TheCaptable | About Us

Who We Are

The CapTable is crafted to hold a mirror to India’s dynamic new economy and enable you to make high-impact decisions. How did we arrive here?

For fast-growing companies, the capitalization table (cap table) details all the shareholders founders, employees, investors and the equity they own. It is reflective of the essence of a firm. We will bring that to you. Our team promises to always be predisposed to listening to all the sides of a story and delivering the closest version of the truth to you. This, we believe, is our wider moral responsibility to you, our readers.

Why now? India’s startup ecosystem has the world’s attention for the market potential it enjoys as well as its transformative innovations. This rapid growth, though, has brought with it noise and obscurity that we will help you declutter. We will empower you with breaking news, analysis, and sharp insights everything you will need to know to form an educated opinion for your decision-making.

An Independent Platform

Our parent organization, YourStory, gives voice to founders, investors and sundry other stakeholders in India’s new economy. It offers stories of grit, determination and inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs. It nurtures entrepreneurship also via events, branded content and partnerships with various stakeholders, including from the government and the tech ecosystem.

YourStory is not alone in its efforts. It is backed by venture capital investors and entrepreneurs who see value in its mission.

The CapTable, while bearing some of the same DNA, has the sensibilities of an optimistic critic. We are focused on delivering news and insights derived from diligent and independent research and reportage to decision makers around the world.

In this, we will never waver. You can depend on us for objective, incisive, fact-based articles on India’s new economy, its fast-growing digital companies, and the people behind them.

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*YourStory and its investors have zero influence on The CapTable’s editorial direction and decisions.

Meet the Team

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Madhav Chanchani

Founding Editor

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Madhav’s career in journalism started in 2008 at VCCircle, where, as the Associate Editor, he learned the ropes of building a new media platform. He joined The Economic Times in 2014 and headed startup coverage as one of its youngest National Editors. Till recently he was at The Times of India to lead coverage of the internet economy and M&A.
Why Build The CapTable?

Having tracked the startup economy for over a decade, Madhav believes India’s new economy is at a pivotal juncture. It needs a publication that is independent to hold it accountable but at the same time is fact-based and objective..He is also old school in thinking that opinion and reporting should not be mixed.

What He Looks For In A Story?

Cui Bono?—the Latin phrase asking who benefits—is always the answer Madhav is looking for when evaluating an article.

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Aditi Shrivastava

aditi@the-captable.com

A graduate from Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Aditi has spent close to a decade working at Reuters, The Economic Times, and Stellaris Venture Partners. She has broken scoops tracking the inner workings and boardrooms of the biggest technology companies, including Flipkart, Swiggy, Ola, and Paytm. Aditi is obsessed with asking questions (persistently till she gets the answers), which is probably why her mother always wanted her to be a journalist.
What keeps her going?

Aditi derives her energy from meeting founders, breaking news that shapes the future of technology, and most importantly giving her readers an inside view into India’s emerging businesses. She believes diversity in management is good for business and wants to see more women in leadership roles.

Why build The CapTable?

Aditi thinks that a comprehensive and analytical news platform focused on the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem is an unmet need for readers globally. As India’s biggest technology companies look to go public, and expand overseas in the new decade, a publication that writes contextual fact-based news couldn't have been better timed.

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Pratik Bhakta

pratik@the-captable.com

As a fintech reporter since 2015, Pratik knows that numbers never lie and there is always a story to be woven around them. First for The Economic Times and then for Moneycontrol, he has used this lens to cover the intersection of finance, technology and entrepreneurship.

A typical Bong, he loves prolonged conversations with entrepreneurs, policymakers and investors over multiple rounds of chai.

What he loves about fintech?

If HDFC Bank transformed the face of Indian banking over the past two decades, the next, Pratik believes, will belong to the fintechs. And Indian entrepreneurs will have to battle it out among themselves along with the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon, making the sector one of the hottest right now.

Why build The CapTable?

With every startup wanting to be fintech these days, Pratik feels there is also a need to cut the clutter. At The CapTable he wants to bring out the answer to the question, 'how is technology changing the distribution of financial services?'

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Supriya Roy

supriya@the-captable.com

Supriya’s career in business journalism started at Reuters in 2018, where she trained to report and write on the global financial markets. She subsequently moved on to cover technology, startups and the venture capital ecosystem at News Corp-owned digital media publications TechCircle and VCCircle. Supriya graduated in Journalism, English Literature, and Psychology from a Bangalore University affiliate in the city.
Why Join The CapTable?

The CapTable, she believes, is in an unique position to chart out India’s new economy in formats unexplored before and ahead of the curve. There never has been a better time than the years surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic for financial news reporters to track impact and after-effects of a macroeconomic event that has shaken and tested the core of India’s crop of upstarts. Analyses of these events, she hopes, will further the interests of employees, employers, consumers, and investors alike.

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Harsh Vora

harsh.vora@the-captable.com

Harsh has trouble letting go. In other words, he is an editor and a rewriter. He believes good storytelling hinges on symmetry, which must be achieved through a better understanding of the information at hand, and not just a rearrangement of parts. The process is a key driver for him.

Harsh has been a journalist for 15 years, diving into various aspects of content creation, right from the first newsbreak. He has worked at DNA (Ahmedabad), Times of India (Bangalore), and Mumbai Mirror, his longest halt. His subjects have ranged from city and state developments, politics, opinions, and global affairs to startups and technology now.

Why build The CapTable?

The new economy is being built on the promise of fresh learnings and fast change. It’s a theme that The CapTable tracks very closely and one that also resonates with Harsh.