Building & Selling Companies with Debu Purkayastha, 3rd Eye (ex-Google M&A)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 18:00
Startup Grind London


Building & Selling Companies with Debu Purkayastha, 3rd Eye (ex-Google M&A)

Debu Purkayastha is managing partner at 3rd Eye, a Venture Capital and Private Equity firm investing globally in the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sectors. Debu is also a Senior Advisor to EQT (global PE Fund - $30B+) advising on late stage, big-ticket TMT private equity investments globally.

Prior to 3rd Eye Debu was Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) at Octopus Investments, a premier global investment firm with $8B+ under management, doing early stage technology venture capital investments.

Debu sits on the Boards of Cambridge Enterprise/Cambridge University & MercyCorps (global NGO) and is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Veon (formerly VimpelCom), a global mobile telco with $10B~ of revenues and 235 million+ subscribers in addition to the Advisory Boards of Sadara Ventures (Palestinian VC Fund – LPs Google, Cisco, Soros etc.), London Business School & Tech London Advocates & previously used to sit on the Boards of DataFlow (data verification), Fon (wireless), Mobile Planet (mobile apps), Reevoo (reviews) & HTL/Scandic (biggest hotel chain in Scandinavia) amongst others.

He has gained significant operating & Investment/M&A experience - in US, Europe, Asia & Africa. Till 2014, Debu spent 6+ years at Google where he spearheaded Google’s global M&A and Investment efforts including several landmark acquisitions & investments in the US & Europe that are now some of Google’s biggest businesses. Debu also headed Google’s New Business Development team & was instrumental in launching several of Google’s iconic products globally spanning multiple key strategic focus areas. Debu is a founding member of Google “Campus”, a seven-storey co-working space for startups in London’s Tech City (which has been widely covered by the global media) – this initiative led to the formation of the “Google for Entrepreneurs” program.

Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre's Corporate Development/M&A team (where he did the acquisition of & the sale of Sabre to private equity – both significant global e- commerce transactions) & in a past life was a Technology/Media/Telecoms M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London.

Debu has a MBA from London Business School & is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Debu spends a fair bit of his personal time working with leading NGOs & governmental institutions in several politically sensitive and conflict zones including Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Kashmir etc. focusing on economic development initiatives (primarily helping fund & build small businesses). 

Join us on 18th Oct and meet Debu in person.


6:00 pm Welcome

7:00 pm Fireside Chat

8:00 pm Networking drinks

9:00 pm Finish


Debu Purkayastha - 3rd Eye (ex-Google M&A)

Hosted By

Marian Gazdik, London Director

MD, Europe at Startup Grind.

Marian is also Founding Partner at IPM Growth, a VC company investing in technology scale-ups from the Central & Eastern Europe. He is an advisory board member at T-Mobile Czech Republic & Telekom Slovakia. Ex-Orange, ex-Reebok.

Marian was featured in New Europe 100 (organised by Financial Times, Google, Respublica and Visegrad Fund), the list of outstanding challengers who are leading world class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe. Twitter: @mgazdik

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