Krishna was part of the original Lightbox team, having joined Sandeep since the Sherpalo days. As a thought partner to the founders, he drives performance at the portfolio companies by tracking and benchmarking their key operating drivers against peers, as well as supports exit planning and execution. He has been investing in the Indian startup sector for the last six years. He loves to meet teams that leverage technology to bring new business models to markets.
Trained at IIT and battle hardened at start-ups in the US, he returned to India to get an MBA from the Indian School of Business. He worked at Tata Teleservices where he was instrumental in setting up new lines of business (M2M communications and Mobile Healthcare). He also executed distribution partnerships with HCL and HUL to expand company’s footprint for data and voice businesses.
Prior to joining Tata Tele, Krishna was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group where he advised clients in developing strategy & execution.
Sandipan Chattopadhyay is the CEO of Xelpmoc, a leading incubator for start-ups. Mr. Chattopadhyay served as the Chief Technology Officer of Just Dial Limited until December 31, 2015. He has 15 years of experience in the field of technology. He was associated at E Dot Solutions India Private Limited. Mr. Chattopadhyay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Management from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
QUOTE: “The usage grew because our data and data capacity grew, and our search improved. We just listened to the market. We developed the confidence in the team that we knew the system, that we knew technology better than anyone asking us what they want. And we could translate that want to a need, and build for that need.”
Xelpmoc works to build solutions for the next 500 million. Kolkata-based Mihup was started with a motive to create voice-based input/output systems for the mobile users who can’t confidently read or write.
MD, EFI India
Sam (Samir) Gulve has over 31 years of diverse, global technology industry experience. During his career, Sam has held various senior management positions at world-renowned companies such as Amdocs, AT&T Bell Labs, Avaya, Netscape, SSA, and Spice Group as well as, at highly successful startups such as Kiva Software, Calico Commerce, Visual Insights and Shakti Systems.
Sam is currently Global VP of Engineering and Managing Director of India at EFI Inc. where he is currently focused on driving innovation and in delivering a diverse portfolio of products. Before EFI, Sam was Managing Director for Spice Group, a diversified business covering handsets, retail, applications and value added services for mobile markets across Africa, Middle East and SE Asia. Prior to that Sam was Chairman & Managing Director for Avaya India.
During his career, Sam has held key leadership roles in diverse functional areas including General Management, R&D, Engineering, Sales, Strategy and Operations. With over two decades in North America with global responsibilities and last 11 plus years in India.
Sam has won several industry recognitions in both continents and a few years ago, was chosen as one of the most influential technology leaders in India by a large peer group of technology leaders in Asia.
Sam is passionate about mentoring young leaders in realizing their full potential. Sam is engaged hands-on in applying Deep Learning and Predictive Analytics technologies to a variety of domains including manufacturing, printing and packaging. Sam is also involved in advising a number of technology startups.
Raghu is a seasoned general manager and business leader with over 18 years of experience in seeding, growing and scaling businesses. Prior to Voonik, Raghu spent 11 years at Amazon, where he most recently he led Amazon's Seller Fulfilled Business. Prior to that Raghu led the Product team that launched Amazon.in Marketplace and helped scale the business to more than 1+billion dollars by building largest selection of products and sellers through a self service sales channel. Raghu also led product management team to launch Junglee.com and helped it scale to the biggest comparison shopping site in India. Prior to that Raghu launched suite of products under Amazon Payments for Amazon US and Europe. he also worked at Infosys technologies as a Technical Architect for 7 years. He did his MBA from Indian School of Business Hyderabad.
CEO and MD, Lenovo India
Over 20years, experience in leading global and Indian business and marketing functions
Globally: As the global head of marketing communications for Lenovo from 2007 -2010, led the worldwide marketing communication, market research, product launches & analytics and reported to the global CMO. Built the marketing team based out of the global marketing hub in Bangalore which created and rolled out global marketing campaigns as well as localized work for 60+ countries. Earlier experience includes leading the consumer PC launch project for Asia Pacific for Lenovo in 2006 and Launching the software range in Singapore and Malaysia for IonIdea.
India: Leading Lenovo India's business since July 2015. Headed the commercial business from 2010 to June 2015.From 2005 to 06, as the CMO for Lenovo India, launched the Lenovo brand. Joined IBM in 2001 as marketing manager for India and after 2.5 years, ran the India P&L of the PC business.
Have an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1996) and a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) from Delhi University (1994)
CFO, Janaadhar (India) Pvt. Ltd
Senior finance professional with over 35 years experience after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1982.
Working experience cuts across the telecoms, media, infrastructure & financial services sectors. In these industries I have variously played several roles including controllership, finance & treasury, strategic finance, M&A & Corporate Governance. In some of my roles I have had the opportunity to build the organization from ground up including building, training and motivating large groups of skilled professionals.
In the above several roles I have successfully dealt with international & domestic financial markets (having raised capital in these markets) and articulated the vision & strategy of the Company to the public markets through interactions with the media and the financial community.
I possess excellent cross functional capabilities having at various times provided leadership to Secretarial, Information Technology, Customer Services and the Commercial functions. I briefly headed a Broadband business with P&L responsibility.
My key personal strengths are, integrity, functional skill sets, ability to work with and build teams and motivate people and implement the broader vision of the organization. I have worked companies such as L&T, RPG Group, BPL Mobile, Star, Aircel (Maxis, Malaysia) and Bennett, Coleman.
Currently CFO at Janaadhar, a fledgling affordable housing enterprise, that seeks to positively impact the housing needs of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) segments of Indian society.
Specialties: Have been a part of several start up operations. Keen understanding of technology, particularly in broadband and mobile telephony. Have worked on M&A transactions and negotiations with network equipment suppliers. Familiar with both old and new media businesses. Served as an independant director and chaired Audit committees in listed companies.