Astarc Ventures’ Salil Musale on investing in startups

In a conversation with YourStory, Salil Musale, Managing Director, Astarc Ventures, talks about exploring the Indian startup ecosystem, and investing in firms like Pharmeasy, Chingari, CredR, and others.
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Good Morning,

According to Salil Musale, Managing Director, Astarc Ventures, the best way to choose to invest in businesses is by getting a sense of people building the businesses and technologies.  

This is why he moved back to India from Africa when he kept hearing about the momentum in the Indian startup ecosystem, especially in areas like automotive and agriculture, and how the sectors were getting disrupted with new innovations.

This led him to establish Astarc Ventures, an early-stage VC fund. Apart from being an early investor in Pharmeasy, the fund has invested in the likes of Chingari, Freight Tiger, CredR, and many others.

“For us, it was about helping these founders understand the organisational building, how can they scale a business, how can they look at teams and people, and building a culture. Since we have built many businesses, it is the value-add that I wanted to bring to these companies,” Salil shares. 


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