Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal plans raising up to $1 billion VC fund

Sachin Bansal, co-founder, Flipkart. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Flipkart co-founder and former chief executive Sachin Bansal is considering raising a fund of $700 million-$1 billion for investing in startups, two people familiar with the matter said. Bansal, who is set to make $1 billion in cash after leaving Flipkart in May, could contribute up to 40% of the fund, the people cited above said. The Flipkart co-founder is also considering investing in, and running, an artificial intelligence startup, the people said. Mint could not ascertain the name of the startup.

Bansal declined to comment.

The 37-year-old entrepreneur is likely to take a final decision about his next venture before the end of the year, the people cited above said. His next venture is keenly awaited, following his forced exit from Flipkart. In May, Walmart agreed to buy 77% in Flipkart for $16 billion. As part of the Flipkart-Walmart deal, Bansal left the company, one of the most controversial developments in the short history of the Indian start-up ecosystem. Bansal was forced out after differences with the company’s then board members over his role after the Walmart acquisition.

Bansal, who started the company with his business partner, Binny Bansal, in 2007 from an apartment in Koramangala, was the vision behind Flipkart, the big-picture man.

Though his exit from Flipkart was bitter, for millions he remains the defining face of Indian entrepreneurship, especially after it became public that he was set to pull in $1 billion in cash from the sale.

People who know Bansal said he is eager to move on to his next venture and prove his entrepreneurial skill all over again by launching either a fund or another startup.

In May, Bansal announced his exit on Facebook, saying, “Sadly my work here is done and after 10 years, it’s time to hand over the baton and move on from Flipkart.”

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This article was first published on livemint.com

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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).

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  • 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.