Manik Arora serves as Chairman & CEO of Rise Group, a Singapore-based advisory and holding company for technology ventures.
Previously, he served as Founder & Managing Director of IDG Ventures India, a premier VC firm in India. During his nine years of building the firm, Manik and his colleagues made over 30 early- and expansion-stage technology investments. These include many of today's market leaders, such as Flipkart, Myntra, Firstcry, Lenskart, Xpressbees, and NestAway.
Prior to IDG, Manik was a technology investor at Battery Ventures in Silicon Valley and started his investment career with General Atlantic. Previously, he worked in senior sales and operating roles with i-DNS.net, American Express and MasterCard International in New York and Singapore. His early career was as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in South East Asia.
Manik has been named to the Digirati list of "25 Powerful People in Indian Digital Business."
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Manik holds a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College where he received a McCabe Fellowship to pursue his MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is also a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
Manik served his fellowship at IDG Ventures India under mentor Sudhir Sethi as a member of Class 12. He now serves as a mentor to Class 21 member Adrian Li.