Back to list of speakers

Lakshmi Pratury

Founder and CEO, INK

A self-described “people collector,” it stands to reason that Bangalore and bay area entrepreneur and curator Lakshmi Pratury would also be an expert on the role of storytelling. A student of the human condition, Lakshmi is the driving force behind INK, India’s foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories. Named one of Forbes’ “Women to Watch in Asia,” she addresses the vital function of stories in family, business and institutions, and their changing expression in the digital world. Her long experience in this area – Lakshmi spent two decades in leading roles in U.S. technology, venture capital and non-profit industries – dates back to her years at Intel, where she witnessed the power of storytelling that transformed the IT giant from a chip company to a leader in the computing industry. Her education across the disciplines of mathematics, management, creative writing and theater continues to catalyze her career that spans corporate, social and media ventures.