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Vishal Harnal

500 Startups

Vishal is a General Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital firm and ecosystem builder headquartered in Silicon Valley. 500 has invested in over 1700 companies across 60 countries from a family of 14 funds over the past 7 years.

Vishal is based in Singapore; with his expertise, he co-leads 500’s investments and operations in Southeast Asia through the 500 Durians Funds. Vishal has been investing in the region for over 2 years; in that time, he has built 500 Startups to become a renowned and active early-stage SEA investor, with over 150 portfolio companies in 8 countries.

Prior to joining 500, Vishal practiced law for 5 years at a top law firm, specializing in international investment-related dispute resolution. In that role, he advised and represented conglomerates and governments on some of the world’s most complex, high-stakes, sensitive issues and disputes, both commercial and political.

Vishal is also no stranger to entrepreneurship, having founded and built an education skills training company while still in university, well before he was familiar with the words “venture” and “startup.”

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Vishal attended the National University of Singapore and received a Bachelor of Laws, with Honors, from the university’s Faculty of Law. He was also a member of the inaugural class of Stanford University’s Venture Capital Unlocked program, jointly organized with 500 Startups.

Vishal served his fellowship at 500 Startups as a member of Class 22. His mentors were Hian Goh (Class 20), Founding Partner of NSI Ventures, as well as 500 Startups Managing Partner Khailee Ng.