'There is a certain rhythm to business, which you have to accept and respect'

Kanwaljit Singh on what it takes to succeed as a new-age consumer business in India and how Fireside Ventures remains enthusiastic about boutique brands six years on.

Seated in his simple yet elegant home office in Bengaluru's Whitefield locality, Kanwaljit Singh is a picture of calm. The distant roar of jets rehearsing for the upcoming Aero India show seemingly poses no distraction. The Fireside Ventures founder, sporting a grey turban and a blue check shirt, chats like he has all the time in the world. A few minutes into our conversation, Singh makes himself some tea—“Turmeric Spiced” from his portfolio company Vahdam Teas, he tells me. 

His relaxed demeanour could be because he has just closed a $118 million second fund for Fireside, an early-stage venture capital …


Harveen Ahluwalia

Harveen is a co-founder at The Morning Context, and leads our Internet coverage, overseeing a team of reporters writing on startups and tech. She has previously worked as a media, consumer and tech reporter at The Ken and Mint. At The Morning Context, she writes on startups, venture capital, consumer and media businesses—from e-commerce to healthtech to streaming.

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