As the Indian online audience expands and matures, we are proud to announce VCCircle Digital Content Investment Forum, a first-of-its-kind initiative focused on the Indian digital content industry, to be held in The Lalit Ashok in Bangalore on November 16, 2011.


As various projections claim, India's Internet users will triple to 300 million from the current 100 million mark over the next couple of years. This will create several opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors for creating innovative business models.


The forum will try and answer questions such as: Is there an opportunity for India-specific user-generated content play or does it have to be global? What are the monetisation challenges? What about advertising supported or paid content models? What will be the next level of evolution in segments like classifieds, Bollywood, cricket, financial services and mobile content, among others. What is in store for local search and information market in India?


Join us at the forum, which will bring together successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture capital and private equity investors. This is an unmissable opportunity for you to understand the evolution and growth opportunities in the Indian digital content industry.



9:30am to 9:40am

Introduction Note

Sahad P.V., Founder & Editor, VCCircle


9:40am to 10:20am

Fireside Chat: The Future Of Digital Content In India

Ravi Adusumalli - Managing Partner, SAIF Partners (Moderator)

VSS Mani - Founder & CEO, Just Dial

Naveen Tewari - Founder & CEO, InMobi


10:20am to 11:20am

Panel I: User Generated Content In India: Its Evolution & Opportunities

What are the kinds of user generated content consumed in India? What are its monetization challenges, be dominated by advertising, or will new models emerge? What are challenges in the discovery of user generated content? What kind of content will work in terms of genre? How is the segment developing in areas related to local languages and regional content?


BG Mahesh - Founder & MD, (Moderator)

Suresh Reddy - Chairman and CEO, Ybrant

Rishi Khiani - CEO, Indiatimes

Hari Nair - Founder and CEO, HolidayIQ

Kiran Gopinath – Founder & CEO, Ozone Media


11:20am to 11:40am

Tea & Networking


11:40am to 12:40pm

Panel II: Local Search & Classifieds

What will be the next level of evolution in this segment? Where are the emerging opportunities between B2B and B2C business models? What are the monetization challenges and new models in this category? Which direction will the growth and new opportunities take – vertical play specific to certain sectors or a diversified horizontal play covering a variety of sectors? How is local search segment shaping up in India? Can mobile internet spur additional growth for this sector?


Hitesh Oberoi - MD & CEO, Infoedge (Moderator)

Mohit Dubey - Co-Founder & CEO,

Amarjit Batra - Country Manager, OLX India

Pranay Chulet – CEO, Quikr


12:40pm to 1:40pm

Lunch & Networking


1:40pm to 2:40pm

Panel III: Entertainment

Entertainment, comprising of Bollywood and Cricket and other emerging segments seem to be the driving forces of digital content in India. Can digital content providers successfully syndicate movies and TV soaps? Will they be able to make online and mobile rights for cricket tournaments as big a business as the Indian sport? Will India come up with its own version of Hulu and iTunes? What will be the impact of 3G on this segment?


Kishore AK - CEO, Althea Systems

Sameer Pitalwalla - Business Head, 3G, UTV

Radhakrishnan Ramachandran - Founder & CEO, iStream

Mukul Singhal – Vice President, SAIF Partners


2:40pm to 3:40pm

Panel IV: Financial Services

What role will internet content play in the next phase of India's financial inclusion as the Indian middle class increasingly spends on financial products such as loans, mutual funds and insurance plans? What are the products gaining traction in this segment - loans, insurance, mutual funds etc.? Can consumer driven forums work on this space? How will the regulatory environment to sell financial services online shape business models?


Deepak Srinath – Director, Viedea Capital Advisors (Moderator)

Girish Batra - Chairman and Managing Director, Netambit

Adhil Shetty - CEO,

C.R. Chandrasekar - CEO, FundsIndia


3:40pm to 4:00pm

Tea & Networking


4:00pm to 5:00pm

Panel V: Mobile Content

How will 3G help mobile content take off in India? Will monetization be driven by consumers paying or is mobile advertising reaching critical mass? What will be the segments that take off in this new wireless broadband world – news, video, gaming, maps?


Manik Arora - Founder & MD, IDG Ventures India (Moderator)

Rakesh Verma - MD, Mapmyindia

Anuj Kumar - CEO, Affle

Vamshi Reddy - Founder, and Director, Apalya

Vijay Shekhar Sharma - Chairman and Managing Director, One97

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VCC Events opens up the avenues for participation. Join hands to be a part of India’s largest gathering of alternative investments leaders, industry stakeholders and Asia’s influential limited partners, general partners and marquee advisors. Your chance to actively participate and augment yourself as thought leaders.

Venue :

The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru

The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru


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