Karthik Prabhakar is Vice President and Head of Fundraising, at IDG Ventures India Advisors. He has been part of the Indian tech ecosystem since 2005 with experience spanning engineering, rapid prototyping, marketing, fundraising, investment advisory and portfolio management. Karthik was an active part of the team advising on the exit from investment in Manthan Systems.
In 2016, Karthik was recognized as one among the global top 100 Rising Stars in the venture industry by Global Corporate Venturing, held in California, US.
Prior to IDG Ventures, Karthik worked with Intel in their Ideas to Reality team, a technology incubator focused on building IoT products around the Intel Atom processor. As a tech marketing person, he played a key role in rapid prototyping, conceptualizing field trial plans and creating Go-To-Market strategies for new products ideas around retail, digital advertising and video surveillance. Karthik was also actively involved in recruiting and mentoring new members for the group. Prior to that, he worked in the embedded systems team building security software for network processors. Karthik, in spare part time, worked on developing innovative IoT/embedded solutions and has co-authored a patent in the area of Wireless Networks.
Karthik holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Science from RV College of Engineering and an MBA (PGDM) from IIM Bangalore.