Q&A with Debu Purkayastha, MD at 3rd Eye - PE, VC, IBD, Tech and Start-ups
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technology, media & telecoms (TMT) sectors.
Debu is also Senior Advisor to EQT (global PE Fund, AUM $30B+) advising on late stage,
big-ticket TMT private equity investments. Until 2017, Debu was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at
Octopus Investments (global investment firm, AUM $8B+) doing early-stage technology venture
Debu has significant Investment/M&A and operating experience - in US, Europe, Asia & Africa.
Debu spent 6+ years at Google, spearheading its M&A and Investment efforts including
landmark acquisitions & investments globally. Debu is a founding member of Google “Campus”,
the pre-eminent co-working space for startups in London’s Tech City, which led to the “Google
for Entrepreneurs” program.
Debu sits on the Boards of Cambridge University/Cambridge Enterprise, MercyCorps (global
NGO) & Tadaweb (Cyber) - in addition to the Advisory Boards of Unilever, Sadara Ventures &
Tech London Advocates plus the Technology Pioneers Selection Committee at the World
Economic Forum (WEF) and the Curriculum Committee of London Business School.
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). A certified cricket nut & film fanatic, Debu is also passionate about white-water
rafting & hiking.
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