Manish Singhal is a technologist turned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He aspires to help put India on the deep tech innovation map of the world via his work at pi Ventures. He brings 28+ years of experience across diverse sets of fields - building cutting edge deep technology products at global scale, mentoring startups, investing in them and building a deep tech venture fund.
Manish started pi Ventures in early 2016 with the vision of accelerating the development of Artificial Intelligence startups in India. In 2015, he noticed a trend of some companies using patterns in data to bring insights and deliver significantly differentiated outcomes for their customers. Such startups could potentially outshine their peers to become category leaders. The journey of pi Ventures started with this thesis. Now apart from looking at Digital disruptions, he is also passionate about supporting disruptions in the Beyond Digital space like space tech, material science, bio tech etc
He has been actively involved in the startup eco-system in India for the last few years. He co-founded LetsVenture.com and led it to become the leading marketplace for startups & early stage investors in India within a very short span of time.
Before LetsVenture, he was the India country manager for Sling Media Inc, a silicon valley based consumer electronic startup. He built the R&D and product team in India from scratch and took it to a successful acquisition.
He is also a founder-mentor for an initiative called Women Entrepreneur Quest, which is an annual event for recognizing and rewarding women entrepreneurs in India. This initiative was founded in 2010 and will be hosting its fifth later this year.
After doing his engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1992, he has been instrumental in building several products and teams in different startups and established organisations like Sling Media, Ittiam Systems and Motorola. He has contributed to the standardisation of MPEG-4 standard as well and holds couple of video technology patents to his name. He has experience in building hardware standalone products as well as cloud enabled software products.
He is a keen sports enthusiast and a published wild life photographer.