Shweta Bhatia
Partner & Head of TCF, India
Shweta joined Eight Roads in 2018 and heads the Technology, Consumer and Financial Services (“TCF”) team in India. She leads investments in the technology sector, with a specific focus on enterprise tech, consumer internet and fintech. She joined Eight Roads after 12 years at Goldman Sachs across the New York and Mumbai offices, most recently as head of Asia investments for the Venture Capital & Growth Equity team of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Previously, Shweta was at Warburg Pincus where she focused on growth investments in financial services and consumer sectors.

What motivates you?

Partnering with energetic entrepreneurs to scale businesses and build sustainable moats around them.

What’s been the steepest learning curve on your career journey so far?

It was just after my first couple of investments in India when the global financial crisis hit. I learnt the importance of being able to tune out the noise and not overreact with extreme conservatism in difficult times, while also being open and highly adaptable to new relevant information and willing to revise or change one’s point of view based on that.

Which India tech trend are you most excited about at the moment and why?

The confluence of three trends: the proliferation of connected devices, the widespread adoption of technology, and recent step advances in automation, big data, and AI. Together these create tremendous potential to rethink service delivery in traditional businesses, broaden reach and significantly bring down price points. I am particularly excited about businesses leveraging these trends to service the middle Indian consumer and the large and underserved small and medium sized businesses in the country.

If you could give a piece of advice to your 20-year-old-self, what would it be?

I would tell my younger self, it’s ok to be wrong and it’s ok to fail. If you are not making any mistakes, you are likely punching way below your weight. Embrace setbacks as part and parcel of your growth process, reflect and learn from them, but make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice.