CHANDU NAIR

Entrepreneur - Advisor & Facilitator - Investor

Chandu has over three decades of experience in industry, consultancy, media and information services. Previously, he was a co-founder of Scope e-Knowledge Center, a pioneering knowledge process outsourcing company. He was part of its growth and transformation journey to a 1000+ person company before he exited in 2011 September. Scope e-Knowledge went through several pivots in its existence

He was also involved in the creation of some 10 other enterprises, in fields as varied as computer education, Trade exports, financial advisory, recruitment, direct sales agency of banking products, test preparation,

Most of them were ho-hum or failed. This has considerably enhanced his ability to understand what works. And more importantly, what doesn’t.

Prior to that, he had stints in Asian Paints (sales) and BusinessWorld magazine (as a journalist).

Chandu has direct experience of angel, VC and strategic investor funding and has also been a part of two exits.

A key focus for him now is entrepreneurship and helping strengthen the entrepreneur ecosystem. He advises entrepreneurs and enterprises in creating and building their business. Areas of consulting include overall business strategy, go-to-market and ongoing marketing /brand strategy and planning, new product/ service development, and entrepreneur guidance. He is also involved with a lot of pro bono mentoring for start-ups including in the social impact space.

An executive committee member of The Chennai Angels, he has also invested in some start-ups and the jury is still out on the fate of most of them, while a couple have brought a big smile on his face. He is also on the advisory board of Fulcrum Ventures, a Chennai based pharma/ health sector focused private equity firm and on the board of directors of Menterra, a social impact fund. He’s also associated with the New York headquartered boutique investment bank, Chesapeake Group, a specialist in cross border M&A focused on the tech sector. He is on the governing council of TiE Chennai, the foremost global non profit organisation for entrepreneurs

A Postgraduate in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad, he has been a member of various industry panels both in India and overseas as also a visiting faculty in various business schools. He occasionally writes in business publications.