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sandhya hegde

Sandhya is an engineer at heart and investor by accident. She studied Electrical Engineering and Microelectronics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, graduating in 2007. At IITB, she spent her time programming self-learning robots and designing analog chips for supercomputers. Her passion for good engineering inspired her to startup and commercialize complex technologies for manufacturing efficiency and energy conservation.

With deep rural roots in Honnavar, India, Sandhya worked briefly as a consultant for McKinsey & Company’s rural clients in public health, rural banking, education technologies and telecom. This was her first brush with powerful market forces driving socioeconomic change. She came away inspired by the potential and the challenges of entrepreneurial ventures addressing tough problems in frontier markets.

In 2009, Sandhya joined Sequoia Capital India, which managed $1.8 Bn in funds for venture, growth and public investments. Over the next few years, she helped the team invest in financial services, enterprise software, healthcare and lead new categories like education management. Additionally, she set an example at the fund by incubating a new company and assisting entrepreneurs in fundraising and building business processes. She later joined Sequoia Capital Global Equities, US to help grow their developing market investment portfolio.

In 2011, Sandhya took a brief hiatus from work to join the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In her spare time, she developed an iOS app and moonlighted as a product manager for mobile health startup HealthTap to learn how to build and grow platforms with network effects. She is on the advisory board of 3 tech startups in India and also a Deputy Editor at Your- Story.in, India’s largest startup news portal, where she writes a column sharing handy tips with entrepreneurs.

While not traveling for work, Sandhya loves to travel for pleasure with her DSLR, read voraciously and learn new forms of art and dance