Amit Singhal is the person behind Google Search. After re-writing Google in 2001, he runs the core of Google, Google Search from GooglePlex in Mountain View. A world authority in the subject of automatic classification, Amit has been a passionate supporter of budding innovation.
Marco Argenti is the Vice President, Mobile for Amazon Web Services. Prior to Amazon, Mr. Argenti served as SVP, Developer Experience at Nokia Corporation. Marco was born in Italy, where he graduated with a Computer Engineering degree at the University of Pisa. In Italy he started his career as a early Web entrepreneur in 1995. He subsequently moved to Canada where he continued his career as CEO of the e-commerce platform startup Internet Frontier. He then returned to Italy to run a mobile startup, Wireless Solution, and became the CEO of Dada.Net, a multinational Mobile Entertainment company headquartered in Florence. Marco is passionate about technology, is a 5 times marathon finisher and loves to play and collect electric guitars.
Mr. Anil Godhwani is Co-Founder of Simply Hired. and serves as its Advisor and served as its Vice President of People. Mr. Godhwani is the Co-Founder of India Community Center. Mr. Godhwani is an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the software and telecommunications industries. He is the Co-Founder of AtWeb and served as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Prior to AtWeb, he worked in several telecommunications companies, including AT&T and Sprint. He serves as a Director of Avendus Advisors Private Ltd., ALS Therapy Development Institute and as a Member of Advisory Board at India-West Publications,. He holds a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Bharat wears many hats at Basis, including leading the Sales and Marketing teams. Basis is a San Francisco-based wearable tech startup focused on helping people lead healthier lives. Bharat co-founded Basis as a 8-year veteran of the consumer entertainment space, from Electronic Arts. As COO for EA's Online team, Bharat worked alongside EA's amazing creative leads to improve online game experiences and monetize them. Prior to taking an operational role, Bharat led many mergers and acquisitions transactions for EA, working on a global scale, across private and public companies. He began his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse and DLJ in New York. Bharat received a B.A. from Middlebury College and M.I.A from Columbia University. Bharat gets his pulse racing by snowboarding, surfing, playing tennis and navigating San Francisco's gnarly traffic on his bike.
Dr. Shriram Nene
Dr. Nene was born in London, and grew up in the United States. Prior to going to college, he was a software entrepreneur. He did his undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also obtained his Doctorate of Medicine in 1993. He subsequently trained in General Surgery anddid a Vascular Surgical Research Fellowship at the University of California in Los Angeles. He finally completed his training with a fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He was boarded in Thoracic and General Surgery in the United States and practiced as a heart, lung and vascular surgeon in Denver, Colorado. In 2011, he moved to India to make a difference in the lives of others and improve the practice of medicine, worldwide, to international, evidence based standards by empowering the patient and doctor's reach.
Esther Dyson is a former journalist,Wall Street technology analyst and is chairman of EDventure Holdings who is a leading angel investor, philanthropist, and commentator focused on breakthrough efficacy in healthcare, human capital, digital technology, biotechnology, and aerospace. Dyson is currently focusing her career on preemptive healthcare and continues to invest in health technology. Overall, she is fascinated by new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economically and politically). She is also a trained backup cosmonaut.
Gautam runs Simply Hired. Gautam has lots of experience starting startups, and finding great people to help grow them. Prior to Simply Hired, he co-founded the India Community Center to help bring the SF bay area community closer together. Before that, he was CEO and co-founder of AtWeb, an Internet 1.0 company acquired by Netscape/AOL in 1998. AtWeb made a product called Web Site Garage that helped millions of small businesses "tune-up" their websites and register them with all the leading search engines. Before the dot-com era, Gautam worked for several small businesses including HP, IBM, and Microsoft.
Kanwaljit Bombra started his professional career in 2001 with Dell. and has since led program management for the sales and order management functions supporting the Americas region. In addition, Kanwaljit is a founding partner at two highly successful and well acclaimed restaurant concepts in Austin, TX and actively manages all financial aspects of the operation. He is currently working on a growth strategy for Tarka Indian Kitchen, a quick casual Indian concept, with the aim of becoming the first of its kind to establish a truly national footprint.
Kanwaljit attended the Lawry Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University, earning post graduate degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. He currently resides in Austin, TX with his wife and two rapidly growing children!
For fans of Hindi cinema, Madhuri Dixit-Nene needs no introduction. She has starred in over 70 films spanning 30 years and continues to enthrall. She has been on the cover of over 300 magazines, been the recipient of numerous awards including 6 Filmfare awards with 13 nominations, and received the coveted Padmashri (fourth highest civilian award) from the Indian government for performance in the arts. She is known as an accomplished classical Indian dancer and has performed in all forms of dance, worldwide. She recently created an online, gamified Dance Academy called, "Dance with Madhuri" to share her passion for the art. She is very disciplined about her health, diet and exercise and takes great care to balance her lifestyle.
Mahesh Samat comes with over 25 years of experience in Marketing, Sales and General Management with some of the biggest companies and had worked across India, Asia-Pacific and Europe. An Alumni of IIM-Calcutta, he worked with Johnson & Johnson as managing director for southern Europe, based out of London. His last assignment was as Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company India, a position he held for 5 years where he was responsible for managing all the lines of business for Disney including television, films, digital and consumer products.
Prior to that, he worked with Kellogg's, Warner Lambert/Parke-Davis and Boots in India.
Mike McNamara is chief executive officer of Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), a $24B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 end-to-end supply chain solutions company with a global workforce of 200,000 and operations in over 30 countries.
Prior to his current role, Mr. McNamara served as Flextronics' chief operating officer and president of Americas operations. Mr. McNamara joined Flextronics through the Company's acquisition of Relevant Industries,. While there, he served as president and chief executive officer. Other leadership roles Mr. McNamara has held include vice president, Manufacturing Operations at Anthem Electronics and principal and interim vice president of operations at Pittiglio, Rabin, Todd & McGrath. In his early career, Mr. McNamara held a variety of leadership positions at Intel and worked as a production foreman at Ford Motor Company.
Under Mr. McNamara's leadership, Flextronics doubled revenue from $15B in 2006 to over $30B in 2008, and he led the $11B acquisition of Solectron, one of the largest in the industry
Mr. McNamara received a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.
Neeraj Arora is responsible for "all things business at WhatsApp". Hw is an IIT graduate as well as a management graduate from the Indian School of Business, gave up his high profile job managing global M&A at Google to join one of Silicon Valley's hottest starts-ups. Arora served as the principal, corporate development, at Google and before that he was the chief manager at Times Internet Ltd.
Passionately involved with early stage startups in India, Middle East and the US for more than a decade, PK spends majority of his time helping build capacity for budding ecosystems. A serial entrepreneur, tech evangelist and startup mentor, PK has been associated with leading organizations like TiE, Indian Documentary Foundation, IBPC, Dubai Internet City, ADC Telecommunications, PairGain Technologies, TED, Communicate2 and Mobile Monday in various capacities and roles.
Sanjay likes big ideas and enjoys the creative process of bringing them to life. Indix crept up on him after he moved to India after more than two decades in the US. Indix also just happens to be at the intersection of everything that Sanjay is passionate about - art, design, technology, business and social & economic activism. The only thing that's missing is cricket and ManU. More about Sanjay about.me/sanjaypat
Sanjay Vaswaniis the Managing Director of CCI,. CCI develops and conducts ongoing executive forums limited to CEOs, Presidents, and senior executives of major technology and healthcare organizations across the United States. Prior to CCI, Sanjay was at McKinsey & Company,., where he worked with companies in the electronics and healthcare industries. Before that, Sanjay was employed by Intel Corporation. Sanjay serves on the Boards of Brocade Communications Systems; Blue Star Infotech, Ltd. Interplast, a global organization that provides women and children in underserved regions of the world free access to reconstructive surgery; Silicon Valley Community Foundation, one of the nation's largest community foundations; and SFJAZZ. Sanjay holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BBA, from the University of Texas at Austin.
Steve Luczo, Seagate's chairman of the board, was appointed president and chief executive officer in January 2009. This returned Luczo to the president and CEO role he held at Seagate from 1998 to 2004. In October 2013 the company separated the President role and CEO role, with Luczo continuing to serve as Chairman and CEO.
Luczo was elected chief executive officer and appointed as a member of Seagate's board of directors in 1998, later becoming chairman of the board in June 2002. The company separated the roles of chairman and CEO in July 2004, with Luczo continuing to serve as chairman of Seagate's board of directors.
Previously, Luczo was president and chief operating officer with overall operating responsibility for Seagate's disc drive development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, component and quality organizations. Luczo joined Seagate in 1993 as senior vice president of corporate development. He was responsible for a number of strategic acquisitions and equity investments for Seagate, including the company's merger with Veritas in 2000, which resulted in the privatization of the company.
Prior to joining Seagate, Luczo spent 10 years in investment banking. During this period, Luczo acted as an advisor to Seagate on numerous transactions.
Luczo received an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, after completing his undergraduate work at Stanford University, where he received his BA degree in Economics and Psychology. In addition, Luczo is very active in philanthropic endeavors, and is passionate about sports and the creative arts. He is a member of the Microsoft Corporation Board, the World Wildlife Foundation Board, All-Stars Helping Kids Advisory Board and Silicon Valley Education Foundation Advisory Board. In 2012, Luczo was ranked 21st on Fortune Magazine's Top 50 Businesspersons of the Year. Luczo was also named the tech's top turnaround artist for 2013 by Bloomberg.
Taher is an early stage investor in India and the US, and actively works with his companies to help them grow. He is the founder and CEO of MeemAin Capital Advisors, an ethical investment advisory firm that works with family offices to build and manage long term diversified portfolios with an ethical focus. Prior to his founding MeemAin, Taher was VP of Strategic Services at Realization Technologies, a leading provider of execution management solutions. He led the sales and implementation of the High Tech, IT, Engineering practices' for Realization. He has a Masters from UCLA in Management and a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Vijay Vashee, a genial technocrat and a philanthropist, began his career with Microsoft Corporation in 1982. During his 19 years at Microsoft Corporation, he held various positions in marketing, program management, and general management and is credited with successfully achieving significant milestones for several key Microsoft Products. He currently works at Cronus Ventures, LLC. Through this experience, he offers a unique perspective to enterprise software product development and their rollout in Fortune 500 companies. Vijay serves on the Board of directors and is a key investor in several technology start-ups engaged in development of enterprise software, application servers, and user software development.
S. Somasegar is the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. Somasegar is responsible for developer tools and services, including the programming languages and runtimes designed for a broad base of software developers and development teams, the Visual Studio line of products and services, and the .NET Framework. His team also owns the MSDN online service that enables a deep connection with the Microsoft developer audiences. In addition, Somasegar is responsible for the Cloud and Enterprise business's Global Development Centers in China, India, and Israel, and he is the executive sponsor for these centers for all of Microsoft.
Somasegar joined Microsoft in 1989 and contributed to eight releases of Windows before leading Developer Division. Somasegar holds a master's degree in computer engineering from Louisiana State University and a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from Guindy Engineering College, Anna University in Chennai, India.
In 2006, Somasegar was awarded an honorary doctorate from Anna University. In 2008, he was presented the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award.
Somasegar lives in the Seattle area. He and his wife have two daughters.
Rajan Anandan is an active angel investor in early stage technology companies.Rajan invests in early stage technology companies and has invested in internet, mobile and software startups in India. Rajan brings a deep understanding of technology, a track record of investing in many sectors across technology, first hand experience working closely with founding teams of startups and leading and growing several large technology businesses in US and India.
Rajan has invested in over 45 technology startups in India as an angel investor (https://angel.co/rajan-anandan). He is also the co-founder of Blue Ocean Ventures (http://bov.lk/), the first seed fund in Sri Lanka. Blue Ocean started investing in 2012 and has made over 10 investments in Sri Lanka.
Rajan's career has spanned high technology and management consulting. Rajan is currently a Vice President of Google, Inc. In his current role Rajan is the Managing Director of Google India and is responsible for Google's operations in India.
Prior to Google, Rajan was the Managing Director of Microsoft in India. In this role Rajan was responsible for leading the Sales Marketing and Services Group (SMSG) in India and led the largest software company in India.
Prior to Microsoft, Rajan was a Vice President with Dell and held several global leadership roles. He started as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO Michael Dell and then held several global roles including leading a large part of Dell International Services (Dell's global offshoring operations) and being the VP and Country General Manager of Dell India.
Rajan started his career with McKinsey & Company was a Partner with McKinsey till 2003. At McKinsey, Rajan was based in the Chicago office and he worked with Fortune 500 companies in the US.
Rajan has an MSc. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University and a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Deepak I. Shahdadpuri
Deepak I. Shahdadpuri is the Founder and Managing Director of DSG Consumer Partners ("DSGCP") and has over 15 years of private equity experience. Before DSGCP, Deepak co-founded BCP Advisors, managers to the Beacon India Private Equity Fund ("BIPEF") with AUM of US$320 million, where Deepak continues to be a Managing Director and has responsibility for management of the BIPEF portfolio. Prior to that, Deepak was Managing Director at consumer focused private equity fund GEM India, a Principal at Reuters Venture Capital and worked with Bain & Company and Ernst & Young in London. Deepak currently serves on the board of Baker's Circle, Bhayana Builders, Impresario, Exito Gourmet, Indostar Capital Finance, Mswipe Technologies, Remy Sula India, Saffronart, Sula Wines and Veeba Food Services. Deepak is also on the strategic advisory board of Magic Bus India, a non-profit organization helping develop underprivileged children through sports, and on the advisory board of Dawn Capital, a UK focused Venture Capital Fund. Deepak is an active angel investor focusing primarily on investments in the consumer sector. Deepak has an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD, a LLB (Hons) from King's College London and a FCA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Vijay Shekhar Sharma aged 37 years, is the founder & CEO of One97 /Paytm- one of India's largest growing mobile Internet & mobile commerce company.
Vijay also invests in early stage mobile Internet startups from his company's One97 Mobility Fund. An avid admirer of great design, Vijay believes his ultimate moment is yet to arrive. He says, and that too with a straight face, if not in his current job, he would have been singing along with Bono.
DSG Consumer Partners ("DSGCP") is an investment company focusing on identifying, selecting and investing in consumer businesses. DSGCP will primarily take minority equity positions in unlisted companies but will consider control deals with the right management team. DSGCP has the flexibility to provide capital for growth and to provide liquidity to founders and shareholders via secondary transaction. The founders have built a track record of investing for the long term with an investment horizon of 6 to 10 years and have backed leading brands since 2004 including Sula Wines, Saffronart, Cleartrip, Bakers Circle, Mocha, Salt Water Café and Smoke House Restaurants.
New Enterprise Associates
New Enterprise Associates (NEA) is a global venture capital firm. NEA focuses on a variety of investment stages, ranging from seed stage through growth stage. NEA invests across a broad array of industry sectors. With over $18 billion in AUM, NEA ranks as the world's largest venture capital firm.
Ilkka Paananen is the CEO and co-founder of Supercell, the Helsinki-based mobile games developer behind Clash of Clans and Hay Day. In October 2013 Japanese companies Softbank and GungHo acquired 51 % of the company for a reported $1.5 billion. IIkka has been an entrepreneur in the games industry since 2000.
Pravin Gandhi is a Managing Partner in SEED FUND, an early stage fund launched in 2006. He is also a Managing Partner of Infinity Venture Fund, an early stage fund launched in year 1999-2000. With operational & management experience spanning 30 odd years, he was one of the early IT entrepreneur having promoted Hinditron in 1972 and a successful IPO in 1988.
The Great Wall Club (GWC) is an industry trade organization focused on the rapidly growing mobile internet market and is dedicated to building an influential platform for CEOs in the mobile Internet market. GWC is the leading CEO network-based industry trade organization purely focused on mobile Internet. Senior executives in the leading mobile Internet organizations in China and abroad join GWC to help them understand what are the best practices to lead their company in this rapidly growing mobile Internet market. Through a member-based service, GWC seeks to develop a more innovative and competitive landscape in the mobile Internet industry through conferences, executive trips, reports.
Cheetah Mobile Inc is a Chinese mobile Internet company headquartered in Beijing, China. It is best known as the developer of the Battery Doctor, Clean Master, Duba Anti-virus, and for purchasing QuickPic Gallery from the original developer. It has more than 395.4 million monthly active users as of December 2014.