Building & Selling Companies with Debu Purkayastha, 3rd Eye (ex-Google M&A)

Oct 18, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Wework Moorgate, 5 Fore Street, London, EC2Y 5EJ

Debu spearheaded Google's global M&A / investment efforts. Today he is managing partner at 3rd Eye, a VC firm. He is Senior Advisor to EQT ($30B PE fund), was EiR at Octopus Investments & sits on the boards of Cambridge University & MercyCorps (global NGO). Chairman of the Advisory Board of Veon (formerly VimpelCom; $10B+) & is on Advisory Boards of Sadara Ventures, LBS & Tech London Advocates.

In-person event

About this event

Debu Purkayastha is managing partner at 3rd Eye, a Venture Capital and Private Equity firm investing globally in the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sectors. Debu is also a Senior Advisor to EQT (global PE Fund - $30B+) advising on late stage, big-ticket TMT private equity investments globally.

Prior to 3rd Eye Debu was Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) at Octopus Investments, a premier global investment firm with $8B+ under management, doing early stage technology venture capital investments.

Debu sits on the Boards of Cambridge Enterprise/Cambridge University & MercyCorps (global NGO) and is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Veon (formerly VimpelCom), a global mobile telco with $10B~ of revenues and 235 million+ subscribers in addition to the Advisory Boards of Sadara Ventures (Palestinian VC Fund – LPs Google, Cisco, Soros etc.), London Business School & Tech London Advocates & previously used to sit on the Boards of DataFlow (data verification), Fon (wireless), Mobile Planet (mobile apps), Reevoo (reviews) & HTL/Scandic (biggest hotel chain in Scandinavia) amongst others.

He has gained significant operating & Investment/M&A experience - in US, Europe, Asia & Africa. Till 2014, Debu spent 6+ years at Google where he spearheaded Google’s global M&A and Investment efforts including several landmark acquisitions & investments in the US & Europe that are now some of Google’s biggest businesses. Debu also headed Google’s New Business Development team & was instrumental in launching several of Google’s iconic products globally spanning multiple key strategic focus areas. Debu is a founding member of Google “Campus”, a seven-storey co-working space for startups in London’s Tech City (which has been widely covered by the global media) – this initiative led to the formation of the “Google for Entrepreneurs” program.

Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre's Corporate Development/M&A team (where he did the acquisition of & the sale of Sabre to private equity – both significant global e- commerce transactions) & in a past life was a Technology/Media/Telecoms M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London.

Debu has a MBA from London Business School & is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Debu spends a fair bit of his personal time working with leading NGOs & governmental institutions in several politically sensitive and conflict zones including Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Kashmir etc. focusing on economic development initiatives (primarily helping fund & build small businesses). 

Join us on 18th Oct and meet Debu in person.

Check out what happened


  • Debu Purkayastha

    3rd Eye (ex-Google M&A)



Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM UTC


5:00 PMWelcome
6:00 PMFireside Chat
7:00 PMNetworking drinks
8:00 PMFinish


  • Prem Sangeet Petar Savic

    Supreme Factory

    London Director

  • James Lethem



  • Sam Adekunle

    Grone Collective

    Head of Special Projects & Initiatives

  • Gabriel Pizzolante

    UK GAP Consulting



WeWork logo


About Startup Grind

This is Startup Grind. We are the world’s largest startup community.

Our Mission

To give startups everywhere the education and opportunities they need to build, grow, and scale their companies.

Our Values

We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving first, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself.

Tools & Discounts for Startups

Take advantage of resources and offers provided by organizations we know and love, designed to help you navigate the startup journey.

Global Conference

Our annual flagship event in Silicon Valley brings together thousands of startup teams, investors and organizations from all over the world.

Join the Startup Membership

This membership gives you free access to networking, events, mentorship, office hours, and other exclusive opportunities curated by Startup Grind HQ.