Arjun Ram Venkatesan

My Story

The outlaw in a family of engineers, the eternal love for Math pushed me towards Chartered Accountancy. Most of my youth revolved around sport with Basketball proving pivotal in developing values, discipline and a fierce competitive spirit (I hate losing!)

How I got into investment banking?

A 4 year stint with Ernst & Young was great exposure to the pressure and grit that come with any profession. The experience is something I hold dear as it gave me an outlook into the “real world”.

Investment Banking and IndigoEdge was something that almost happened overnight, and one of the best decisions I’ve made so far.

My inspirations

Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the biggest names in Football once said,” The experience of defeat, or more particularly the manner in which a leader reacts to it, is an essential part of what makes a winner.”
His drive to win coupled with an unmatched level of discipline is an inspiration to any professional.

My focus/interest

Having a background in Finance, the FinTech space is gravity. While India offers the largest unbanked or underbanked population in the world and the government keen to play ball, the opportunities for widespread disruptions using technology are large.

Another space that excites me is Logistics. The sheer depth of operations and the lack of organisation in the sector offers several opportunities for disruption.

What excites me?

A founder that sees the big picture backed by a business with robust unit economics.

Best piece of advice given to me

If it’s not a hell yeah, It’s a no!

What IndigoEdge is to me

Simply said, IndigoEdge has raised the bar for self-motivation in every sense. As much as IndigoEdge embodies a sense of brotherhood, the levels of performance and efficiency are unreal. And that’s where the penny drops!

Cooling off
Apart from the mainstream sports, adventure sports like surfing and mountaineering keep me going. The occasional backpacking trips also help maintain balance.