Lavanya Ashok – Partner, Trifecta Equity Fund
Lavanya Ashok is a Partner at Trifecta Equity Fund. She joined Trifecta Capital to co-lead the launch of the New Economy Leaders Fund in October 2020.
Today on our show, we have an expert professional from the finance industry, Lavanya Ashok in conversation with our host Ashutosh Garg. Lavanya is a Partner at Trifecta Activity and the Former Managing Director at Private Equity Goldman Sachs. Lavanya brings many years worth of experience in Equity Funds and Debt.
Lavanya starts off by sharing the three key milestones in her life. She shares with us how working at Goldman Sachs at the beginning of her career set her on the right path to achieve her goals. She is now a partner at her own company called Trifecta Activity. She explains the difference between Equity Fund and Venture Debt Fund for our viewers. She then shares the key areas in which Trifecta invests, one of them being the Trifecta Leaders Fund. Trifecta Leaders Fund is a great initiative by Trifecta which boosts businesses that have the ability to maintain a strong cadence for a decade, to grow up to become great businesses.
Lavanya then answers the golden question, how involved do investors get in the company after investing in it. She tells us that she prefers to be on the board of the said company and help it grow. Lavanya shares her core values with us, she puts the founders of the companies first, tries to be of service to them, and helps transform our country with them. She also gives us her insights into when a company should start to scale up. According to her, when a company has an enduring business model and has proven its value to the customers, that is when they should scale up.
This video is for all the investment enthusiasts out there, tune in to this very informative podcast and get all the information about Equity Funds!
Lavanya Ashok is a Partner at Trifecta Equity Fund. She joined Trifecta Capital to co-lead the launch of the New Economy Leaders Fund in October 2020. Prior to joining Trifecta, she was Managing Director, Private Equity at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in their Principal Investment Area (PIA) till September 2020. She joined GS as an analyst in 2004 in New York and re-joined the firm in Mumbai in 2010 – across these stints, she has spent over 12 years with GS.
At GS, Lavanya has focused on investments across sectors including consumer internet, healthcare, financial services, auto and logistics. She has lifecycle growth equity investing experience and has successfully exited Goldman’s investments in M&M, Max India and TVS Logistics. Lavanya led GS’ investments in Cytecare, Azure Hospitality, and Pepperfry.com and served on the boards of all these companies.
Prior to re-joining Goldman Sachs, Lavanya worked as an investment professional at SPO Partners, a $10bn California-based hedge fund focused on value-oriented investing, for over two years.
Lavanya earned a BS in Economics and Finance summa cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 where she was among the top 1% of students in her graduating class, and an MBA in 2010 from Stanford University where she was a Barrett Fellow and President of the South Asia Students’ Association.
Lavanya is passionate about investing, has recently joined the Stanford Angels and is a mentor to multiple entrepreneurs focused on India’s new economy. When she’s not working, she can be found with her husband and twin toddlers amid nature 🙂