Maninder Gulati is the Chief Strategy Officer at OYO, world’s fastest growing hospitality chain with presence in India, China and several other international markets.
Maninder has been a part of OYO since 2013 when OYO was in its cradle with just 1 hotel in Gurgaon. OYO was Maninder’s first investment when he was a part of Lightspeed Venture Partners. After playing an investor’s role for 2 years and helping Ritesh build the OYO leadership team, Maninder joined OYO full time in 2015.
Prior to OYO, Maninder was Principal at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a globally renowned venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, he worked with McKinsey & Company on several growth strategy and implementation engagements across sectors including financial services, organized retail, digital music and data centers.
He started his career in June 2003 with ITC Limited, India’s largest FMCG company, and worked across tobacco and personal care businesses.
Maninder also co-founded Lifeinlines.com, a voice-based platform that allows users to create a digital diary of their life.
Maninder actively invests in early stage start-ups and his portfolio includes Meesho, Shuttl, Bombay shaving company, Baby chakra, Kapiva among others.
Maninder is an MBA in Strategy & Leadership from ISB, and a graduate from IIT Bombay.