dedicated to making India’s entrepreneurial dreams come true, particularly in the technology-led business sector. With a background in corporate marketing and experience in both startups and established companies, they bring a unique perspective to the world of investing. 

They emphasize the importance of leading by example, inspiring teams, and creating a collaborative and non-hierarchical work environment. They believe that founders’ journeys are filled with challenges, humbling experiences, and valuable lessons. 

They highlight the significance of building a strong support system within the ecosystem, including fellow founders, coaches, and investors who genuinely care about the founder’s success. 

Finally, they share their investment focus, which spans across sectors such as regional entertainment, financial services, healthcare, climate, and education, all with a strong emphasis on catering to the unique needs of Indian consumers and businesses.

You can find Anup at the below links

In the interview, Anup shares

  • “My dream is to make India’s entrepreneurs’ dreams possible, especially in the area of technology-led businesses because this is where India is strong.”
  • “Being part of startups, growing from zero to one, one to a hundred, interests me a whole lot.”
  • “Leadership, irrespective of organization size, should always lead by example and bring their best to work.”
  • “Founders’ journey is humbling and full of acceptance and realization. Holding the core team together is crucial for progress.”
  • “Cultivating a positive culture within organizations is more important than any strategy for growth.”
  • “The wider ecosystem plays a vital role in supporting founders through challenges, successes, and failures.”
  • “Networking with other founders and sharing references, vendors, and legal advice is essential for startup growth.”
  • “Being a sounding board and listening post for founders can provide fruitful support during their journey.”
  • “Investors who genuinely have the founders’ best interests at heart are preferred by founders.”
  • “Investment focus on regional entertainment, financial services, health, and climate reflects the needs and opportunities in the Indian market.”