Startup Grind Talk with Bhavin Turakhia, Diana Krantz & Gary Stewart

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The highlight of the summer party was a fireside chat with serial entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia and a VC Q&A with investor from Draper Esprit, Diana Krantz and Director of Wayra UK & Telefónica Open Innovation, Gary Stewart.

Serial entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia (along with his brother Divyank at No 97 on India's Forbes Richest list with $1.6 billion) is driven by a passion for problem-solving and maximising efficiency through technology driven innovations. In the last 22 years, he has built 5 successful businesses, all driven by his belief that “it is our moral obligation to make an impact that is proportionate to our potential”.

At the age of 18 with a capital of $375 Bhavin started his first tech venture Directi with his brother. At 17, he co-founded Resellerclub, Logicboxes and BigRock, which he exited in a $160mn transaction in 2014. He is presently heading Flock - a suite of productivity apps, Zeta - a digital payments platform, and Radix - a leading registry for top-level extensions.

The fireside chat with Bhavin was moderated by Marian Gazdik, Director of Startup Grind London and Partner at IPM Growth.

Diana Krantz joined Draper Esprit’s investment team in 2017. Prior to that, she worked for Techstars and Rocket Internet. She previously worked at a London-based hedge fund and for the Council of Europe Development Bank in Strasbourg. Diana is from Sweden and has a degree in Economics and Business from University College London.

Gary Stewart is Director of Wayra UK and Telefónica Open Innovation. He is also an associate professor and the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at IE Business School in Madrid. Gary co-founded Nuroa.es, a Barcelona start-up that raised over €4M in funding before being sold to an Australian competitor. Before becoming an entrepreneur. Gary was the Executive Editor of The Yale Journal at Yale Law School. Gary was the Executive Editor of The Yale Journal at Yale Law School.
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