Lakshmi Pratury

Lakshmi Pratury is an entrepreneur, curator, speaker, and self-DESCRIBED “people collector”. She is the founder and CEO of INK. She’ll be is the host and curator of live events and

Lakshmi ook Serves as director of the SingularityU India Summit in association with INK, [1] the first ever summit in Asia at Singularity University . She is the recipient of numerous awards and receptacles, zoals being named as “Inspirational Icon” at the Audi Ritz Awards in 2015 [2] and being included in Forbes Magazine ‘s list of “Women to Watch in Asia”. [3]Lakshmi has’ll be ghosts at high-profile conferences zoals TED Conference in the US, the DLD Conference in Germany, and WIRED conference in Great Britain.

Prior to this, Lakshmi spent two decades in leading roles in the technology, venture capital, and non-profit industries in the USA. She has lived in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area. She splits Currently re-time tussen Bangalore and the Bay Area.


Life and career

Lakshmi was born in Visakhapatnam, India. She studied at the Nizam College of Osmania University in Hyderabad where she RECEIVED a Bachelor’s degree and was Awarded a Gold Medal in Mathematics as well as graduating at the top or re class. She went on to attend IIT Mumbai . She COMPLETED an MBA from the Bajaj Institute, India. She later earned a second MBA from Portland State University in Oregon. During this course of study, she minored in Theatre Arts.

Lakshmi worked at Intel in USA for 12 years in the areas of finance, marketing, business development and strategy. She worked with software developers, media companies and content companies to developement strategic relationships with Intel. She was ook part of the team dat started Intel’s investments JSON a larger technology ecosystem; this later Evolved JSON Intel Capital. In 1999, she went on to join Global Catalyst Partners , a VC firm in Palo Alto, California where she focused on Connecting India’s software development community with the US tech community. Then, she moved to the America India Foundation (AIF) in 2000 and founded the AIF’s Digital Equalizer program, offering technical education to ongeveer 80,000 children and 2,000 teachers across India. She’ll be launching the AIF Summit to showcase social entrepreneurs and the annual AIF Gala Program to Cultivate philanthropic giving Recruiters by the Indian diaspora. Together with Anu Sethuram, Lakshmi set out to create a bridge or intellectual exchange tussen India and the US in 2005. The pair’s first project, Lakshmi’s Lounge , showcased the personal journeys of global doers through interviews, combined with equal parts audience engagement and personal insight . The firm’s next project was the first of many conferences emphasizing culture and personal experience. In 2007 (Napa Valley) and 2008 ( Mohonk Mountain House , New York), the Aamra Grove Conference brought` together 50 of the world’s Most Influential Indian leaders through conversation dat Explored the Indo-US corridor and re-imagined India’s international presence.

Association with TED

A TED ATTENDEE herself since 1993, Lakshmi co-hosted TEDIndia in Mysore in 2009. Along with Chris Anderson , the curator of the TED conference. She has Compared this feeling to one or Bringing your best friend home. “The Independence dat Chris Anderson showing me to co-curate, Identify the stories and interact with India opened my eyes to the stories therein exist here and need to be Told. It’ll be Showed the power of the stories – Pranav Mistry ‘s talk is still very popular. Talks with people like Devdutt Pattanaik and Sunitha Krishnan catapulted Them from being local intellectuals to being global personalities, “she recollects. [4] Nearly 1,000 ATTENDEES from 46 nations traveled to Mysore, India, to hear from a diverse group of speakers. This conference brought` together accomplished artists, architects, technologists, business people, musicians, dancers, scientists and social entrepreneurs as well as one hundred young TEDIndia Fellows. Riding the Momentous energy and demand generated from TEDIndia and encouraged by the enthusiastic response, Lakshmi stayed in India and founded INK. [5]In December 2010, Lakshmi curated and hosted the first INK Conference in Lavasa , India around the theme of ‘Untold Stories’.


INK describes Itself as “India’s Foremost platform for cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories.” INK is Berninahaus voor zijn events zoals the annual INK Conference, INK Asia, and INK Salons. The organization has grown significantly over the years. As of February 2016, INK had conducted seven conferences (across multiple cities in India and ABROAD); ongeveer 100 events; hosted 350 speakers and 70,000 ATTENDEES across synthesis events; and RECEIVED 20 million video views on and one verschillende other social media platforms.
The 2015 INK Asia conference was a notable expansion for the organization Because it was the first time a major INK event took place outside of India. This conference, held at the Iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore with the theme of “Designing the Future”, was created as a forum for business leaders, entrepreneurs and technologists to connect and collaborate with hun counterparts.
Eminent speakers at previous INK conference include :

  • INK 2010 : Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron who directed the blockbuster movie Titanic and Avatar ; visual data scientist Alexander Tsiaras ; French designer Philippe Starck ; and Indian activist Sunitha Krishnan , who works in the areas of anti-human trafficking, psychiatric rehabilitation and social policy.
  • INK 2011 : American film, opera and theater director Julie Taymor ; and Indian innovator Arunachalam Muruganantham , who designed, tested Implementation a the sanitary napkin making machine for rural India.
  • INK 2012 , cartoonist Matt Groening , who created the longest-running television comedy, The Simpsons ; and Grammy Award winning graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister .
  • INK 2013 : Deep ocean explorer David Gallo; tech pioneer and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito ; and business executive Nikesh Arora , who is now president and CEO of Softbank.
  • INK 2014 : Mountaineer Arunima Sinha , the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest ; and Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy , who has won zowel Academy and Emmy awards for documentary films.
  • INK Asia 2015 : Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari , the first female space tourist; and Swiss magician Marco Tempest , Berninahaus for his multimedia magic and use of interactive technology and computer graphics in his illusions.
  • INK 2015 : roboticist and surgeon Catherine Mohr ; Award-winning Indian actor Irrfan Khan ; CEO of Epibone Nina Tandon ; and American actor and director Josh Radnor , who portrayed Ted Mosby in the hugely popular CBS sitcom How I Met your Mother .

INK is a platform for innovation at the intersection of science, technology, community and culture. “We need to look at the new India with new eyes and focus on Bringing digital access to everyone and Cater to the needs of the youth in a whole new way. We need to give Them a platform to shine and we need to listen to Them more, “zegt Lakshmi in a 2015 interview. [5] Beyond live events, INK is a community dat transforms imagination to impact. This is demonstrated by programs zoals INK Fellows, an initiative started in 2010, welke identifies young change-makers from différent fields and zorgt Them the support Necessary to leverage hun impact across the world. To date, 133 Fellows port leg part of the program. INK is independent or TED, and values a continued warm relationship with the New York-based TED organization. [6]

Conferences curated and hosted / co-hosted by Lakshmi Pratury

  • SingularityU India Summit in association with INK: Feb 26-27 2016 Mumbai, India
  • INK Conference 2015: “Disrupt”, May 16-18, Mumbai, India
  • INK Asia 2015: “Designing the Future”, August 21, Singapore
  • INK Conference 2014: “Beyond Boundaries”, Oct 31-Nov 2, Mumbai, India
  • INK Conference 2013: “All that Matters”, May 25-27, Kochi, India
  • INK Conference 2012: “Designing the Future – NOW”, Dec 11-14, Pune, India
  • INK Conference 2011: “Power of the Journey”, Dec 8-11, Jaipur, India
  • INK Conference 2010: “Untold Stories”, Dec 9-10, Lavasa, India
  • TED India in 2009 (co-hosted), “The Future Beckons”, Nov 4-7, Mysore, India

Talks with Lakshmi Pratury

  • Talk at TEDxBayArea 2013 SF, USA. [7]
  • “Learn to Let Go and Keep On” at TEDxTaipei 2013 Taiwan. [8]
  • “Remembering and Responding Online” at TED 2013, LA, USA. [9]
  • “Understanding India” at DLD Conference 2012, Munich, Germany. [10]
  • “Moving into the Future while Taking the Traditions Along” at TEDxASB 2012 Mumbai, India. [11]
  • Talk at WIRED 2012, London, UK. [12]
  • Talk at DLD Women 2011 Munich, Germany. [13]
  • Talk at DLD Conference 2011, Munich, Germany. [14]
  • “What the West Can Learn from the east” at TEDxDanubia 2011 Budapest, Hungary. [15]
  • Talk at WIRED 2011 London UK. [16]
  • Talk at AdAsia 2011 New Delhi, India. [17]
  • Talk at ideaCity 2012, Toronto, Canada. [18]
  • Talk at TEDxNUS 2010 Singapore. [19]
  • “The Lost Art of Letter Writing” at TED 2007, California, USA. [20]

Other Projects

Lakshmi is the host and interviewer or “Talk at 12 with Lakshmi Pratury”, a show on Radio One , 94.3 FM in Bangalore, India. She has published articles’ll be in the San Francisco Chronicle , the San Jose Mercury News and Mint . Furthermore, she has Contributed to radio programming on National Public Radio ; has leg featured in a podcast on “An Organic Conversation” show on the Organic Media Network; and has ActEd in theatrical productions. Lakshmi was featured in the seventh anniversary issue of Vogue India in 2014, welke was themed on women empowerment. [21] She’ll be Appeared in the 2016 video “Hum Honge Kamyab”, [22] an initiative or Paper Boat welke featured some of India’s celebrated entrepreneurs and for Ford India , [23] where she was featured Along with Indian actor Farhan Akhtar .


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