The Orbit Shift Podcast

S02E03: Raising funds, hiring, and crossing the chasm with Hemant Mohapatra, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

January 26, 2021 Freshworks Inc. Season 2 Episode 3
The Orbit Shift Podcast
S02E03: Raising funds, hiring, and crossing the chasm with Hemant Mohapatra, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
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The Orbit Shift Podcast
S02E03: Raising funds, hiring, and crossing the chasm with Hemant Mohapatra, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Jan 26, 2021 Season 2 Episode 3
Freshworks Inc.

It's not very often that you have a venture investor at the peak of his career in Silicon Valley coming back to India. But Hemant Mohapatra did. In India, he's an investor at top venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners. He's already backed several entrepreneurs and built a reputation for himself as a thoughtful investor. In this episode of the podcast, Mohapatra tells us why he is bullish about the Indian startup ecosystem, the metrics he looks at when evaluating a startup, what red-flags he looks for in a pitch deck, what qualities he looks for in early employees and why he always hires for skill rather than passion. 

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About the Guest

Hemant is a Partner with Lightspeed India, a global VC firm. Prior to Lightspeed, he was a partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a VC firm based in Silicon Valley and an investor in Facebook, Twitter, AirBnb, and more. He joined a16z after 5 years at Google doing strategic partnership deals and investments. Before a16z and Google, Hemant was an Engineer at AMD, a microprocessor firm. He has a bachelors and a couple of masters degrees in engineering, computer sciences, and business spread across India, USA and the UK.


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Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK

Assistant Producer - Shashwath J

Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian  


Show Notes

It's not very often that you have a venture investor at the peak of his career in Silicon Valley coming back to India. But Hemant Mohapatra did. In India, he's an investor at top venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners. He's already backed several entrepreneurs and built a reputation for himself as a thoughtful investor. In this episode of the podcast, Mohapatra tells us why he is bullish about the Indian startup ecosystem, the metrics he looks at when evaluating a startup, what red-flags he looks for in a pitch deck, what qualities he looks for in early employees and why he always hires for skill rather than passion. 

Listen in. 


Get $10,000 free credits to use Freshworks products (including the brand new Freshworks CRM packed with AI-based lead scoring, phone, email, activity capture, and more) by joining the Freshworks for Startups program. Click here to check eligibility.


About the Guest

Hemant is a Partner with Lightspeed India, a global VC firm. Prior to Lightspeed, he was a partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a VC firm based in Silicon Valley and an investor in Facebook, Twitter, AirBnb, and more. He joined a16z after 5 years at Google doing strategic partnership deals and investments. Before a16z and Google, Hemant was an Engineer at AMD, a microprocessor firm. He has a bachelors and a couple of masters degrees in engineering, computer sciences, and business spread across India, USA and the UK.


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The Orbit Shift Podcast is Powered by Freshworks Inc. a global SaaS company headquartered in San Mateo, California. 


If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, consider giving us a five-star rating on Apple Podcasts


Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK

Assistant Producer - Shashwath J

Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian