Dhruva is an investment advisor, avid trekker and a voracious reader. He graduated in the top 3% of his batch from IIM Ahmedabad. He also has a master’s degree in Management from Bocconi University, Milan. Before his management education, Dhruva worked with Capital One for two years where he was responsible for developing risk models for the auto finance portfolio.
At Kalaari, he focuses on investment opportunities across sectors. Dhruva has a bachelor’s degree in in Electronics Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.
What makes the job exciting
The most exciting aspect of my work here is meeting entrepreneurs and listening to their ideas. Every such interaction comes with the possibility of expanding the breadth of experiences available to consumers. It was this opportunity to create real value in the short run that attracted me to Kalaari.
Thoughts on startup success
It starts with identifying a large underserved market and creating a rapidly scalable business model. The offering should be well differentiated and the positioning should be crisp. All this is best done in a team that works well together. Pursuing high growth should not come at the cost of organizational culture. Last, but definitely not the least, I believe that luck determines success to a large extent.
Views on entrepreneurship
It is important to be clear about one’s desires and motivations. One should enter this only if one has the drive to sustain the passion and effort required. Also, one should be willing to listen to advice. Flexibility goes a long way in ensuring success.
What I like about Kalaari
I like Kalaari for the people. It may sound diplomatic but people become really important when functioning in small teams. Meeting my team mates and new entrepreneurs is what motivates me to get out of bed in the morning.