Ishan focuses on early-stage fintech and financial services investments at Elevation and also looks at other sectors like IoT, local services, legaltech etc. Before joining Elevation, he worked as an associate at EY-Parthenon, a strategy consulting firm, specializing in largely education projects in Middle East and South East Asia. Prior to that, he spent a year working with MSCI, a financial services and investment research firm. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Minor degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay. While in college, he had started up in the crowdfunding space with Kibo and also started a social venture called Project Awaaz.
In a dynamic set-up like today’s, I find it inspiring how entrepreneurs stay close to the ground, keep iterating at the blackboard to create products, ideas, and even segments
My master’s thesis was an application of a computer vision technique to find mechanical damages in jet engines. The company I started back in college was about advertising innovation to drive social giving. In all such instances, I have felt really fortunate to have been able to apply a learning from a specific field to an idea in a completely different field. And that’s what I feel founders, today, are being able to do – move out of siloed innovation, cross over into different specialties, bringing things from different universes and finding beautiful synergies to marry them together to solve a bigger problem. As a VC, being able to see it happen up close is incredible and inspiring for me at the same time.
As a part of a fund that drives investment decisions with a strong thesis-driven approach, I often get excited tying hypotheses with first-hand insights as well as ideas from founders and team members alike. In a dynamic set-up like today’s, I find it inspiring how entrepreneurs stay close to the ground, keep iterating at the blackboard to create products, ideas, and even segments. I’m just glad we get to walk these incredible journeys with the founders as VCs.