Top 50 Rising Stars 2021 continued (in alphabetical order by CVC unit): Sheena Jindal, principal, Comcast Ventures

Sheena is a principal at Comcast Ventures, the corporate venturing arm of US-based mass media group Comcast. Jindal concentrates on real estate, financial services and consumer health and has played a pivotal role in several investments.

Regarding her role, Jindal said in a blogpost: “After a wide range of professional experiences and an internship with Bessemer Venture Partners, I joined Comcast Ventures to focus on all things consumer.

“It is a fascinating time in our economic cycle. We are seeing saturation in plenty of categories but also an incredible new generation of founders who know how to build and deliver what consumers really want and need – at scale.

“With these experiences under their belt, I am especially excited for teams to tackle fundamental challenges – like addressing the food deserts throughout the US, fixing housing shortages which stifle economic growth and community well-being and making health and wellness accessible to all.

“I am excited to be a thought partner with our teams and leverage our experienced network to help these founders accelerate momentum and weather the unexpected. Too many startups get lost in ‘reactive mode’ in day-to-day operational challenges and they forget the big picture. I have been there and want to help them think about how to accomplish their vision with pragmatic and loyal support when it is needed most.”

She is energised by the ways small changes in the ecosystem that can have major ripple effects throughout huge categories in the next five to 10 years. This butterfly effect of small behaviour shifts creates and widens categories, either by being a new product or by being distributed in a new way.

“At Comcast Ventures, we have flexibility on sector and cheque size which provides wide exposure to different categories and investment opportunities,” Jindal concluded. “This is a huge runway to learn and an incredible chance to make a difference.”