Debu Purkayastha manages 3rd Eye, a slightly different type of venture capital firm, focusing on early stage technology investments in Europe and Israel. He is also a Senior Advisor to EQT, advising on late-stage, big-ticket private equity investments in the technology, media and telecoms sectors globally.
Purkayastha sits on the Boards of Cambridge Enterprise, Cambridge University and MercyCorps (NGO). He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board of VimpelCom Ltd., in addition to the Advisory Boards of Sadara Ventures, London Business School and Tech London Advocates.
Until 2014, Purkayastha spent more than six years at Google, where he spearheaded Google’s global M&A and investment efforts including several landmark acquisitions and investments in the US and Europe. He also headed Google’s New Business Development team and was instrumental in launching several of Google’s iconic products globally.
Prior to Google, Purkayastha headed Sabre's Corporate Development/M&A team and in a past life was a Telecoms/Media/Technology M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley and London.
He has an MBA from London Business School and
is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Purkayastha spends his personal time working with
leading NGOs and governmental institutions in several politically sensitive and conflict zones.