People Digest: Eight Roads names new partner; upGrad appoints Asia-Pacific CEO

Aditya Systla, partner, Eight Roads

Eight Roads Ventures has promoted Aditya Systla to partner while upGrad announced its entry into the Asia-Pacific with the appointment of Disney head Zubin Gandevia as chief executive for the region.

Eight Roads promotes Aditya Systla to partner

Eight Roads Ventures, the global investment firm backed by Fidelity, on Tuesday announced that it has promoted Aditya Systla to partner position, effective 1 January 2021.

He will be the fourth partner at the firm in India and will continue to support investments in technology, consumer and financial services while mentoring and providing leadership to the growing investment team, the firm said in a statement.

Systla joined Eight Roads Ventures in 2015 as an associate, after spending eight years as an
investment banker and private equity investor based in New York and India. He has been
instrumental in building the fund’s network, team and has supported several investments
including MoEngage, Securonix, Shadowfax, Toppr, Unbxd, and Whatfix, the statement added.

upGrad names Asia-Pacific CEO

Online upskilling platform upGrad on Tuesday announced its entry into the Asia-Pacific with the appointment of Disney head Zubin Gandevia as chief executive for the region.

Gandevia will be based out of Hong Kong and will take over the new role starting in January 2021. He most recently served as president, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, at FOX Networks Group Asia, a part of the Walt Disney Co.

“Having built a proven and trusted edtech brand in India, we are now poised for growth with plans to scale our offering to support more people in building their future careers, and Zubin is very well-placed to help us achieve this. His background in forging strategic partnerships and his keen interest in digital content delivery will be key accelerants for our expansion in Asia,” upGrad co-founder and chairman Ronnie Screwvala said.

 

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.