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Anand was most recently Chief Product Officer @ Snapdeal, one of India’s pre-eminent e-commerce players. Previously, he served as CPO at Bharti Airtel, the #3 mobile operator globally with 300M subscribers, as Senior Director of Search and Mobile for Yahoo, and as Director of Product at Openwave. He co-founded Aeroprise Inc, which became the most-deployed solution worldwide for mobile service management, raised $7M in funding and was acquired by BMC Software. Anand holds a M.S. from Stanford University. In 2010, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Anand served as Venture Advisor at Storm Ventures, a $500M VC firm and is an angel investor in over 15 private companies with investments in about 20 companies across consumer internet, marketplaces, security, SaaS and hardware.
Co-founder, CEO of Y Media Labs
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ashish sets the strategic direction of Y Media Labs, which now has more than 210 employees across six offices. Y Media Labs was recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 50 Most Promising Companies in 2015. He is very passionate about technology and is an early adopter of all things tech. He has helped companies like Apple, Paypal, Facebook, Home Depot amongst other Fortune 500 companies, develop innovative solutions with a mobile first outlook. Ashish graduated from Purdue University as an electrical engineer and lives in the Bay Area with his wife and son.
Founder and CEO of IndiaMART.com
Dinesh is the founder and CEO of IndiaMART.com, the world’s second largest B2B marketplace. He is credited with leading IndiaMART.com to profitability during the dotcom bust, 9/11 and economic turmoil. A vigorous advocate of Indian SMEs, Dinesh has changed the way companies of small and medium sizes conduct business. He has been featured by The Economic Times, CNBC, and BusinessWorld magazine. Prior totaking a plunge into entrepreneurship, this Computer Engineer from HBTI, Kanpur worked with industry leaders such as HCL Technologies (America), Center for Development of Telematics (C-Dot) and CMC Limited before returning to India.
Director and Founder of M&S Growth Partners
Based in Singapore and known as the “Super Angel from Japan”, Hiro is an active investor in the mobile internet space in the U.S, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Africa. He advises companies on everything from management, operations, marketing and global expansion, to IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. In the past year, he invested in 30+ companies in India. Previously, he spent 16 years working in various senior roles for Hikari and served as a Vice President of Nomura Securities. Hiro holds a B.A from Keio University and an MBA from Duke University.
Founder, GSF India
Rajesh is the founder of GSF, India’s leading multi-city Tech Accelerator for the brightest tech startups in India.GSF provides tech startups mentorship from celebrated digital founders, initial capital and global exposure. At GSF, Rajesh is architecting the vital building blocks of a nascent early stage startup ecosystem in India.
Rajesh has made over 20 investments as an active and engaged angel investor, which include Viki (acquired by Rakutan for USD 225M), Little Eye Labs (acquired by Facebook), Mobstac, Pokkt, Silverpush, Hackerearth, Browntape, Overcart, Flinto and Timesaverz.
Rajesh is the host and curator of the two leading Tech/Startup conferences in Asia: #WhereDoWeGoNow in Bangalore and Global Superangels Forum in New Delhi.
His journey has been a continuum of re-invention waves. He brought private radio (Times FM) to India in the early nineties, redefining Indian youth culture. He was at the cusp of early Internet culture in India in the early 2000, building Indiatimes.com, the most valuable Internet business in India in 2005 (funded by Sequoia). Subsequently, Rajesh as the founding President of Reliance Entertainment, was at the center of a massive transformation of the Indian film industry, where he oversaw the corporatization of mom and pop Bollywood businesses into a multi-billion dollar industry. He oversaw the biggest investment deal (Dreamworks) between Hollywood and Bollywood.
Rajesh serves on the boards of Microland, Neilsoft, Indiamart, Reliance Broadcast Network, Live Media, and Autowale. He also advises Trident Capital, a prominent venture firm based in Palo Alto, California.
Rajesh is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (AMP), and has a fellowship from the London School of Economics.
Founder, GSF India
Founder of Utopia Mobile (Matrix funded) and Woo
Sumesh is an innovator in mobile applications that focuses on growth and monetization for social networks. His career spans over a decade in marketing with a keen affinity for technology – both mobile and internet. With a strong conviction of using technology to address consumer and market needs, he has dedicated a major part of his career to telecom value added services. Over the years, he has built strong links in the telecom industry across the globe. He has a proven record of turning around stagnant products and services and putting them on a dynamic growth path.