Start-up world stunned by death of 32-year-old entrepreneur Pankhuri Shrivastava


Condolences have poured in for 32-year-old entrepreneur Pankhuri Shrivastava, who died of sudden cardiac arrest.

A tweet by her start-up, Pankhuri, read, “With profound grief and sorrow, we regret to inform the sad demise of our beloved CEO, Pankhuri Shrivastava. We lost her on 24th December 2021 due to a sudden cardiac arrest. May her soul obtain Sadgati. Om Shanti.”

Shrivastava was the founder of women-centric venture ‘Pankhuri’ and home rental company Grabhouse.

Former Google India chief and Managing Director of Sequoia India, Rajan Anandan, tweeted, “Deeply saddenned and shocked by this sudden loss. Pankhuri was so full of life, ideas and passion and had a missionary zeal. We loved having Pankhuri in our Surge family and will miss you so dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this very difficult time.”

Start-up Surge wrote on Twitter, “Breaks our heart to share that we lost someone from our Surge family. @pankhuri16 was so vibrant…incredibly smart & full of life. We’re going to feel her loss very deeply. Our deepest condolences to her family, friends & colleagues. We will miss you very much Pankhuri.”

Shailendra J Singh, also from Sequoia India tweeted, “In shock since yesterday. Pankhuri had so many ideas, insights, full of enthusiasm and creativity as a founder … we are still trying to process this huge loss. Heart-broken and numb. RIP dear pankhuri.”

Pankhuri startup was backed by Sequoia Capital, while Shrivastava’s rental start-up company Grabhouse was later acquired by Quikr in a cash and equity deal.

Born in Jhansi, Shrivastava got married in a lavish ceremony in Madhya Pradesh last year. She had shared photos of her wedding on Instagram saying how ‘amidst uncertainties of the pandemic,’ she had chosen ‘one of the finest certainties’ of her life.