As a professional, Vaidya Nathan has played a wide variety of roles spanning academic, entrepreneurial, corporate, line, staff and leadership areas. He always enjoys building something ground up and doing it in a different and impactful way. He combines strategic thinking, operational excellence and innovation into everything he does. This combined with insights from the wide range of roles he played puts him in a unique position to bring out creative and impactful outcomes by bringing in concepts and learning from seemingly unrelated areas. Vaidya Nathan has more than 20 years of work experience in diverse areas such as project management, pre-sales, technical consulting, innovation consulting, organization building, and senior leadership.
Mr. Venkat Rangan Co-Founded Market Simplified Inc. in 2007 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rangan co-founded INXS Technologies Ltd., in 2000 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rangan is a chief entrepreneur-in-residence at INXS. He co-founded several startups picking at the loose ends of topics ranging from telecom to multimedia to Wi-Fi. He co-founded Media IPX(SG). Prior to that, Mr. Rangan founded Pacific Multimedia, a multimedia upstart servicing international clients such as Citibank, N.A, Ford, Bharthi. He was a key driver of telemedicine with Arvind Eye Hospital where he started one of the India’s first remote tele-ophthalmology network (ATN) in 1999. Mr. Rangan is a graduate in Business Administration from University of Madras, Chennai.
Kingsley Wood lives in Singapore managing Business Development across APAC for Amazon Web Services. Most recently from Amazon’s Head Quarters in Seattle, where he managed the Business Development of AWS Structured Data services. Based for the past 12 years in the USA, he managed strategic relationships with VMWare, Microsoft, Novell, Citrix, etc. for a variety of software companies including Rational, IBM, Install Shield, Macrovision and Acresso. He has evolved a strong understanding of the IT world, web software architecture, virtualization, cloud computing and related technologies.
Abhay is a Managing Director with Sequoia Capital India. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Abhay was head of Real Estate and Infrastructure investment banking at DSP Merrill Lynch where he led capital raising for the largest Indian companies in these sectors including the largest Indian initial public offering for DLF Ltd. Prior to that, Abhay worked at McKinsey & Co, in Mumbai and Johannesburg. At McKinsey, Abhay worked with a number of leading Indian corporations in the Media and Entertainment and Manufacturing sectors. Abhay received an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay.
Mohit is currently a Managing Director with Sequoia Capital India and serves on the board of Prizm Payments, Comviva, Ujjivan Microfinance, IMI Mobile , Ideacts, Knowlarity Communications and Micromax Mobile. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Mohit served as the Senior Vice President at Bharti Airtel where he helped scale the business from a few states operation into a leading national wireless carrier. Earlier, Mohit co-founded Bright pod, a wireless start-up in the US, by orchestrating a spin off from Ericsson Mobile Systems. Mohit has received an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill and an MSEE from Virginia Tech.
Sachin Kelkar works with Intel’s Software & Services Group based out of Mumbai. His charter include driving Intel’s Sachin has a rich experience working with software enabling & marketing in India and has worked with Microsoft & Citrix in his previous role. Sachin has led an internal start up project in Intel – Project Darpan which went Beta in June 2011.Scale Software Programs for APAC region. This includes engagement with software & content providers, developers & academic community in Asia Pacific region. Sachin has been working with software ecosystem for last 8 years and involved with key Software Go to Market programs for Intel.
Richard Harshman is the Head of ASEAN for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Richard leads the team that helps businesses of all sizes across ASEAN learn about AWS and implement the cloud computing platform, allowing them to save money, accelerate their time to market, and focus on their core business.Richard has over 12 years of experience in sales, channel development and general management in the United States and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Amazon Web Services, Richard held management positions at Akamai Technologies in Sydney, Australia and Singapore.
Richard has lived in Asia Pacific for over 8 years and is currently based in Singapore.
VT is a Managing Director with Sequoia Capital. VT has focused on Consumer, Retail, Healthcare and Energy sectors and has led investments in Genesis Colors, Vasan, Celon Labs and Ind-Barath. VT has worked closely with Paras and Lal Pathlabs and also supported public market investments in Cognizant, Havells and InfoTech. He is on the boards at Vasan, Celon Labs and Lal Pathlabs. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, VT was with McKinsey & Company where he spent 6 years. VT received an MBA from the IIMAhmedabad where he was awarded the Presidents Gold Medal and holds a BS in engineering from BITSPilani.
Kunal is the co-founder and CEO of India’s largest group buying portal, SnapDeal.com.Previously, Kunal co-founded a detergent company in the US while at college which now sells products in 3000 stores in the US. He has also worked at companies such as Deloitte Consulting and Microsoft in the US.
Kunal is an engineer from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a business degree from The Wharton School.
Charles Assisi is the Executive Editor at Forbes India and Editor Forbes Life India. Prior to Forbes, he was the National Business Editor at Times of India and Editor, CHIP at Infomedia. He is the recipient of the Madhu Valluri Award for excellence in technology journalism (2000) and the Polestar Award for excellence in technology journalism (1999). With an MBA in Finance, Charles has a keen interest in technology and its business viability.
Ashay Padwal is the Co-founder at Vserv and spearheads the technology and product development function. An expert in open source technologies,Ashay, in his career spanning over a decade has been instrumental in building and deploying products in the internet and wireless space at enterprises such as Yahoo! and People Infocom (Mauj).
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