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Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao

Cabinet Minister for IT E&C

Sri Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs has been representing Sircilla Assembly Constituency since 2009. Sri K.T. Rama Rao was born in Siddipet, Telangana, on July 24, 1976, and grew up in politically and socially active environment. He has completed his schooling from St. George’s Grammar School, Hyderabad. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from Nizam College, Hyderabad. He has two post-graduate degrees – M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Pune and the other is MBA in Marketing and E-Commerce from Baruch College-City, University of New York, New York.

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Prior to Ministry: After completing his MBA, Sri K.T. Rama Rao worked as IT Professional for six years – from 2001 to 2006. His keen observation of political activism as a child, his international exposure as a student, and his strategic role as IT professional empowered Sri K.T. Rama Rao to join ‘fulltime’ in bandwagon of politics. He became the full-time TRS activist in the year 2006. His go-getter tendency, never give-up mindset, inclination to fight for the deprived enabled him to get connected with wide spectrum of the political arena. He established the required convergence from grass root level workers to the national level leaders. He actively participated in the Telangana movement between 2009 and 2014.

Sri K.T. Rama Rao has been putting relentless efforts in streamlining the assigned portfolios. As an IT Minister, Sri K.T. Rama Rao has come up with omniscient vision to cater the multi-dimensional requirements of the IT industry. Several complementary initiatives are launched under his noble leadership to address the needs of the industry.

Pullela Gopichand

Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team

Pullela Gopichand was born on 16 November 1973 to Pullela Subash Chandra and Subbaravamma at Nagandla, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh . Initially, he was interested in playing cricket, but his elder brother encouraged him to take up badminton instead. He did his schooling from St.Paul’s High School, Hyderguda, Hyderabad. He joined A. V. College, Hyderabad and graduated in public administration. He was the captain of the Indian combined universities badminton team in 1990 and 1991.

Gopichand was coached by S. M. Arif before Prakash Padukone accepted him at Prakash Padukone academy. He also trained under Ganguly Prasad at the SAI Bangalore.

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Gopichand won his first National Badminton Championship title in 1996, and went on to win the title five times in a row, until 2000. He won two gold and one silver at the Indian national games, 1998 held at Imphal. At the international level, he represented India in 3 Thomas Cup tournaments. In 1996 he won a gold in the SAARC badminton tournament at Vijayawada and defended the crown in the next games held at Colombo in 1997. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, he won a silver in the team event and a bronze in men’s singles. In 1999, he won the Toulouse open championship in France and the Scottish open championship in Scotland. He also emerged winner at the Asian satellite tournament held at Hyderabad in the same year, and lost in the final match of the German grand prix championship.

In 2001, he won the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships at Birmingham. He defeated then world number one Peter Gade in the semi-finals before defeating Chen Hong of China to lift the trophy. He became the second Indian to achieve the feat after Prakash Padukone, who won in 1980.

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Rajendra Srivastava

Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB)

Rajendra Srivastava is the Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Novartis Professor of Marketing strategy and Innovation. He comes with an experience of over 30 years as an academic and administrator. He has held several tenured faculty and administrative positions during his career. Before joining the ISB, he was Provost and Deputy President of Academic Affairs at Singapore Management University.

Rajendra Srivastava’s research interests include Marketing Strategy, Marketing Metrics, and Brand/Customer Management. His current work focuses on Business Model Innovations, especially in Services, B2B, Technology and Emerging Markets.

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He is best known globally, for his work on measuring the impact of market-facing business processes (innovation, supply-chain and customer management), that create value for customers, and the value of market-based assets (customers, channels, brands and value networks).

He is also well known for his work in competitive market structures and brand equity/strategic brand management. His latest research and teaching interests include Business Model Innovation, Strategic Performance Management, Marketing Accountability and Driving Growth and Shareholder Value.

Rajendra Srivastava is a highly cited scholar with work published in leading marketing journals. He is also the recipient of several awards and honours. He has been actively involved in setting up several new postgraduate and doctoral programmes as well as research centres and initiatives in close collaboration with industry. He has also been involved in consulting and senior management training with global MNCs and brings a unique blend of experiences integrating academic and business perspectives from the west and the east. He is committed to cross-functional integration in management of business processes and has championed inter-disciplinary research and academic programmes, and has nurtured multi-disciplinary areas of excellence in financial markets, innovation and business analytics.

His research, spanning marketing and finance/economics, has been published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science and Journal of Banking and Finance. He was a guest editor for the Journal of Marketing Research’s Special Issue on Brand Management and Equity, and the Journal of Marketing Special Issue on Marketing Strategy Meets Wall Street. Additionally, he has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals including Journal of Marketing Research (JMR) and International Journal for Research in Marketing (IJRM).

Prior to SMU he held distinguished research chairs and senior management positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Emory University in Atlanta. Professor Srivastava is an MBA and PhD (Business Administration) from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and holds a BTech (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Suresh Challa

President, TiE Hyderabad,
Director, SSPDL Ventures

Suresh Challa is a B.Tech graduate in Mechanical Engineering from JNTU Hyderabad and holds a MS degree in Industrial Engineering from The University of Texas, Austin. After graduation he worked as a process engineer for four years at National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, California before moving to India to co-found Asian Coffee Limited as Promoter Director. Asian Coffee was the first company in India to manufacture and export instant coffee to the western world by supplying to large multinationals like Nestle, USA, Tetley UK and put India on the instant coffee map of the world.
Asian Coffee’s IPO in 1989 was oversubscribed by 35 times when listed on BSE and after successfully establishing itself in the marketplace in 1992 Asian Coffee got acquired by Tata Tea, currently Tata Coffee.

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Subsequent to Asian Coffee’s acquisition, Suresh Challa returned to the United States and co-founded PostModern Computing, a software product company in the distributed object technology space of CORBA Middleware in Palo Alto, California. PostModern Computing was the first company in the world to introduce a JAVA Object Request Broker based on OMG’s CORBA standard. PostModern Computing merged with Visigenic Software and launched its IPO on Nasdaq in 1996 with a market cap of $100 Million.

Billed as one of the first Internet companies to go public on Nasdaq, Visigenic later got acquired by Borland Inc. and PostModern’s original product VisiBroker is still available in the market, with more than 30 million licenses in use – VisiBroker is the world’s most widely deployed CORBA object request broker (ORB) infrastructure. In 1998 he founded NeoTrax Inc. another software development company in Pleasanton, California and created PersonalMD.com, a web based service for the automation of personal health records. PersonalMD was one of the pioneers in the space of personal health records with over a million members in the first year of its launch.

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Neeraj Bharadwaj

Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Neeraj Bharadwaj is a Managing Director advising on large growth capital and buyout opportunities across sectors in India. He is based in Mumbai.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Bharadwaj was a Managing Director with Accel Partners’ growth investing operation in India. Preceding that he was with Apax Partners for nearly 10 years – initially as a Partner in the U.S. and subsequently as Managing Director/Country Head for Apax in India, where he led the India operations. Investments he has been involved with include Apollo Hospitals (BSE: AHEL), Jamdat (NASDAQ: JMDT), Widerthan (NASDAQ: WTHN), NXP and others. Previously, Mr. Bharadwaj was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co.

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Mr. Bharadwaj was selected as Board Member of the Indian School of Business (ISB), a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Chairperson of the India Regional Agenda Council of the WEF (2009-2011), Founding Curator of WEF’s Global Shaper Community, Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and Board Member of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ).

Mr. Bharadwaj holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Anil Bhansali

Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd. and General Manager, Cloud and Enterprise, MSIDC

Anil Bhansali is the Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd. and the General Manager of the Cloud and Enterprise engineering teams at Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC). A veteran of over 22 years at Microsoft, Anil began his career here in Redmond in 1991 as part of the Office division, where he worked on MS Excel for multiple releases. He was the Partner Development Manager in the Office Shared Services Team that worked on SharePoint Team Services V1.0 and Windows SharePoint Service version 2.0.

Anil relocated to India in 2003 as Director of the Windows Live Platforms Services Group. He established and drove several engineering efforts at MSIDC before taking over leadership of the Windows feature engineering group in 2006.

Anil has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from Stony Brook University. In his spare time, Anil loves to travel, run marathons, and spend time with his family.

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Jayesh Ranjan

Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics & Communications Department, Government of Telangana

Mr. Jayesh Ranjan is the Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics & Communications Department, Government of Telangana. Guided by the overall vision of IT E&C Minister Sri KT Rama Rao and assisted by senior and middle level officers, the Secretary plays crucial role in IT Policy formulation, e-governance initiatives, promoting investments in IT, ITES and allied sectors, creating congenial environment for companies to setup and expand their operations, providing strong communication backbone in the State, skilling the youth for availing opportunities the sector offers, among others.

Prior to the present assignment, he was Commissioner of Industries and Managing Director for Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC).

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He was responsible for identifying industrial development opportunities in the State, attracting investments, and providing the required infrastructure support to the industrial units. His other previous assignments had been in the Tourism Department of the State government as its Secretary, and in Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) as Vice Chairman, both for 3 years each, and various assignments with respect to rural areas in different parts of the State for over 12 years.

Rajesh Raju

Managing Director, Kalaari Capital

Rajesh is a pioneer in investing in direct-to-consumer companies in India. His investment interests span consumer categories in retail, education and mobile. Rajesh returned from the US in 2006, drawn by the immense potential that India presents for entrepreneurs in reshaping the country. He has been a part of the startup ecosystem ever since.

In a career spanning over 20 years, Rajesh has had a broad set of experiences in the technology industry across product development, sales, M&A, equity research and private equity. He currently serves on the boards of several companies. Rajesh has an MBA (Hons) from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, a Master’s in engineering from Marquette University and Bachelor’s in Engineering from BITS, Pilani.

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Vikram Vuppala

Founder & CEO, NephroPlus

Vikram is a seasoned healthcare strategy consultant with over 12 years of global healthcare industry experience. His passion to redefine healthcare delivery in India prompted him to found NephroPlus, a chain of premium dialysis centers.

He has helped hospitals, dialysis centers, pharmacy benefit managers, healthcare distributors, consumer health, and pharmaceutical clients on various strategic issues such as business development, growth strategy, operational improvement, portfolio rationalization, redefining customer strategies, clinical trial strategy and M&A.

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Prior to founding NephroPlus, Vikram was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company in their New Jersey office. He also founded an internal management consulting group at Abbott Laboratories helping key management on various strategic and sales force management issues. Prior to that Vikram worked for two years as a business analyst at ZS Associates, a worldwide leader in sales force management consulting.

Vikram did his Bachelors in Chemical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur, Masters in Computer Science from University of Illinois, and a full time MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth school of business. He is based out of Hyderabad, India and enjoys international travel, bollywood movies, roller blading, and sky diving.

Srikanth Sundararajan

Venture Partner, Helion Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Srikanth Sundararajan has 25+ years of international experience in the software product and services space. He has worked at HP, Informix, and was part of the executive leadership team at HCL, the world wide CTO at Cognizant and the COO at Persistent. He had also successfully founded his own start up, Pretzel Logic Software Inc., which was subsumed into BEA, now Oracle.

He is also a visiting faculty of computer science at IIT Bhubaneswar and has taught at several US universities. He also serves on national committees on technical education, an initiative of MHRD, India.

He holds a B Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a MS/PhD in Computer and Information Sciences from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He has several publications and is the holder of patents, jointly with HP and BEA.

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Miten Mehta

Angel Investor, Mentor, Advisor

Miten is a silicon valley based, US Citizen, seasoned entrepreneur, angel investor, growth hacker and board member with over 20 years of experience, specializing in building and scaling technology led cross-border start-ups across US, Europe and India.

He is also Co-Founder and Advisor to Spintaccel.com, a Silicon Valley based Global Dev Accelerator for OIAS (Outsourced Innovation As Service) for creating MLP (Minimum Lovable Product) with presence in DC, NY, Singapore, Bangkok, Bangalore and Mumbai. Spinta portfolio companies include – Move 10X, Peerbud, eecologix, Zankura and Totelist among others.  Miten also serves as non-executive director on board of 63 moons.

Fred H. Walti II

President & Chief Executive Officer, The Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator

Fred is the Co-Founder of Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator (LACI), combining experience as an entrepreneur with his passion for clean technology. In  just  five  years,  Fred  has  forged  LACI  into a regional commercialization ecosystem with an international footprint.  LACI is now recognized as one of the premier cleantech commercialization programs in the world: ranked as the #3 Global

Incubator by the UBI Index of 1200 incubators; the Department of Energy has selected LACI as

one of their three national incubators; and LACI was awarded the 2014 Startup of the Year by the LA Sustainability Collaboration.

As CEO,  Fred  leads the  strategic  direction of the organization and  ensures  that  it  has the resources necessary for success.

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Fred also personally directs the LACI’s international network, the Network for Global Innovation, which currently has members in 14 countries. Fred was named to the Techweek100 as one of the most impactful technology leaders in 2014.

Fred has been involved — either as a founder, consultant, principal, or investor — in the startup of several-dozen technology companies. Fred brings twenty years of entrepreneurship experience, having  co-founded  The  Propellant  Group,  a  management  consulting  group,  Full  Moon Interactive (FMI), an Internet architect, and LAI, Inc., a consulting company focusing on leveraging technology in traditional businesses. Fred also  started one of the first  interactive divisions of a global advertising agency in 1995.

 

Fred received his BA from New York University.

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Jay Krishnan

CEO, T-Hub, Hyderabad

Successful Serial Entrepreneur & investor with two successful exits in the US & India
Senior C- Level Executive with 15+ years of startup & corporate B2B Experience
Worked on large Deals across global customers worth over $50M
Successfully founded and ran Product & Services P&L across 10+ verticals and Business Units worth $100M in Start ups and MNCs
Spearheaded Global GTMs for Start ups and MNCs and managed clients across different segmetns and different countries
Successfully founded and exited multiple startups in the IoT space across the world
Successfully achieved revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up & large Business environments
Repeatedly produced sustained revenue and EBITDA growth in Startups & Large Multinationals
Extensive experience with Product Management, Sales and Marketing, Engineering and R&D

Manish Kumar

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation

Manish is responsible for providing a strategic vision to NSDC in ensuring that the team moves cohesively in one direction toward achievement of the Prime Minister’s Skill India Mission. Manish also represents NSDC at domestic and international fora. He is also the official spokesperson for NSDC.

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V. Raman Kumar

Chairman & Managing Director, Aeries Technology Group

Raman Kumar is the founder, former Chairman/CEO and Board Director of MModal Inc ( NASDAQ: MODL) – a leading voice recognition, clinical documentation technology & services company. He founded CBay Systems, subsequently renamed as MModal, in 1998 and took the company from a start-up to become the world’s largest provider of clinical documentation technology solutions to the US healthcare industry. MModal was sold to One Equity Partners ( JP Morgan’s private equity arm) in 2012 for USD 1.1 billion.

Kumar has won several awards and recognitions for his outstanding contribution to entrepreneurship and business leadership. He was named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 award winner for Maryland. He was also honoured with the prestigious Maryland International Business Leadership Award by The World Trade Centre Institute in Baltimore in the same year.

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Kumar did his B.A (Hons.) and M.A from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He attended the School of Organization and Management at Yale University. He has over 30 years of experience in managing public and private companies; starting his career in the Indian Revenue Service and then shifting to the private sector.

Kumar is a limited partner in three large international private equity funds. He is also an active private investor investing across sectors, in India, US and the Middle East. He is currently the chairman and managing director of Aeries group of companies.

Prayank Swaroop

Principal, Accel Partners

Prayank Swaroop grew up in Ghaziabad and joined Accel in 2011.

Prayank focuses on seed/early investments in commerce (B2C/B2B) and mobile sectors at Accel. He is closely involved with Accel India’s investments in TaxiForSure (now merged with Ola Cabs), BookMyShow, MySmartPrice, Power2SME and a number of mobile businesses. He is also currently looking at growth investments from Accel India.

Prior to joining Accel, Prayank worked at Adobe Systems and Standard Chartered Bank in India / Singapore and held positions across engineering, product marketing, pre-sales and product management. He helped build enterprise level applications, as well as mobile banking and mobile trading apps.

Prayank has an integrated master’s degree in Mathematics and Computing from IIT Delhi, and an MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

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Hari Thalapalli

CEO, CallHealth

Hari Thalapalli, the Chief Executive Officer is assisted by a strong workforce of over 900 people, and a motivated leadership team, who aim to make CallHealth a game changing service. Hari is a multi-disciplinary leader with close to three decades in the Technology Services space. Prior to joining CallHealth, Hari was with Tech Mahindra, where he provided leadership to critical business process areas including business consulting, digital marketing, CRM, supply chain management, etc., with an annual revenue run-rate of approx $300 million. In addition, he provided leadership to the Global Marketing Function and was instrumental in Tech Mahindra’s brand positioning over the last six years. His prior roles involved building robust HR practices, through which he helped raise the performance bar and to help the organization scale newer heights. He has won many accolades, including the CPO of the Year Award from Bloomberg in 2010.

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 Vivek Mansingh

Independent Director (Chairman), Axiscades

Dr. Mansingh is an innovator and highly accomplished global thought leader with excellent blend of business, technical & leadership skills. In his earlier role Dr. Mansingh has been Vice President, at Cisco Systems India where he led global teams in developing innovative products. He has also been the Country Head for Dell India’s R&D Center & MD of Portal Software. Earlier, Dr. Mansingh worked in Silicon Valley at HP & Fujitsu. He was also founder of a design services company ATTI in Santa Clara, CA.

Dr Mansingh currently holds 6 US patents and has invented an instrument and licensed the technology to Cambridge Accusense, Boston. He has contributed to two books and has published over 100 technical papers. He has given keynote addresses at several prestigious conferences on Engineering Design, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Technology for Social Change, Global Leadership and Innovation. Dr. Mansingh holds an Executive Business Management Program degree from Stanford University and Ph.D in Engineering Design Software from Queen’s University, Canada.

Dayakar Puskoor

Managing Director, Naya Ventures

Dayakar’s distinguished career is showcased by an impressive record of achievement in building high value mobile, wireless and telecommunications businesses. He was recognized by the US White House as a mobile technology visionary and has been a keynote speaker for numerous industry events.

Dayakar is a Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a 50 million USD fund that invests in early-stage Cloud, Mobile & Big Data companies.  Apart from his role at Naya Ventures, Dayakar is Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax. He is also a Board Member at Altia Systems, SnapOne and Zoomingo. He is a Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse.

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Previously, Dayakar owned the P&L for the Hosting & Mobility Solutions business at Microsoft. He was responsible for the incubation, development and management of new mobility solutions. He also led the $350M hosting business encompassing all product development, product management, marketing and business development. Prior to joining Microsoft, as Founder and CEO of JP Mobile, Dayakar pioneered the industry’s first mobile software solutions company. He secured $55 million in financing and successfully completed its acquisition by Good Technology, later acquired by Motorola.

Dayakar began his career with Motorola. He owned the P&L for the Paging product, including all aspects of design, development and world-wide customer support. He received the Engineering Excellence Award from management at Nippon Motorola.

Dayakar is an active supporter of entrepreneurs and startups. He has been involved with the Dallas chapter of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) since 1999 and is currently a charter member. Among other activities, he chaired the wireless/mobility SIG of TiE, and organized a wireless seminar in partnership with Nokia, TI and others. Dayakar is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University and earned a master’s degree in computer science from Nova University.

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Vaibhav Parikh

Partner, Nishith Desai Associates

Mr. Vaibhav Parikh is an Electronics Engineer and a Lawyer. He is the Partner in – charge of the Bangalore office of the multi-skilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (www.nishithdesai.com). He also heads the Technology, M&A and Private Equity practice groups. He is a member of firm’s executive committee.

He has a wide range of experience in corporate and technology transactions. He has advised several private equity and venture capital funds in their investments, specifically in e-commerce, technology, media and life sciences industry. He also has significant experience in M&A transactions including advising on one of the India’s largest e-commerce transaction. He has been passionately involved in setting up operations and raising finance for several start-up companies. He is actively involved in the Intellectual Property Practice and is in charge of industry focus group for IT, Telecom, and Media.

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He has advised many leading Indian e-commerce companies in their operations from a legal and regulatory stand point. He has been nominated as one of Leading Lawyer in Private Equity Practice by IFLR1000 in the year 2013. He has also been nominated as one of the world’s leading practitioners in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ for Regulatory Communications. He is recommended by Legal 500 as an expert in TMT and competition law in 2014. He has been ranked number one for TMT by Chambers and Partners in 2015.

Vaibhav Parikh is regularly sought after for his extensive experience in advising on technology matters, with an emphasis on corporate transactions. He has authored several papers and lectured at several prestigious gatherings on a worldwide basis. He has also been acknowledged as a ‘Highly Recommended Lawyer’ for Outsourcing, and Telecom and IT and ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for Intellectual Property by the PLC Which Lawyer? 2009.

He has represented NASSCOM at a WTO symposium at Geneva for presenting a paper on ‘Movement of Natural Persons’ in 2001. He is a Charter Member of TiE, Bangalore Chapter and is also on the executive council of the Franchising Association of India

Sateesh Andra

Managing Director, Endiya Partners

Sateesh has worked in or with venture-backed technology start-ups in U.S/India for the past fifteen years.
Currently he is Managing Director at Endiya Partners, a Venture Capital fund that offers Startup Capital to Product Startups across Technology, Healthcare and Consumer Services. He serves on boards of Hansel.io and Darwinbox.

As a Managing Partner of Ventureast Tenet Fund, he has served on the board of Little Eye Labs (Facebook) and is currently on the boards of OneBreath and Seclore. Prior to joining Ventureast, Andra was a Venture Partner and one of the founding members of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) India, a global venture capital fund investing in category leading technology and Cleantech companies like iYogi, Cleartrip, PubMatic, Attero, Reva, mGinger etc.

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Having seen the complete cycle of fund raising, investments, and exits via association with Ventureast, DFJ and Euclid, Sateesh approaches venture funding by working patiently with entrepreneurs through their highs and lows, till success is achieved. Prior to DFJ, Sateesh co-founded Euclid, a silicon valley startup, in the IT Management Software space and was instrumental in raising VC funding ($35 M+), acquiring, and managing marquee customers and partners. He has also served in product marketing and engineering leadership roles at Tsqware (Conexant), LSI Logic, and VLSI Technology (Philips).

He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is involved with the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy with the objective of popularizing sports, and promoting fitness consciousness in the corporate world. Sateesh co-founded Health Awareness Promotion Project India (HAPPI), which creates awareness about Non Communicable Diseases.

Sateesh holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

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H Purushotham

Chairman & Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation

 Dr. H. Purushotham is the Chairman and Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) a Central Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. Dr. H. Purushotham obtained B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University Visakhapatnam (1982), M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur, M.B.A. from IGNOU and PhD from Osmania University.

He has acquired over 30 years of diverse experience across the innovation value chain by working at different government institutions such as Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat, Cement Research Institute, New Delhi, Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, Andaman & Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation, Port Blair, ARCI, Hyderabad, Technology Development Board of DST, National Institute for Smart Government/Department of Information Technology, New Delhi.

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The areas of experience of Dr. H. Purushotham are multi-disciplinary R&D, technology business incubation, technology transfer / commercialisation, business plan preparation, venture funding, etc. Dr. H. Purushotham has also served as a Director in the NICCO Corporation, Andaman Fisheries Ltd. and Shilpi Aqua Culture Pvt.Ltd. and as an Investment Committee Member of UTI, Ascent India Venture Fund, Gujarat Venture Fund Ltd. and Venteneast VC Fund of APIDC. Dr. Purushotham designed, established and managed the first Technology Business Incubation for Manufacturing Startups at ARCI in 2001-2002. He was also involved in designing the Bio-technology Incubation Centre of CSIR-IICT and Agri-tech Incubator at ICRISAT, Hyderabad and funded many bio-tech projects / ventures while working at Technology Development Board(TDB). He was trained at (i) Venture Capital Institute (VCI), Washington, USA on “Venture Capital Funding”,(ii) National Business Incubation Association (NBIA),USA on setting up of “Technology Business Incubators”,(iii) MDI on “How to Engage and Use Consultants” and (iv) ASCI on “Management of R&D Systems”. He is a recipient of “Meritorious Young Consultant Award 1991” Instituted by Consultancy Development Centre, Ministry of Science & Technology. He has authored/ co-authored 65 project reports, 5 book chapters, one book, published/ presented 70 research papers in various journals and conferences, filed three patents and helped industry in commercializing more than 50 technologies in different sectors.

Lakshmikant Goenka

Owner, Dolcera

Lakshmikant has had a rich and varied experience in product development and domestic and international marketing while working at Pidilite India and United Chemie. Lakshmikant is an inventor and has authored two patents on chemical processes at United Chemie.
His inventions helped his former company to increase revenues and strengthen its competitive position.
Lakshmikant has a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry, and an MBA from the prestigious Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.

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Bala Srinivasa

Partner, Kalaari Capital

Bala is fascinated by the history of technology and entrepreneur-led innovation that creates new market spaces. He has been involved with young technology companies for over 20 years. Bala was part of management teams at two successful analytics startups (in the US and India) where he ran the sales, marketing and product management functions. His last firm, Amba Research, was acquired by Moody’s (a global financial analytics and ratings corporation) in 2013.

Bala spent the first part of his career as an equity analyst in Silicon Valley, covering the software space during the first dot com boom and burst. Bala has a Master’s degree in Physics and Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from BITS Pilani, as well as an MBA in Finance from the University of Toledo.

DSN Murthy

MD & CEO, Dhanush Group

DSN Murthy, Chairman & Managing Director of Dhanush InfoTech, a Post Graduate in Business Management from NITTE, an extreme innovator and a strong believer and Investor in the strengths of the Emerging Markets and the potential it can offer to the world.   DSN Murthy (DSN) has founded Dhanush InfoTech, a Global ICT Products and Services Organization providing niche ICT Services to Fortune 100 Customers in various verticals like Telecom, healthcare, education, e‐Governance, Aerospace and Consulting, with Offices Spread in 8 Countries, operationsin 35 Countries and a Headcount of 1000 Consultants DSN is known for sharp business acumen in spotting business opportunities from common places and creating wealth and value for the Customers, Employees and Society.   DSN has been driven by the passion ‐ to build an organization deeply committed to Values, with the firm belief thatsuccessin business eventually but inevitably follows with your unflinching commitment to Core values. DSN strongly believes that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things when organized into highly charged teams, and takes keen personal interest in developing leaders and teams that focus on predictable outcomes.

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Ajay Sethi

Partner, Accel Partners

Ajay Sethi studied in Mumbai & Houston, worked in the Bay Area & Bangalore and joined Accel in 2013.

Ajay works with entrepreneurs to build innovative products that create value at a global scale. He leverages his product and tech experience to help build products and drive growth across mobile-first products (MySmartPrice, CleverTap, etc.; earlier Founder and CEO of Ziva Software), fin-tech & “value” services (Moneyview, CureJoy, etc.; earlier COO of Ezetap) and marketplace & “services” companies (Portea, PropTiger, etc.; earlier Director of Engineering at Oracle).

Ajay is passionate about building beautiful and disruptive products in fast-evolving technology areas such as mobile-only services, internet of value, internet of services, etc.

Ajay studied at UC Berkley (Certificate of Finance), Rice University (Ph.D. in Parallel and Distributed Computing) and IIT Bombay (B.Tech. in Computer Science).

Abhaya Prasad Hota

MD & CEO, National Corporation of India (NPCI)

Mr. A.P. Hota is Managing Director & CEO of National Payments Corporation of India since February 2009. A significant part of his career in Reserve Bank of India from 1982 to 2009 has been in the area of design and implementation of Payment systems in India. He has played a key role in implementation of MICR technology in Cheque Clearing, Electronic Funds Transfer, Automated Clearing House, Cheque Truncation System and RTGS system in India. Under his leadership, NPCI has launched India’s own card scheme ‘RuPay’ in record three years’ time which is now accepted on all three channels, viz. ATM, PoS and eCommerce with an issuance figure of 200 Million plus RuPay cards. He is Honorary Fellow of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. He is a member in various Committees of the Government of India and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and has contributed to policy and decision-making processes in Payment Systems and Financial Inclusion in particular. He is a regular speaker at Payment systems and Financial Inclusion conferences in India and abroad.

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Rajat Gandhi

Founder & CEO, Faircent.com

Rajat has over 20 years of experience, out of which 17 years are in online and digital space. One of the earliest professionals of Internet in India, he gathered extensive hands on experience in launching and building Portals, online Classifieds, Communities, E-Commerce and Digital Advertising businesses.

He started his career with the Times Group and was involved in multiple initiatives. He was part of the founding team of TBSL the holding company of brands like Timesjobs.com, Magicbricks.com and Simplymarry.com and was instrumental in the launch and growth of these brands.After Times,he headed Performics in India, a digital marketing agency of Chicago-based Publicis Group, winning clients like Airtel, Microsoft, Reckitt, Nestle, Air France amongst others.

A fighter pilot’s son, Rajat loves traveling, especially to the mountains. He is passionate about driving especially in the higher Himalayas. Rajat completed his schooling from Air Force Public School, Delhi, graduated from Delhi University and holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration.

Samir Kumar

Managing Director, Inventus (India) Advisors

Samir is currently the Managing Director of Inventus Advisory Services India. He has been an early-stage venture investor in India since 2001.

Prior to co-founding Inventus, Samir led the India venture investing team for Acer Technology Ventures, where he made early-stage investments in the technology space.

Prior to his VC career, Samir spent 15+ years in the IT industry in India in Sales, Marketing and Product Management roles. He started his working career with Computer Point in 1986, before spending 10+ years in Wipro Infotech from 1988. He then spent 2½ years with Planetasia from 1999-2001, as Chief Marketing Officer.

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Samir is an active Charter Member of Tie Bangalore, where he has been elected to the Governing Body for the past 5+ years. He has also been a Member of the Board of Governors of SINE – the technology incubator at IIT Bombay, since Jan 2013.

Samir earned his B.Tech from IIT-Bombay in 1984 and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore in 1986, where he was awarded the Best All-Round Outgoing student.

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Siddhartha Das

General Partners, Ventureast Fund Advisors

Siddhartha Das is a General Partner, and has been with Ventureast since January 2006. With over 19 years’ experience in IT and in venture investment into IT, Siddhartha oversees technology investments of the Proactive Fund. Deep on technology, Siddhartha is a former researcher with the R&D and product development teams at Intel Corporation where he managed groups which developed cutting-edge technologies for microprocessors.

He has been granted five US patents for his inventions in microprocessor fabrication and optical technologies.

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Siddhartha’s long stint at Intel Corporation and its investment arm Intel Capital has seen him working on some of the most successful venture investments in the telecom, consumer Internet and software technology sectors. Throughout his career, he has been involved in over 40 investments in India, US, and Europe. During his time as the head of Intel Capital in South Asia, Siddhartha oversaw more than 15 investments and 9 exits that established the company as the leading technology investor in the region. Siddhartha was an active technical advisory board member at Sematech, the consortia which drove the strategy for US industry competitiveness in semiconductors, and the Semiconductor Research Corporation, an industry consortium which drove excellence in research programs of leading US universities. He was also a member of the Cornell University Industrial Affiliates program. He has been an executive member of the Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (MAIT) of India, was a member-representative of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in India, and is a charter member of the Bangalore chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

Siddhartha has a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and a PhD in Engineering from Cornell University, New York. He is a mentor to many India based entrepreneurs, and is a speaker at forums organized by NASSCOM, CII, Asian Venture Forum, and IVCJ. He plays an active role in his wife’s entrepreneurial venture as an art dealer and curator, hoping to hone his own skills in the process.

Chinnu Senthilkumar

Partner & CTO, Exfinity Venture Partners LLP

Chinnu, Ex-Country Head, SanDisk and is a director on the board & technical advisor at many start-up Technology firms both in India and US. He has worked in high-tech companies (SanDisk Corp, Intel Corp and Texas Instruments) focused in the semiconductor / hardware industry for nearly two decades.

As country head at SanDisk, Chinnu played a key role in forging partner relationships with companies like Wipro and HCL to outsource engineering and IT turnkey projects.

Chinnu has authored/co-authored 9 US patents in semiconductor design and hardware systems.

Chinnu received the “National Technology” award from the President of India during his college days for an innovative technology project (1990).

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V Srinivasa Rao

Chief Digital Advisor,
OSI Consulting Pvt. Ltd

Prior to OSI Consulting, VSR worked as SVP & Global Head for Digital Enterprise Solutions (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, IOT) at Tech Mahindra. During crisis period at Satyam (now Tech Mahindra).VSR was instrumental in designing & shaping Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS)

VSR was identified as one of the GAME CHANGERS at Tech M and he was featured as RUBBER SOUL in Fortune 500 (India) magazine (Dec’12) in an article about Satyam’s turnaround story

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Before Tech Mahindra,VSR was the head of SAP & Oracle at iGATE Hyderabad.VSR has worked with TCS & Infosys. He was honoured with CEO Excellence Awards at iGATE & Infosys

VSR’s articles were published in various national & international maganizes and news papers. VSR is a recognized speaker & panel chair at events held by CII, NASSCOM, PMI, FICCI, QAI

VSR has received Community Transformation Award from PMI®, USA. VSR got the honor of meeting with former president of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2005. VSR has architected leadership enhancement programs for students in the age group of 12 – 22 years.

VSR was the Chairman of PMI TEAM INDIA (Conglomeration of seven PMI Chapters in India with .He was instrumental in establishing PMI, USA subsidiary in India.He was selection committee member of Tech Pioneers initiative of World Economic Forum (WEF). VSR is the author of the book Ignite the Minds,Build a New India

VSR is currently the president of NextGen Leaders (http://nextgenleaders.in). VSR was Charter Member & mentor at The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Hyderabad

Suresh Babu

Managing Director, Suresh Productions

Suresh Babu is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Michigan, began his film career in the early 80’s with the Telugu film ‘Devatha’. He was instrumental in shifting the Telugu film industry to Hyderabad. Having produced several successful feature films, he continues to add to his growing repertoire.

He established Suresh Productions, one of India’s largest integrated production powerhouses as producers, distributors, exhibitors, digital post facilities, animation and gaming studios. Today, SP produces an average of 5 to 7 films a year with an astounding 80% success rate, an absolute rarity in such a dynamic industry.With around 400 theatres in the country, SP has upgraded cine-viewing experience by adapting to the latest that technology and D-Cinema can offer in their theatres.

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As a distributor alone, SP has exhibited over 1200 blockbuster films. SP’s advertising division provides premium Theatre Branding, Outdoor Media advertising, Print and Electronic advertising services as well. The digital studio provides a complete chain of postproduction facilities like 3D animation, visual effects, digital intermediate and video gaming in collaboration with major post houses like Prime Focus, Fxlabs and others.A pioneering force in the South Indian film industry, Suresh Babu’s greater gift is the ability to evolve with rapidly growing technology. He also has a keen interest in other industries and has expanded into ventures such as infrastructure & real estate development, materials and food processing.

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Prasad Vanga

Founder & Chief Accelerator, Anthill Ventures

Prasad Vanga is the founder & ceo of Anthill Ventures, A speed scaling platform for early growth stage startups. Within just 2 years Anthill has built a startup portfolio of 15 companies across India, US and SE Asia that has grown by 150% in portfolio value. Anthill brings the value of scalable resources of large corporates & family offices to agile startups.

Prasad brings a unique expertise of combining entrepreneurship with scalability. He has an eye for scalable investments with two notable exits – Medplus and Zenoti.

As an active alumni of the stanford business school he is constantly bridging the gap between the valley and startups in Asia

Srinibabu Gedela

CEO, OMICS International

OMICS International and Its associate companies operating in 5 countries and three Special Economic Zone(SEZ) Units with 2000+ Employees. OMICS International Received best Indian ITES award in 2015.
His own bitter experiences to produce a research paper to attend an international conference at Human Proteome Organization, Seoul, Korea, where he received the ‘young scientist award prompted him to begin an initiative that would free the scientific knowledge from all barriers. Encouraged by his fellow scientist friends, Dr. Srinubabu started OMICS International in the year 2007. As Dr. Gedela’s initial interests were in the field of proteomics and diabetes he named his organization as ‘OMICS’.

As he was well aware of the difficulties of his fellow scientists in accessing the instant information and knowledge, he committed himself to the mission of ‘Open Access’ to guarantee free and immediate access to information for any academic or research requirement.

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Today, OMICS International is an ever expanding publishing group that publishes 700 online open access journals in the fields of Clinical, Medical, Engineering & technology, Management, and Life Sciences that publishes 50,000 scientific research articles annually. Not confining to publishing alone, Dr. Gedela quickly expanded his activates to International Science Conferences and events. With more than 1000 Annual Science Conferences, Congresses, Summits, Symposia and Workshops, OMICS International Science Events are dais for meaningful interaction and discussions where world class scientists deliberate their knowledge with young and aspiring scientists.
Of late Srinubabu turned a venture capitalist, where he is all set to fund projects that generate self employment among the youngsters. Dr. Gedela is also into promoting schools, healthcare and sanitation for the past seven years to these villages

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Kishore Ganji

Founder & CEO, Zip.in

 Kishore Ganji is the Founder and CEO zip.in an online grocery delivery ecommerce venture. Kishore is also founder of Astir IT Solutions, Inc. a software development and services company with offices in New Jersey, California and India with over 300 employees. Prior to starting Astir, Kishore worked for PWC, IBM and Pfizer in the Business Intelligence practices, focusing mainly on Customer Analytics and health care. Before this, he worked for Hewlett Packard. In addition to his role , Kishore Ganji serves as the President of the Small and Medium Enterprise Consortium (SMEC), a consortium of over 300 technology companies based in US. SMEC promotes sustainable development of these small and mid-sized businesses and is growing rapidly both here in the United States and abroad. Kishore holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University. He also has an MBA in Sales and Marketing from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia. In addition, he was recognized by NJBIZ as one of the top Forty under 40 high-achieving business leaders in New Jersey in 2008 and in 2010 was a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Ananth Rao

Chair, TiE ISB Connect 2016, MD, Focus Ventures & Chairman, SkillPro

Ananth Rao is CEO & Managing Director of Focus Ventures. Focus Ventures does early stage investing, primarily in technology, hospitality, education & healthcare sectors. In addition, Ananth Rao is on the Advisory board of other later stage companies, assisting with corporate strategy, execution planning and team building.

Ananth Rao is a proven entrepreneur with extensive background in general management, corporate strategy, product development, marketing & sales. Ananth started Focus ventures after leaving Motorola as Vice President. Prior to that, Ananth was Founder of JP Mobile in the US, acquired by Good Technology, which was acquired by Motorola in 2007.

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Over a span of 10 years at JP Mobile, he provided strategic direction, made several acquisitions, raised over $60M in multiple rounds, and grew the team primarily in the US and India. He led efforts for JP Mobile’s acquisition and worked through the integration. Prior to JP Mobile, Ananth worked in Versant & Nortel in USA.

Ananth Rao did his Master’s in Computer Science from University of Southwestern Louisiana and Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Andhra University and his Executive business management program from Stanford University.

Over the last few years, Ananth Rao’s investments include internet companies, mobile software company, and also healthcare, education & hospitality services companies.

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Aruna Reddy

Head, Centre for Entrepreneurship at Indian School of Business

Aruna Reddy heads the Entrepreneurship Centre at ISB. She is responsible for developing, building and refining the ICE strategic plan to further the ISB vision and mission in the area of Entrepreneurship. She has over 17 years of entrepreneurial and professional experience with the Indian School of Business and Oracle Corporation, USA, and as a successful entrepreneur.

Pradeep Mittal

Executive Chairman – Goose Technologies

Successfully exited Magna infotech Ltd, USA (100+ Employees) and Magna Infotech India (7000+ employees) has been acquired by Thomas Cook in India in Feb 2013 thru Ikya Human Capital. Early 2014, acquired controlling stake in Goose Technologies Pvt Ltd, a software product company. The Label Artwork Manager (compliance product) is for Pharma, FMCG and packaging/printing related industries globally. Today it is deployed over 20+ pharma clientele in India.

After working for nearly a decade in IBM, the urge to start on his own has led to the establishment of Magna Infotech initially in USA in 1995 and later on he moved to India to start India operations at Hyderabad in 1997. Magna has offices in 7 cities across India; 200+ blue chip companies as its clients; employee spread has been in 32 cities across India.

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Magna has deployed over 35,000 IT professionals in last 6-7 years and has the potential to grow 10 times of what it is today in the coming 3 – 5 years. Today, Magna Infotech ranks 20 in Headcount in IT Temp Staffing as per the statistics across the globe.
As a Member on Advisory Board of Truth Labs NGO, he volunteer for marketing its services to victims of crime and injustice through awareness and education.

Truth Labs is India’s first and only independent ISO 9001 certified Forensic Science Lab, established with the sole objective of helping the victims of crime and injustice by providing affordable, dependable and timely forensic services to the common man.

As Vice President of TiE, heis actively involved in mentoring the aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals. As a member of Hyderabad Angels, I educate, invest and network with aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals. Hyderabad Angels is a loosely formed organization of people with a common goal of enhancing value of multiple businesses at the same time.

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Rakesh Bhatia

Executive | Mentor | Advisor | Investor |

Vast Executive Leadership experience with successful track record of setting up, growing, running and integrating multi-million USD/Euro, IT/Software/BPO/BPM operations in multiple geographies.

Have been a speaker at several Conferences and Seminars and Business Schools on topics ranging from International Business, Entrepreneurship, People Management, Leadership, Project/Program Management, Information Security, Compliance and Corporate Governance.Have mentored and supported several start-ups and entrepreneurs and continues to do so.Pursuing Doctorate in Business Administration with research interest in Post M&A integration, sensemaking and culture in international business.

Rimpal Chawla

Founder & CEO, Anitya Ventures

Rimpal Chawla is the Founder & CEO of Anitya Ventures, a boutique business advisory and consulting firm, based out of Hyderabad. He is a prolific angel investor, strategic advisor, evangelist and a mentor to start-ups and investment firms. In addition, Rimpal also coaches, advises and consults senior corporate executives on strategic business matters.

He was instrumental in launching Vasisth Relative Value Fund, a hedge fund registered with SEBI and managed by Vasisth Capital Private Ltd. Rimpal serves on the Board of Vasisth Capital, is their strategic advisor and coaches and mentors Vasisth’s CEO. He also serves on the Board of Quadio Devices, a Pune based technology start-up delivering innovative hearing aid solutions globally. As an angel investor, he has invested in about 8 startups in India and US and plays an active mentor and advisor to their management teams.

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Rimpal has over two decades of experience in multi-faceted banking having worked at Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Citibank in U.S., Hong Kong and India. Prior to starting his own venture, he was an MD in the Private Banking & Wealth Management Division of Credit Suisse and has held senior management positions in Private Equity, Fund of Funds, Mezzanine, Distressed Debt and Capital Markets.

Rimpal is a CFA charter holder and a Chartered Accountant. He is also a member of Hyderabad Angels, a TiE charter member and a mentor at Founder’s Institute.

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Venkat Vallabhaneni

General Partner Parampara Capital

A Serial Entrepreneur and technology evangelist with 25 years of experience in technology and management verticals, Close two decades of experience in USA and 4 years in India. Has built and led teams for some of the Top Fortune 500 companies in USA and India. The Founder CEO for AccurumInc, which was acquired by Kanbayin 2005, later went on to become the Managing Director for Kanbay, now a part of Capgemini.

In his last assignment he was the Senior Vice President for Bank of America heading their Technology vertical, instrumental in setting up the Bank of America Offshore India entity and driving their technology vertical. He was also an investor in Energy Leader Batteries (A leading VRLA battery manufacturer) which successfully exited to an American Multinational.

SachinTummala

Managing Director, Corpus Investment Group

Sachin runs an investment firm Corpus Investment Group (CIG). CIG incubates, invests and help the portfolio companies to scale. As a serial entrepreneur and an Investor had started and funded many companies across three focused verticals IT, Healthcare and Media. Sachin is savvy both technically as well as business wise. He honed his skills working with companies like Silicon Graphics in CA, 3M Imation in Minnesota, Lucent Technologies in Richmond VA, Strait times and charted semiconductors in Singapore. CIG current portfolio consists of software, Media & Ent, Healthcare, eComm and Logistics. Recent investments are DealTV a regional shopatainment Network and a Lastmile Delivery services run by experienced alumni from IIT & ISB.
Sachin has done several start up’s and M&A’s in double digits. His recent transaction is a sale of his financial division based out of NY & London and his mobile division Corpus Mobile Labs in Dallas, TX
He is a distinguished Graduate of the SMU Cox School of Business, Dallas Texas having earned an Executive MBA degree.

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Santanu Paul

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, TalentSprint

Santanu drives overall strategy, growth, and execution at TalentSprint. Under his leadership, TalentSprint won six national and international awards in 2011-2013, and raised capital from the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Nexus Ventures.
From 2003-2008, Santanu worked at Virtusa Corporation as Senior Vice President for Global Delivery Operations, and Head of Indian Operations. From 1999-2003, Santanu worked in Boston as Chief Technology Officer of Viveca and Openpages, both venture-backed technology firms. He began his career in New York as a Research Scientist at the famous IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. His technical work spans more than 20 international papers and 2 United States patents.
Santanu has a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where his academic performance in computer science earned him the prestigious Rackham Doctoral Fellowship, IBM Canada Fellowship, and LaCroute Fellowship.
He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the elite global network of young CEOs, a Distinguished Fellow of IDRBT (set up by RBI) and Adjunct Professor at IIT-Hyderabad. His views and opinions appear often in the national media.

Srini Chandupatla

Co-Founder, Manjeera Digital Systems.

Srini Chandupatla is an angel investor and a serial entrepreneur with more than twenty years of global experience primarily building technology startup businesses. Srini is an experienced strategist, innovator, and a mobile technology expert recognized by TiE Hyderabad. Srini is also the Co-founder and COO of Manjeera Digital Systems based out of India. He was responsible for managing global operations, corporate strategy, business development, product management and delivery teams in multiple mobile startup companies such as Motivity Labs, JP Mobile, Defywire, and Antenna Software. Srini is a mentor and advisor for several emerging technology startup firms.

Srini’s accomplishments include enhancing top line growth, ensuring market profitability, fund raising and acquisitions. Previously, Srini has either worked in or sold to the technology and financial companies such as IBM, Sybase, Research In Motion, Moody’s Investors, Goldman Sachs, and New York Stock Exchange. Srini was the CEO of Innocore Solutions and successfully completed its acquisition.

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Raghuram Lanka

Principal Product Manager, Microsoft Digital India Team

Raghuram Lanka is a Principal Product Manager in the Microsoft Digital India team, focused on building cognitive analytics solutions in Healthcare. His team works with multiple healthcare partners in India on application of machine learning and advanced analytics technologies to unlock new insights in clinical and operational spaces. He has over 13+ years of experience in Software development and product management, in the areas of Mobile, Analytics and Cloud computing. He also co-founded a health-care startup on cancer treatment and patient care management.

He is Scholar of Excellence (Gold medalist) in the Business Analytics Programme, ISB, Hyderabad, a Masters in Computer Science from Univ. of Minnesota, and a Bachelors in Computer Science (Gold medalist) from Osmania University.