It Changed My Life: He came from India with just $50 and pocket full of ambition

Anurag Srivastava is co-founder of four successful and very different firms today

Source | | Wong Kim Hoh

In Singapore’s start-up circles, Mr Anurag Srivastava is sometimes referred to as Shah Rukh Khan.

One can understand why. Like the Bollywood icon, the India-born Singaporean venture capitalist is tall and makes quite an impression with his deep voice, lush crop of wavy black hair and sartorial smarts.

He may not make his living appearing in movies, but his life is more than script-worthy.

The 53-year-old came to Singapore nearly 30 years ago, never having travelled out of India or tasted pasta. All he had was $50 and a pocket full of ambition.

Today, he is the co-founder of four successful companies: interior design firm Space Matrix, product life-cycle management outfit Sconce Solutions, animation studio One Animation and venture capital (VC) firm Jungle Ventures.

Space Matrix has offices in 15 cities across eight countries, Sconce has grown about 20 times since 2007 and is now headquartered in the United States, while Singapore-based One Animation has content broadcast in more than 180 countries. Jungle, meanwhile, is one of South-east Asia’s oldest and biggest early-stage VC firms with an aggregate enterprise value of US$4 billion (S$5.5 billion).

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