Vani Kola: Impact through innovation and entrepreneurship

She made it as a top Venture Capitalist in India's male-dominated finance and entrepreneurial landscape. India’s Woman Of Silicon Valley talks about the challenges faced by women in leadership roles and business ventures.

In this episode of #LeadershipTalks, host Sukirti Gupta speaks to Vani Kola, Venture Capitalist, Leader and Entrepreneur. Vani talks about entrepreneurship and the challenges faced by women in leadership roles and business ventures.

In order to mobilize women in the workforce, we need women in leadership roles claiming space for themselves.


Vani invests in mentoring young, ambitious first-time entrepreneurs and helps them scale up. She encourages women to advocate for themselves and to know their worth. She believes that in order to mobilize women in the workforce, we need women in leadership roles claiming space for themselves. So don’t be afraid of taking up space. She tells women to be self-assured and confident in their approach.

Vani Kola started from scratch and rose to the top, and it is all because of sheer passion and determination. She is an idol for all the women who are doubted and discouraged by others. She has proven that women can conquer everything, no matter how male-dominated the field, if they believe in themselves. With ample opportunities and substantial financial stability in her lap, Vani Kola believes in utilizing her position in the entrepreneur world to help upcoming entrepreneurs establish their businesses on a global scale.

“Leadership must be about being authentic. For me, to reach the top, I need not embrace someone else’s definitions and principles. I need to be authentic to my true self”, says Vani Kola.


Takeaways From Vani Kola:

      1. Women lose out on opportunities because they don’t want to call the spotlight on themselves. Self-advocate, you must be comfortable speaking for yourself.
      2. Women are more likely to grapple with guilt of some kind or another. Guilt can hold us back and drain our emotional energy. To be successful, let go of your guilt. Permit yourself you live by your choices
      3. Balancing is always a hard act; balancing work and life is the hardest. Try multiple approaches, each to the best of your ability, to find your fit.

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Speaker | Personality Details
Venture Capitalist | CEO of Kalaari Capital | Website

Vani Kola is an Indian venture capitalist. She is the founder and managing director of Kalaari Capital, an Indian venture capital firm. She was listed as one of the most powerful women in Indian business by Fortune India in 2014 She is a renowned investor and a visionary known for identifying emerging markets.

Vani has successfully led more than 30 investments at Kalaari in e-commerce, gaming, digital content, healthcare and more. Some of her successes include Dream11, Myntra, Cure.fit, and Snapdeal. Vani currently serves on the board of several companies that are redefining the landscape of Indian business.

Vani works on fostering entrepreneurship and women leadership. She believes in the importance of building legacy institutions and is committed to growing Kalaari as a powerhouse venture firm in India.