Bharat Singh

  • Operating Partners
“Every role has its true north and it is really important to be very clear about it to remain true to that role.”

My father spent his entire career in the military, and I was always surrounded by people who exemplified integrity, hard work, and humility. These values define who I am today. Most of my classmates were army kids from every state, every community, and every religion. That really shaped my outlook. I always try to look at the wider perspective. For me to get comfortable with any situation, I want to get to know all of the nuts and bolts before I form a point of view. When I meet with startups I don’t just meet with the CEO. I ask to meet people at different levels of the organization, too. If you want to learn something, it’s always better to learn bottom-up versus top-down.

I came close to joining the army but decided to pursue a career in finance. I started at GE, where I learned how to assess various business models quickly and link operational metrics to financial output. Later, I joined redBus. We went from initial fundraising to exit in a short time frame; it was a baptism by fire in the startup world. When Shailendra asked me to join Sequoia India & Southeast Asia, I jumped at the opportunity to experience the startup journey from the other side of the table.

I get up at 4 am four days a week to train at a Badminton academy that’s produced a lot of state and national champions. I like to play with the younger folks because they really push me. It’s important to keep learning, to keep training. You can always raise the bar over how you performed yesterday.

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Current Companies

  • Cloudnine is a chain of maternity and neonatal care hospitals.
    Partnered In

    2013

  • Curatio Healthcare is a speciality dermatology pharmaceuticals company.
    Partnered In

    2015

  • Koye Pharma offers Indian-branded pharmaceuticals.
    Partnered In

    2013

  • LaRenon is an emerging leader in specialty pharmaceuticals focused on nephrology, critical care & neurology segments.
    Partnered In

    2015

  • Near is the largest location intelligence platform providing real-time information on places, people, and products.
    Partnered In

    2012

  • OncoStem Diagnostics is a Bangalore-based startup that personalises cancer treatment planning by stratifying a patient's risk of recurrence to avoid unnecessary chemotherapy.
    Partnered In

    2017

  • Stovekraft is a leading manufacturer of consumer and small appliances, under the brand names Pigeon and Gilma.
    Partnered In

    2010

  • Zoomcar provides car rentals in India.
    Partnered In

    2014