Debu Purkayastha, for the last six years a powerful force inside Google’s international business working on M&A and investments, has departed the tech giant’s warm embrace to go solo. His first port of call will be as Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Octopus Investments, one of the UK’s better known investors which has backed companies such as Swiftkey, YPlan and Conversocial.
Alex Macpherson, head of the Ventures team at Octopus said would be working to identify new investment opportunities and support the entrepreneurs and management teams in the portfolio. Of course, what Purkayastha will also be bringing is a full contact book which, will help extend Octopus’s reach, as it were.
At Google, initially as Principal of Corporate Development, Purkayastha spearheaded its global M&A and investment efforts with acquisitions such as ITA Software, Phonetic Arts, Green Parrot Pictures and Gizmo5. He then went on to become Principal of New Business Development…
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