Mr. Mahesh Murthy Founder& Director- Exceed Space, Founder- Rad. ad, Pinstorm & Passionfund, Managing Partner – Seedfund, Board Member- BrewCrafts Microbrewing Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Mahesh has spent 34 years helping brands with marketing advice and 17 of those helping startups with advice & funding. He has won awards as Creative Director on Unilever, The Economist, Pepsi & MTV. He helped create the first public UI for Yahoo in 95 and led the launch for Amazon in 97. After a successful NASDAQ IPO, Mahesh headed marketing at iCat, an e-com firm in Seattle managing over 6,000 e-businesses. iCat was bought by Intel. He returned to India in 99 to turn around Channel V till its sale to Star TV in 2000, then founded Passionfund, his angel investing vehicle which backed Geodesic, WebDunia, Inkfruit and Doolally. Mahesh has penned columns in Business Today, Businessworld and WSJ. On TV, he’s played the Donald Trump role in Business Baazigar (2007), the Dragon’s Den role on ETNow’s Super Angels (2011, 2012) and Bloomberg TV the Pitch (2013).
Mahesh set up digital business consulting firm Pinstorm in 2004. It’s a well-regarded business transformation boutique, creating market- and award-winning strategy, tech & work on the region’s most-aggressive brands.
Mr. Mahesh loves early-stage investing and co-founded what is now India’s best-known VC fund, Seedfund. It was voted “India’s best VC fund” by LPs in 2010 & 2013 and has had India’s biggest-ever exits, with RedBus and CarWale. His Investees also include CareerLauncher, SabKaDentist, and Voonik.
Mr. Mahesh is a popular speaker on corporate & college campuses, and considered a thought leader on digital transformation.