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June 12, 2006

What is the name of KPCB's India fund?

Answer to this quick quiz question: "Murugan Capital"!!

Don't beleive me? Check out IPO filing of KPCB's first Indian portfolio company, InfoEdge India (which operates Naukri.com), for confirmation.

Here is a guess why KP chose Murugan (a handsome Indian god) - and not something like "KPCB India" - for its Indian name: Since KP does not have a India dedicated fund yet - unlike Sequoia - it just needed a random name for its Mauritius-based unit. And someone at the firm thought of Murugan Pal, founder of one of KP's portfolio companies in the US. Given that another PE firm has names like Bach, Beethoven, etc. for its Mauritius entities, can we expect KP to come up with more mythological names for its future entities? Guess, time will tell.

Arun Natarajan is the Founder of Venture Intelligence India, which tracks venture capital activity in India and Indian-founded companies worldwide. View sample issues of Venture Intelligence India newsletters and reports.