Anticipate Failure

Anticipate Failure

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Navigating Uncertainty, Avoiding Disaster, and Building a Successful Business

Lak Ananth


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  • Paid content series in partnership with leading business publication (e.g. Fast Company, Inc., Forbes)
  • Social media promotion on Next47 and Siemens AG platforms (potential reach ≈5M)
  • Internal promotion and distribution to Next47 employees and Siemens AG global leadership
  • Promotion and distribution at Next47 Summit (October 11-14) which will convene ≈200 business decision makers from global Fortune 500 companies, startup Founders and General Partners from leading VCs
  • Promotion and distribution at the Slush conference in Helsinki (December 1-2), arguably the world’s premiere startup event, including mainstage keynote that will reach an audience of ≈8,000 Founders and corporate strategy heads from around the world
  • Book tour in various cities in the US and Europe (TBD)


Lak Ananth:
Lak Ananth is an Indian American venture capitalist who has spent much of his career focused on identifying industry changing disruptions and acting on them as an investor or acquirer. Lak is the founding CEO and Managing Partner of the global venture capital firm Next47 which is backed by Siemens AG and partners with the best entrepreneurs to help them build companies that will change how the world works. Lak has spent his career in service to the entrepreneurial pursuit. In addition to running Next47, he serves on the board of several companies that he has helped to grow beyond $1B valuations. As an investor and board member, he believes in establishing mutual trust with Founders so when critical business decisions need to be made, he can support them in making the best choices for building world-class new businesses. Lak holds an MBA from INSEAD and The Wharton School of Business. He is also a Kauffman Fellow (Class 12).