Mentors

Google Launchpad Mentors are carefully selected experts in their field and reviewed by our Mentors from previous Launchpad events and a committee of Googlers. We do have mentors in the area of Product Strategy, User Experience and User Interface, Technology and Go-to-Market/Marketing.

UI / UX Day

Rana Chakrabarti

 

 

Designer at SAP

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Rana is a self-taught designer since 2007. In his previous lives he has handled turnkey projects for Siemens for five years, written code for SAP for seven years, handled events for a friend and deejayed professionally. As a software engineer his experience spanned the automotive, aerospace and defence, manufacturing and supply chain management industries. As a designer at SAP he currently spans design research, systems thinking, narrative craft, interaction and service design, apart from facilitation for corporates, non-profits and startups. His role models are Frank Gehry, Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive. He is a student of family constellation and aikido. He blogs to clear his head at medium.com/@rana

 Muthukumar Rajamani

Agile-UX Lead for Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco

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Muthu is a passionate UX Designer, User Researcher and an Agile UX Coach based out of Bangalore, India. He has 17 years experience designing simple and usable software.

Muthu has designed enterprise and consumer applications at Cisco Systems, WebEx, Sun Microsystems, Honeywell etc.,

Muthu holds a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication and enjoys sculpting and sketching.

Jayawant Tewari

UX Design / Strategy / Direction at Google

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Jayawant has 10 years' experience designing effective, engaging, and elegant user experiences for top companies.

Rich portfolio comprising innovative interfaces designed for both consumers and enterprise solution users, and deployed across multiple industries, technologies, and devices.

Seasoned individual contributor with demonstrated capabilities in product innovation + problem solving, interaction + visual design, content strategy, information visualization, usability testing + user research, and in general, delivering designs that are great for businesses and users alike.

 

Sagar Chugh

User Experience Specialist/ Product Manager 

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Sagar has over 14 years of international experience in innovation, product development, R&D and user experience design.
Experienced in leading and strategizing in the areas of User experience, consulting and user research in the enterprise and consumer software industry.

Shama Rasal

 Head of Design

Tally Solutions Pvt Ltd

 

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Shama is an experience designer, product strategist, IoT enthusiast, working mother, and gypsy@heart. Taking a concept from an idea to an awesome product is her favorite vocation. Extremely passionate about mobile and tangible experiences, she has designed products across devices and platforms for more than 100 millions users globally.
she is an enthusiast, who is super-excited about newer products that are changing the way we live, at an unimaginable pace

Nakul Kumar

Interaction Designer at Google

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Pritam Pebam

                                           

Internation Designer at Google

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Soham Mondal

Founder and CEO at Triveous

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Soham is the founder of the mobile startup Triveous, where he has created Skyro, an android audio recording app. The app has over 400,000 downloads and has been featured on the play store. He specialises in UI/UX and has also worked with startups like Khoslalabs, Novopay, Hiree, Farmily, SpottedbyLocals and others. He is also an organiser with Blrdroid, one of the largest android groups in the world.

 

Arnab Banerjee

 

   

Interaction Designer at Google

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Sharad Baliyan

Design Lead, Consumer Group - Adobe Systems

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Specialties:Design Research & its translation into products or services, Interaction Design, Developing engaging user experience's, systems conceptualization and development, tinkering with social interaction.

 Kishore Kumar

Interaction Designer at  Google 

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Kishore is an Interaction designer at Google on the Android team and a startup enthusiast. He was previously associated agencies like IDEO and Designit and companies like Adobe, crafting products that have over a billion installations .

Vivian Gomes

Strategic Leader:Human Centered Design / UX Mentor

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Vivian is a Human Centered Design and User Experience practical thought leader with a successful track record of over two decades of hands-on HCD/UX implementations.

Strategic HCD/UX director on board leading organisations towards institutionalisation of Human Centered Design (HCD) and User Experience (UX) ;practical/effective training, defining roles, operations, processes & standards, team structure, auditing HCD/UX requirements and formalizing tangible ROI driven products, services & customer solutions. Leading strategic leadership from vision, planning, project budgeting, team retention programs, global liaison with UX/HCD professionals, specialists, setting up research labs, defining guidelines involving multi disciplinary teams.His current responsibilities include setting up teams, handling vendors, suppliers and partners across the globe and executing small to extensively large projects, mentoring organisations towards institutionalization of a process driven HCD/UX assertivelycreating a HCD/UX culture. Playing the role of a mentor & key collaborator across multiple stakeholders towards in a variety of industries including Healthcare (Patient Centered Design), Consumer Electronics, Mobile, Enterprise IT/Mobile solutions, IT Services, Big Data, BI, Cloud, Government, Defence, GIS,Oil & Gas, Networking, Retail & Entertainment back by an efficient team.Extensive international research experience in USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, China, Singapore & South Africa. 

Vandana Abraham

 

VP, Design Studio at [24]7, Inc.

Vandan is a Senior Director at [24]7 Design Studio in Bangalore. Formerly head of design at July Systems. Over 18 years in user experience design for mobile consumer applications & business platforms, and product strategy development. Built and mentored software product design teams, set up their user research practice, cross platform design standards & usability benchmarking processes.

Dushyantsinh Jadeja

Program Manager - Developer Relations

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Accomplished Business & Technology Professional with 7+ years of experience in leading business strategy, alliance/partner management, product marketing, application store ecosystem, online marketing and program management with teams of different sizes targeting Global and APAC markets.

Kaushik Ghosh

UX Lead Cloud Business Applications at Cisco

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Kaushik has over 12 years of experience in the industry in User Experience Design, Contextual Design, User Research & Ethnography in the field of strategic design research & innovation for IT & Communication products & services. Some of the major projects were handled for Media Lab Asia (Media Lab MIT), HP Labs Asia, Hewlett Packard, Intel Research & Microsoft Research.
Kaushik also has extensive experience in software product development in financial doamin across the spectrum of banking, Insurance, mortgage & equity. He has also provided strategic consultancy to clients like HSBC, RBS & Westpac Bank Australia.

Kranti M

Mentor | Entrepreneur | Digital Strategist | UX Evangelist

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Serial entrepreneur. Experienced mentor, worked with 40+ startups. Areas of expertise are the intersection of UX and marketing. 

Product Day

 

 

Amit Bansal

                                   

Entrepreneur at Start-Up

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 A seasoned professional and entrepreneur. 
7 years of start-up experience across 2 ventures with PurpleLeap delivering direct learning solutions to tens of thousands of engineering students across India by leveraging cutting edge technologies; and 10 years of corporate experience across consumer sales, product management and marketing for consumer and enterprise technology products across India and North America. 

Girish Ramachandra

 

Founder & CEO at Shopalyst

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Vinoo Chacko

                                   

General Manager, Cleartrip

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Vinoo Chacko serves as a General Manager at Cleartrip, driving new product initiatives in the travel business. Earlier he was the CEO and co-founder of WhistleTalk, a Hyderabad Angels funded startup. He is an alumnus of ISB, Hyderabad and is passionate about SaaS, web and mobile startups.

Shankar Viswanathan

Director - Product Development

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 Development of enterprise products and industry solutions at Cognizant. Supply Chain, CRM, Salesforce.com, etc.
Principal Consultant at Infosys Ltd. Focussing on Pre-Sales for the Oracle Retail Practice.

7 years at Oracle, 1 year at Cisco systems, 2 years at IBM Global Services.
Education: M.S. in Industrial Management from IIT Madras; M.Sc. (Statistics) from IIT Kanpur

Specialties: Product Management, Pre-Sales and Product Marketing, Supply Chain Management (Purchasing, Sourcing, Inventory), Business Intelligence

Shrinath V

      

Product management & marketing consultant | Product management trainer | Director - Strategy Consulting | Startup Mentor

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 I consult in the fields of product management, product marketing, corporate marketing, & strategy for technology companies. I also mentor/coach teams & startups on product lifecycle process. I have been a sounding board to many startups looking to hone their idea or their go-to-market plans.

I spend about 10% of my time mentoring/working with non-profits. I am a certified Master Blackblot Product Management Professional and a Blackblot trainer.

Mahesh Subramanian

                                   

Co-Founder and Director at StrmEasy

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Nidhi Gupta

                                   

Product manager at Google

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 Product Management Expertise 

Run Product Reviews, Business Case justifications
Conceptualize and Launch Products
Evangelize ideas and products, product mocks and MVP (Minimum viable product)
- Product Pivots
- Competitive Analysis
- User research, focus groups
- Product Design
- Feature Definitions, prioritization and roadmap
- Define and track Product Metrics
- Engineering Feasibility 
- Agile development 

Leadership and Teamwork
Show the vision and product path to Engineering as well as Execs and leaders
Passionately drive product concepts to execution and delivery
Listen to users, engineers, architects and product intuition

Ganga Kumar

  

Product guy at Helion Ventures

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Ganga serves as head of product at Helion Advisors

Sudhir Anandrao

Entrepreneur in Residence at Bessemer Venture Partners

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Sudhir Anandarao is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Bessemer Venture Partners. He specializes in consumer internet, enterprise software, digital health and healthcare delivery, retail/e-commerce, marketplaces (online to offline, on-demand), analytics, machine learning and cloud company investments.

He currently advises Bessemer’s India portfolio companies, including Big Basket, Medi Assist, Anunta and Hungama. 

He comes with over 18 years of general management experience at Yahoo!, MicroStrategy and VitalSpring Technologies; built top performing product, sales, marketing, and engineering teams in the US/India, prudently managed P&L, and contributed in excess of $200M revenues.

Sudhir graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a M.S and the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai with a B.Tech. 

Tech Day 

 

 Dr. Srikanth Sundararajan

Venture Partner - Helion Advisors

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Dr. Srikanth has 25+ years of international experience in the software product and services space. He has worked at HP, Informix, and was part of the executive leadership team at HCL, the world wide CTO at Cognizant and the COO at Persistent. He had also successfully founded his own start up, Pretzel Logic Software Inc., which was subsumed into BEA, now Oracle.He is also a visiting faculty of computer science at IIT Bhubaneswar and has taught at several US universities. He also serves on national committees on technical education, an initiative of MHRD,India.Currently he is a Venture Partner with Helion Advisors, an India focused fund to help technologyfocused start-ups looking to go global from India.He holds a B Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a MS/PhD in Computer and Information Sciences from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He has several publications and is the holder of patents, jointly with HP and BEA.

Amrit Sanjeev

 

Program Manager - Google

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Amrit  works at Google as a program manager and is part of Developer Relations Team in India . He is also a Google Developer Expert for Android Platform and have been actively working with various developer communities in India.

Kamal Govindraj

Director of Software Engineering-Acceletrade

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Kamal is the Director of Software Engineering at  Acceletrade Technologies , working on building a ultra low-latency HFT platform. 
Prior to that worked as an Architect with Flipkart's Seller Platform team. Played a key role in revamping the platform powering Flipkart's market place.
Provided design and architecture consulting to many startups - Redbus, Wooqer, CrowdAnalytics, iStream etc.

Saurabh Chandra

 

Head of IT Apps at Flipkart

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Saurabh is heading the “Apps" portfolio for FlipKart. He has relocated from Bay Area and has also worked extensively in UK & Phillipines. He has worked with and helped companies establish their R&D centres’ - DRDO, Oracle, CA Technologies. He was also heading one of the BU’s for the world's largest bank - J P Morgan Chase. His experience cuts across varied functions & domains - i.e. R&D, IT & Engineering, Data Science, Strategy, Sales, Product Management & Investment Banking. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and academician - i.e. Angle investor, Founder of 3 companies, Author of 2 best sellers on technology published by McGraw Hill, owner of 3 patents and author of 4 international research papers on technology. Currently, he is on the board of 3 start up’s, on the advisory for few incubators across India & UK and is a "Tech Mentor" for Google Incubators & NASSCOM. Visiting Professor to India's top most & Tier 1 Engineering and B-Schools. He is an alumnus of BITS and IIM Lucknow.

Mustafa Ali

 

 

Android Architect  - Mututal Mobile

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Mustafa is a Google Developer Expert for Android has been building apps since its early days. He has worked on apps ranging from banking and contact-less payments to video streaming. He is passionate about user experience and building apps that securely handle user data.

At Mutual Mobile, Mustafa helps build breakthrough products using emerging technologies for companies like ESPN.

Mani Doraisamy

 

Co-Founder- Guesswork.co

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Mani is a hands-on technology architect and has been building middlewares ranging from rule engines to machine learning products for 15 years.
He is the founder of Guesswork – a vertical machine learning service that focuses on mining customer information. He also co-founded OrangeScape and created Kissflow - the top workflow app on Google Apps Marketplace.
Before that, Mani was the Technical Lead for Selectica Foundation Services, which was acquired by Accenture.

Krishna SL

Chief Technology Officer - Divum Corporate Services 

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Tech savvy entrepreneur who has a passion to execute any innovative startup idea and always looking out for new ideas which can significantly change people's lives. Have successfully enabled three startups from scratch on the tech front over the last 4 years and counting..

Programming Languages and Tech Skills:

[1] Web Technologies

[2] iOS/Android/Windows Programming

[3] Amazon Web Services/Google Cloud tools

[4] Backend Technologies like Laravel/Rails

Anand Rangarajan

Engineering Director, Bangalore Site Lead at Google

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Anand joined Google in California in 2008 and worked in Enterprise, Gmail Ads and YouTube in Mountain View before moving to Bangalore in Aug 2013. In prior life, he has spent ~10 years designing, coding, and managing teams working in various aspects of Computer Networking. He fondly remembers the day when his startup Sahasra Networks was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor. He keeps in touch with his B.Tech classmates from IIT Madras and Masters friends from Stanford University. He enjoys playing chess, running, word puzzles, sanskrit and listening to indian classical music. His wife and he like spending time with their 2 startups aged 6 and 3.

Anuja Shukla

Technical Lead at Google

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A technocrat with double masters in MBA (Mumbai University) and Masters in Computer Science 
(North Carolina State University, USA) with rich experience in cross-functional areas, including business and IT strategy , international work experience with Microsoft (USA) . 
A good understanding of change management and the organizational impacts of changes in IT .
Team player with strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
Currently, working with Google as Google Cloud Platform evangelist for Global SI's .
Specialties: Cloud Computing Strategies, IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, Virtualization,Social Engineering, Microsoft Dynamics CRM/ERP ,SAP Retail

Srinivasan (Vasan) Subramaniun

CTO at Accel Partners

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Srinivasan (Vasan) works at Accel Partners as the CTO. His charter is to mentor startups in technology areas, with a special focus on best practices in web-technologies and scaling. Vasan is a technologist who has had a long career building software products. He has worked in a few startups himself prior to Accel. He was the co-founder and CTO at Insta Health Solutions, where he headed the development of a SaaS based HMS for customers in India, Gulf and Africa. Before founding Insta Health Solutions, Vasan was the engineering head of NetContinuum, a Bay Area based startup which built one of the first Web Application Firewalls in the industry. NetContinuum was acquired by Barracuda Networks in 2007. He has also worked at Corel Corporation, Wipro Technologies and TVS Technologies (Bangalore). Vasan holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication from IIT Madras

Vishnu Govind 

Product Evangelist at Divum Corporate Services

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Vishnu has over 8 years of experience in the IT industry, He has developed expertise in prototyping an idea and release 1.0 of the product. Nothing excites me more than solving the challenges in releasing the first version of any product. 

At present, he is also evaluating the opportunities as an angel investor in Tech startups, based in Bangalore, India. 

Go To Market

 

Santosh Bhat

Data Sciences/Analytics and Digital Marketing Leader

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 15+ years of experience in a variety of leadership roles of which the last 10 years have been in different areas of Analytics (Marketing, Business analytics, Supply Chain, Predictive analytics and Machine learning) and Digital Marketing.

Analytics and CRM across different verticals working on dirty and big Data.
Digital marketing strategy including the end to end management of one of India's largest tech portal.
CRM and Database management/marketing
Product development of two critical product platforms
Mentoring startups on Digital marketing and Go-to-market strategies
Enterpreneur in the home health care domain (from Sept 2013)

Over the years, I have managed large teams, both direct as well as partner/vendor teams, working on both strategies as well as operations.

Alok Anand

Head Of Marketing at Polycom, India and SAARC

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 Strong credentials in Product and Solutions marketing. Proven track of demand creation by helping companies understand the business value of technologies. Strength in building strong customer relations with an ability to connect with different levels of stakeholders within an organization combined with the understanding of complex technologies to create the right appeal to widespread audience from implementer to C-suite executives.


An effective team player, a hands-on manager and a business leader who can play a strategic role in running a successful business.

Ravi Padaki

Founder, Pravi Solutions

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I run an Innovation, Design and Marketing consultancy for anyone looking to build superior digital experiences or upgrade organizational capabilities. My consulting focus areas are digital banking, mobile payments, education and retail. Through my highly customized workshops and mature frameworks, my clients have been able to create new products, launch, enter new markets and scale them further. 

I have a proven background in creating new software products and taking them to product market fit. I have a keen eye on design and consider designing awesome experiences as a major differentiator. 

Pallav Nadhani

Co-founder of FusionCharts

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Building FusionCharts and Collabion. Contributing to the Indian Product ecosystem through angel investing and mentoring!

FusionCharts helps 23,000+ enterprises and 500,000+ customers, across 118 countries, build JavaScript/HTML5 data visualizations for their Web & Mobile applications. @ www.fusioncharts,com
Collabion helps enterprises running Microsoft SharePoint to get more out of their SharePoint! The first product, Collabion Charts for SharePoint, allows business users build interactive dashboards within SharePoint, without having to go to IT! @ www.collabion.com

Looking to partner with other companies focussed on data visualization and developer components.

Vinay Tamboli

 

Vice President at Slingkast

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 Vinay has 20 years of experience in domestic and international markets with varied organizational cultures from start-ups to Fortune 50 MNCs like Microsoft and IBM. With vast experience across diverse segments like Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Developer Evangelism, and Strategic Alliances, Vinay is credited with evolving business strategy, growing market share, improving process & operational excellence, driving innovation and fostering a customer centric culture in the organizations he has worked for. Vinay currently heads Asia Pacific for startup – Slingkast, started by ex-Microsoft team.

Vinay earlier was Director for Developer Tools Business with Microsoft. During his tenure of more than 7 years with Microsoft, he held various other lead responsibilities and was recipient of many accolades for his valued contributions.

In prior leadership roles, Vinay served as SAARC Region Head for Borland Software, Territory Services Lead for IBM and Oil & Gas Vertical Head for Tata Infotech (now Part of TCS).

Vinay was part of the various councils, task force, advisory to NASSCOM, Science and Technology Park, CII, etc. He is also a lead trustee at Vidhyavardhini trust engaged in providing education and healthcare to underprivileged.

Vinay loves working with start-ups and is active mentor / advisor for few of them. He led efforts at Microsoft to spot student innovations through Imagine Cup and many hackathons. Vinay is mentor to MIT Boston’s Kumbhathon (http://www.kumbha.org/ ) – a global initiative to solve “pop-up city” challenges.

Vinay is a MBA in Marketing as well as in Finance from University of Pune and he has Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering from University of Pune.


Bharati Jacob

 

Managing Partner, Seedfund

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Mr.Ravi Trivedi

Digital Marketer | Entrepreneur | Investor | Risk Taker

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Digital Marketer /Entrepreneur : Hands-on experience in running E-commerce and Lead Gen companies in US and India. Strengths include Customer Acquisition, Growth Hacks and Analytics. Love finding Growth Hacks (arbitrage opportunities )

Investor : Technology seed stage (angel/venture) investor in start-ups. Work actively with the start-ups in early stages.

TR Ramanujam

 

Part Time CMO | Co-Founder Predictly Tech Labs | Director Finixel | Mentor at Google Launchpad | Modern Marketer

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Functional experience of two decades in marketing management, information management, organizational transformation, decision making, startups, entrepreneurship, managing high calibre teams & policy formulation. Worked across IT, Telecom and other verticals and specialized in B2B marketing. Expertise in Marketing investments, strategic CRM framework development, CEM, campaign management & diagnostics, analytics, Connected sales & Marketing, database marketing, telemarketing, lead management, and delivering on strategic requirements.

Developed & managed the execution engine and marketing platform expertise to deliver meaningful and measurable customer/ partner interactions & experiences. Knowledge Process outsourcing, start up to maturation, managing global processes for Asia (APAC, China, India and Japan) region, north America and European businesses.

Satej Sirur

Founder and CEO at Rocketium

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Satej is the founder of Rocketium, an app for startup professionals to learn business concepts with game-like interactive content. Prior to Rocketium, Satej headed Product, Strategy at TaxiForSure. He held engineering roles at Microsoft, an NY-based SaaS startup, and Amazon Web Services.

Productivity, analytics, and community products excite him. E-commerce and advertising products terrify him. Satej has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and a business degree from the Indian School of Business.

 

Sreeraman Thiagarajan

 
Vice President - Client Services at Publicis Beehive

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Vice President - Client Services at Publicis Beehive
Chapter Manager - Google Business Group, Mumbai

Sreeraman is a marketing professional, he currently works as a Vice President (Digital) at Publicis Beehive, he is responsible for the digital marketing & social media business at one of the largest and profitable advertising agency under the Publicis Worldwide stable.

He is also Chapter Manager at 'Google Business Group Mumbai' (GBG Mumbai) which mentors startups and entrepreneurs to use technology for business success.

He speaks regularly at industry conferences and educational institutes including, IIM Indore, MET, NMIMS about marketing and business.

Sreeraman writes a weekly column for The Economic Times and periodically for The Advertising Age and Digital Market Asia.

He holds a MBA in Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA the college is known for producing Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube