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Shailendra Singh needs no introduction in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Sequoia Capital MD is often credited for the fund’s success in India in the last 15 years.

As sources unveil, Shailendra spilled the beans on what keeps Sequoia agile, inspired, and continuously successful, in a virtual fireside chat with YourStory Founder and CEO Shradha Sharma.

“What we realised is you have to embrace change and constantly evolve to stay relevant. We tell ourselves to think like a startup. Think of Surge as a product and understand how to innovate, how to grow, how to create network effects,” he said.

“We imagine ourselves as a tech startup that happens to be in the VC business. Like founders, we go all in, be hungry, work crazily hard, and make a dent. We’re trying to do the same things ourselves as we counsel our founders to do. We’re learning from the best,” he added.

Shailendra also revealed that he makes it a point to meet “only founders” and skips all other meetings with investment bankers, business development folks, headhunters, legal personnel, and so on.


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