Vishal Harnal


Vishal Harnal

General Partner
500 Startups

Vishal is a General Partner at 500 Startups, the most active venture capital firm in the world. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 500 has invested in over 2200 companies across 70 countries (AUM ~US$1B).

Vishal is based in Singapore from where he leads 500’s investments across Southeast Asia through the “500 Durians” funds. Those funds have invested in over 160 companies across multiple verticals from consumer to enterprise to deep tech. Some (now large) investments include Grab, Carousell and Bukalapak.

Vishal is also an avid teacher and learner. He is a Kauffman Fellow and has also taught programmers and classes on venture capital and entrepreneurship at Standford, MIT, Wharton, INSEAD and the Singapore-MIT Alliance.

Prior to his career in venture, Vishal practiced law at a top-tier firm where he specialised in resolving complex and high-stakes international investment, shareholder and political disputes. He is also no stranger to entrepreneurship, having built an education company while still in law school.

Vishal frequently speaks and advises on venture capital investing, board and management related issues, and the large sweeping trends in technology and humanity. His opinions are aired on premier news networks such as Bloomberg and CNBC.

Outside of venture capital, Vishal is passionate about the arts, education, aging and longevity, and both the spiritual and scientific exploration of the human mind.