Debu Purkayastha is an investor, the founder of three venture capital companies including 3rd Eye VC Ltd. He was previously Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) at Octopus Investments, a premier European investment firm with $8bn-plus under management. He has significant operating and Investment/M&A experience – in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. Until 2014, he spent almost six years at Google. He was Principal – New Business Development at Google and was instrumental in launching several of Google’s iconic products globally spanning multiple key strategic focus areas. He is also a founding member of Google “Campus,” a seven-storey co-working space for start-ups in London’s Tech City.
Debu sits on the Board of MercyCorps (NGO), Advisory Board of Sadara Ventures (VC Fund) & previously sat on the Boards of Fon (wireless) & Mobile Planet (mobile apps). Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre’s Corporate Development/M&A team in EMEA & in a past life was a Telecoms/Media/Technology M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London. Debu has a MBA from London Business School & is a qualified Chartered Accountant.