Venkatesh Panchapagesan is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). He is currently the Chairperson of NSRCEL, IIMB’s start-up hub as well as the Head of the Real Estate Research Initiative. He has more than 23 years of experience in academia and in global financial services industry after finishing his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Southern California. His prior experience includes senior management roles at world’s top hedge funds (Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Bridgewater Associates) and academic positions at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis (full-time) and Stern School of Business, New York University (visiting). He has published in top peer-reviewed academic and practitioner journals of the world and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, a Cost Accountant and post-graduate diploma holder from IIM Calcutta in India.