Founder, Pinstorm & Partner, Seed fund
After dropping out of college, Mahesh’s first job was as a door salesman, selling vacuum cleaners. He worked his way into the ad world: Grey, India and Ogilvy, Hong Kong. As a creative director, Mahesh won many awards for HP, The Economist, Pepsi, MTV etcetera. From Asia, he moved to Silicon Valley, with CKS Partners (IUSWeb/CKS), where he helped launch the first commercial version of Yahoo in 1995 and the Earth’s Biggest Bookstore campaign for Amazon.com in 1997. After a successful NASDAQ IPO, Mahesh moved to head marketing at iCat, an e-commerce firm, subsequently acquired by Intel. Mahesh returned to India, with Channel V. He started his career in active investing, in 2000, when he founded Passionfund, focused on early stage startups.
Mahesh made successful investments in companies like, Geodesic, EBS Direct, Compassbox, and WebDunia. Mahesh then set up Pinstorm, a pay-for-performance digital brand management firm. Pinstorm is today among the world’s leading digital marketing firms. Mahesh has contributed significantly to print and television media and he continues to write a column in The Wall Street Journal. He is also an active speaker at global investment and marketing conferences.
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