Rishi Jaitly is the co-founder and CEO of Times Bridge, the investment arm of the Times Group of India, South Asia’s oldest media company. The VC firm, which said it invests in the “world’s most purposeful companies,” has backed startups that became household names, including Airbnb, Headspace, Uber, and Vice. In 2006, Jaitly made the career-defining decision to leave California and work for Google in Delhi, India — a place he believes to be a “microcosm of the world’s conditions” — reversing his parents’ migratory path. It’s also where Jaitly became the first Twitter employee, leading the social media giant’s expansion, operations, and acquisitions eventually across the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, and North Africa. A self-professed advocate for the humanities, he also sits on the board of the National Humanities Center for humanistic study, the Virginia Humanities, and nonprofit media company PRX.