Santosh Panda, Founder Explara
Despite his failures at the first two attempts to build a startup Mr. Santosh had a passion that drove him to come back strong to bring a world class ‘Event Platform” system. His startup, “Explara” is a first few event apps that organizes event industry with a DIY platform by bringing ticketing- registration, event communities and event apps in one place.
Deeapa Bachu Co-Founder & CEO at Pensaar
Deepa’s passion is to ease customers’ problems by identifying them and then creating, designing products, finding solutions to match and tailor it to the customers’ needs. She has had over 15 years of experience in the IT industry where she started off by being a software engineer and raised to the level of Innovation and Global Strategy role for Intuit, India.
Today, she is the co-founder and CEO of Pensaar, a consulting firm where she caters to the customers delight by giving solutions, ideas, suggestion and designing expertise through a collaborative and human-centric approach.
Adarsh Natarajan, Founder AIndra Systems
Armed with an experience of more than a decade in multiple companies across various geographies and MBA from IIM Bangalore, Adarsh took the Entrepreneurial plunge. His passion in leveraging deep tech to solve hard human problems, saw him starting Aindra systems.
To realize this vision, Adarsh and his team have created products in the domain of Artificial Intelligence and specifically in the area of Computer Vision. One of their first products was “Drishti – the Mobile Visual Identification and Recognition System”. His firm Aindra systems has done extensive field research and are developing products in Education, Healthcare and Enterprise.
Aindra systems have several products based on Drishti- like Samart Attendence , Smart verify health and are now developing a Point-of-Care cancer detection tool , etc. With this vision they have been selected as the top 10 Artifical – Intelegence based startups in India.
Natwar Maheshwari, Founder Around.io
Around.io is a social media marketing tool for online sellers. Around.io integrates online with social media accounts and helps customers to post on all social media platforms from one place. Customers will not have to upload their images to make posts on any of the social media platforms. Around.io fetches all the product information from their e-commerce shop and gives them prefilled options to share and schedule on social media.
To understand his customers better, Natwar has traveled the length and breadth of USA and interviewed hundreds of customers and gained deep customer insights
ThiyagaRajan M, iSPIRT CoFounder & Fellow, M&A
Thiyagarajan (Rajan) is a member of the founding team at iSPIRT, an industry think tank for promoting the software product industry in India where he heads its M&A program.
Prior to iSPIRT he was the head of product management for Quickbooks India, a Saas accounting product for small business, Rajan also led the Innovation practice at Intuit India earlier. Before working at Intuit he was an entrepreneur & CTO in mobile startup(s).
Rajan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from IIIT -H.
Vinay Katwe, Founder Blynk Media
Vinay being an Entrepreneur with 12+ years of Product development, Sales, and Marketing experience in the corporate world, always wanted to build innovative technology products.
After completing his engineering from the VIT, Bangalore, and MBA from ICFAI, he worked in HP and TATA for about 8 years and decided to step into a Startup journey with Services company SiliconEmbSys, which offers cloud-based mobile application development services to US customers and ran successfully for 2 years. He has a right blend of technology experience and business development experience along with 1 successful start-up experience.
Vinay with his second startup Blynk, is now realizing his passion for product development in B2B / Enterprise space building a SaaS-based business model. Blynk aims at mobilizing hospitality industry. Blynk Creates a common platform connecting guest with OTA, PMS vendors, and POS vendors through Mobile/tablet & TV.
ShivRam Founder, Retail Gurukul
Since founding Retail Gurukul in 2012, Mr. Shivaram, is a much sought after Mentor, Consultant, Speaker, Trainer for Family Run Chain Stores, Single Stores, Online Retailers, Professional Chain Stores, Intl Organisations like PGI, Manufacturers across India and Dubai. He has helped clients from Mumbai to Kolkata, Kota to Lucknow and Delhi to Cochin and Dubai. In Mumbai from Worli to Borivali. Industries include Jewellery, Consumer Durables, Eye Wear, Visual Merchandising, Sportswear, Apparel, Digital Health etc.
Earlier, he was Tanishq’s Head of All India Merchandising, Training and Regional Sales during his decade-long working
Nandakumar is consultant who provides expertise information and experience design strategy, digital service design, digital product design, and usability evaluation. He has 25+ years of expertise in user experience (UX) in global management and marketing communication solutions across a wide range of industries including banking, insurance, mortgage, high-tech (PASS, SASS applications), and telecommunications. He has lead and worked in projects across the US and India
Seshadri Krishnan, Product Executive
Seshadri Krishnan (Sesh) is senior technology services and product executive with more than 20 years of Consulting, Technology Services and Entrepreneurship expertise. Sesh has global experience having led businesses in North America, Europe, South East Asia geographies. He has been involved in start-up eco-system both as an entrepreneur as well as a mentor in the areas of Consumer internet, Online Travel, E-Commerce, Digital marketing and Enterprise SaaS platforms for India and other geographies. He currently runs a startup in the mobile space, Trip38 as a Co-Founder.
Sesh is a charter member with TiE Bangalore and has been actively involved in mentoring startups with TiE as well as TLabs, Morpheus Gang, NASSCOM, Numa, Stanford Ignite and other startup initiatives.
Anirudh Narayan, Growth Hacker | CMO On-Demand
Anirudh is a growth specialist that has helped over 1000 aspiring entrepreneurs and 25 startups in US, Latin America, Africa and Asia with launching their idea, reaching product market fit and scale. His core specialties lie in user acquisition, funnel optimization, growth hacking and business development. Anirudh currently helps entrepreneurs launch and scale their business through boot camps, courses, consulting services and products. His previous gigs involve Growth with Shutterstock. Lean Startup Machine, Rocket Internet. Anirudh is also currently a mentor at Numa, an early stage accelerator in Bangalore. Anirudh personal website here
VijayKumar NRR Founder FounderPassion, The Startup Accelerator
Vijay is the founder of Founders Passion, Entrepreneurial Evangelist, Change Catalyst with Micro, Small and Medium Industries over two decade. His passion for mentoring start-up’s naturally aligned him to work with organsiation’s like NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network) , Native lead Foundation an Organisation which works with Rural Start-ups, Goldman Sachs; 10K Women Entrepreneurs, IIHR, etc.
Vijay’s most recent body of work includes the design, visualization and implementation of an indigenous Start-up Acceleration program with focus on ‘Non-Metro Impact’ Start-Up’s. He has helped Start-up’s to secure Angel Investment. His portfolio includes Agriculture, Education, Electronics, Engineering and Manufacturing, Internet businesses, IT Product/ Services, Outsourcing, Retail, Rural Businesses, Seed Industry.
Head – Partnerships and Events at Tracxn
Abhay is a startup enthusiast, growth consultant, and evangelist. He is currently working with Tracxn, as the Head for Events and Partnerships. Abhay has closely worked with various startups and funds in India and understands the key issues that startups and various ecosystem players face. He is an upcoming author and is a regular columnist for ‘business growth and strategy’ and ‘Small & Medium Enterprises’ section in a few digital publications. His expertise lies in Investment Consulting, Strategic Growth, Fund Raising, and Strategic Alliances.
Prabhuram is a Developing APP and UX for MNC for various projects. Experience in capturing business requirements & validating ideas for Business for 10 years. Hands-on experience on UX for Mobile Prototype. Trained over 100 workshops both in India and Europe
Consulting SMEs companies on Branding, Promotions and Doubling Revenue & Sales Margin
Prabhuram is an author, check out his books:
Manikandan Chidambaram, Mentor and Consultant
Manikandan Chidambaram is a startup evangelist based out of Bangalore. He worked with few leading technology companies in various managerial and techno – commercial roles. Manikandan is a pioneer in product management, marketing, and sales. He is involved in mentoring startups through his venture Laabh Ventures. His vision is to see several product companies worldwide originating from India. He is the Chief Strategy Officer for startup