Shashikant Khandelwal, TheFind
Shashikant is Co-Founder and CTO at TheFind Inc, a startup in shopping search with more than 15 million visitors per month. At TheFind, Shashikant has been involved in venture funding from leading VC firms, product innovation (5 patents pending), and building a scalable search engine. He recruited a team to solve hard problems in information extraction using machine learning, and has played a crucial role in traffic growth and revenue optimization. Shashikant also co-founded BITSEmbryo, a project for BITS Pilani, and led the team from idea inception to building an Embryo Club on campus to run this project. In 2 years, Embryo has conducted 80 lectures via video-conferencing, some of them simultaneously across Pilani, Goa and Dubai campuses with an attendance of over 500 students. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford and a Bachelors from BITS Pilani where he graduated with the Institute Gold Medal.
Vijit Sabnis, Solar Junction
Dr. Vijit Sabnis is the founder of Solar Junction, a venture backed company. He has over 15 years of hands-on experience with III-V optoelectronic device design, wafer processing, and characterization. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University for developing III-V photonic switches for optical routers and wavelength conversion applications. Vijit also held a senior research position at a previous company where he was principal investigator on the DARPA EPIC program investigating applications of rare-earth oxides for CMOS-integrable optical amplifiers and lasers. He has 25 publications and holds 4 patents. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Ankit Agarwal, Micello
Ankit is the Founder & CEO of Micello, Inc. Micello is disrupting the location/mapping ecosystem by building its own database of indoor maps (think “”Google Maps inside a building”"). Today’s maps cover the outdoor world, whereas Micello focuses on mapping the insides of places like shopping malls, college campuses, airports, convention centers, museums, aquariums, business campuses, etc. Prior to Micello, Ankit was pursuing his bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. While in school, he competed for and won the highly coveted internship to the Clorox R&D facility in Pleasanton, CA. At Clorox, Ankit worked with the Product Development for New Business Group. Ankit also worked at Tesoro’s Golden Eagle Refinery at two separate occasions, first in Operations, and second in Process Engineering. Both times, he was involved in refinery projects to optimize specific processes. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley and Co-Program Leader for the Class of 2012.
Amit Jardosh, Founder, Ubersense
Amit Jardosh is the co-founder of UberSense, a startup that is creating novel mobile solutions for athletes and coaches to video-analyze bio-mechanics and game tactics; these are wildly popular with over 400,000 installs by amateurs and professionals including USA Olympic teams. Before UberSense, Amit managed pricing and yield within Yahoo!’s display ad marketplaces organization; and conducted research at Intel Research, Nokia Reasearch, and Citrix Online. He got his PhD in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara, publishing 13 papers at top conferences and journals that have been heavily cited more than 1200 times. Amit went to college in Mumbai, and was elected chairperson of his college student council responsible for cultural and technical events that attracted over 10,000 attendees. He played competitive table-tennis, and is now trying hard to improve his golf skills. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Ann Rogan, TellWell
Ann Rogan is an entrepreneur with experience in the areas of supply chain and environmental sustainability. Previously, she co-founded Loop, an Indian supply chain company focused on consumer solar products. There, she oversaw business strategy and operations - including the negotiation of contracts with suppliers. She also worked at Drishtee and consulted to McKinsey and Dalberg Advisors, and is an expert in rural distribution strategies within India. She was profiled in 2011 by TheNextWomen.com, and in 2008, her team's work at Drishtee was recognized by IIM-Ahmedabad for its contribution to innovations that democratize access to health care in rural India. She has published pieces with The Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship (2011), Renewable Watch (2010), Cleantech Forum (2009), and NextBillion (2008). She holds a degree in International Development and English Literature from McGill University. She loves hiking, embracing constructive failure, and incorporating improv into daily life. She was a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program, and currently leads the chapter in Silicon Valley. Ann is a recent graduate of the 2012 summer graduate studies program of Singularity University at the NASA Research Park, where her team project focused on leveraging technology to positively impact 1 billion people over 10 years.
Anshuman Roy, Founder & CEO, Rhombus Power
Anshuman Roy is the Founder and CEO of Rhombus Power Inc., a company that is developing breakthrough technologies for harnessing the sun to make electricity. Solar industry experts have described Rhombus Power’s proprietary technology as a disruptive technical innovation. Before starting Rhombus in 2011, Anshuman worked with Alan Heeger – Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry (2000) – on improving the efficiency of plastic solar photovoltaics to a new world record in 2009. The resulting paper published in Nature Photonics has now been cited nearly 750 times. The team at Rhombus includes Prof. Alan Heeger and Edan Prabhu – founder of Flex Energy – as well as Dr. Nelson Coates who is an expert in optoelectronics. Prior to starting Rhombus’ technology effort, Anshuman led the development of renewable energy power plants (biomass and solar) in the US and in India. He is a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is an expert in solar technologies and fluid dynamics. He was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Dan Wetmore, Founder & CEO, Sheepdog Sciences
Dan Wetmore is co-founder and CEO of Sheepdog Sciences, a startup developing closed loop biofeedback products to enhance cognitive function. Previously, Dan co-founded Balance Therapeutics, a venture-backed company that is developing new therapeutics to address intellectual disability in Down syndrome. His work in Down syndrome began as a Translational Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University where he received his PhD in Neuroscience. He has 10+ years R & D experience in basic and applied neuroscience research at leading international academic institutions, including Columbia, Cambridge (England), Harvard, Lund (Sweden), and Stanford. Dan maintains an active role in technology transfer efforts at Stanford inspired by compelling scientific discoveries that far exceed the supply of faculty, students, and post-docs interested in vaulting these technologies over the ‘valley of death’. He is a volunteer board member and co-founder of Urban Kitchen SF, a 501(c)(3) organization that hosts affordable, single-purpose classes and workshops themed around the DIY Slow Food concept. He maintains a small orchard and vegetable garden and raises chickens at his urban homestead in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
DC Jayasundera, Co – founder, Rural Returns
DC Jayasundera is a Social Innovation Fellow of Stanford Graduate School of Business, and co-founded Rural Returns, a hybrid social venture aimed at alleviating rural poverty among small holder farmers in Sri Lanka, by connecting growers of organic and fair-trade products from developing countries, with specialty/fancy food markets in USA. Sl2College.org and MoraSpirit.com are two separate social ventures founded by DC, stemming from his interests in international development and social entrepreneurship. DC entered Stanford University in California in 2005 to obtain his MS in Environmental Engineering, and graduate degree “Engineer,” where his research focused on policy and planning in water and sanitation issues in developing countries. DC received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, where he grew up, and started his career as a Structural Engineer working for a company based in Oregon, USA. He also earned the Advanced Diploma in management accounting from Charted Institute for Management Accountants (CIMA)-UK. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in the Silicon Valley.
Ethan Austin, Founder & COO, GiveForward
Ethan Austin is the co-founder and COO of GiveForward (www.giveforward.com) a crowdfunding platform that helps people raise money online for their friends and loved ones’ medical bills He is also a co-founder and advisor at DealGooder (www.dealgooder.com) a social buying website that gives back half of its profits to local charities. In 2011 Ethan was named one of CNN’s ten Generation Next Entrepreneurs to watch. In 2010 he was the youngest of sixteen finalists for a World Technology Network Award in association with CNN/TIME/FORTUNE. (other finalists included Jeff Bezos, Marc Andreessen and Max Levchin). Ethan received his JD from American University where he was a member of the Law Review and his BA in political science from Emory University. In his free time Ethan can be found scouring the streets in search of the world’s most perfect burrito or running marathons in a banana costume to raise money to help defeat cancer. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Gabriela Voskerician, Founder & CEO, Krikorjan
Gabriela Voskerician is CEO and Founder of Krikorjan. The company’s mobile platform, Prevent360, is being developed to revolutionize behavior change in preventing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Previous to Krikorjan, Gabriela led the product development cycle, clinical, and regulatory path for Proxy Biomedical, a leader in implantable medical devices. In parallel, she taught Medical Device Innovation at University of Geneva (UG), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Presently Gabriela shares her time between establishing Krikorjan as a leader in diabetes prevention and contributing to the Biodesign Innovation Program at Stanford University in her Guest Professor capacity. Gabriela holds a BS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering awarded by CWRU and a BA in Art History from the same university. In her free time, Gabriela hangs-out with the Bandits (7-12 year-olds) at Sierra-at-Tahoe teaching them snowboard tricks in the park and pipe, while still working on her own hand plants. If you don’t spot her helmet with blue flowers at Sierra, Gabriela must be X-Ray-ing a painting in the Uffizi with her friend Maurizio Seracini. Gabriela is 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program of Silicon Valley.
Hisham Anwar, E62 Studios
Hisham Anwar is the Founder of E62 Studios, that is currently exploring gaming dynamics that increase social interactions during game play on mobile devices. He is also the Director of Global Technology Operations at Zynga, one of the world’s leading online gaming companies. Prior to joining Zynga, he was the VP of Business Development and Technology Operations at Mamapedia, CTO of Giftcast and AuctionHub, SaaS-based companies, and senior Director positions at Dorado.com (aquired by Corelogic), Moodsys and KLM. Hisham holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelors in Engineering from Boston University.
Amar Kendale, Navitas Medical
Amar is the founding CEO of Navitas Medical, a medical device company that is developing therapies for metabolic syndromes. Navitas Medical’s core technology was invented by Dr. Al Chin (co-founder of Origin Medsystems and former VP of R&D at Guidant), and the company is the first spinout from his incubator Pavilion Medical Innovations. Prior to starting Navitas, Amar was the Vice President of Marketing at Arsenal Medical, a Boston-based medical technology startup that is developing a bioabsorbable stent to treat the symptoms of peripheral artery disease. A member of the executive team, Amar identified Arsenal’s target market and ran strategic marketing and business development. Before joining Arsenal in 2007, Amar led the technical development of cardiac surgery devices at Boston Scientific (formerly Guidant) in Silicon Valley. His medical device experiences span early concept development through product development, market launch, and post-launch field support. For his innovations in opto-mechanical product design, Amar was honored as the BSC Cardiac Surgery 2006 Innovator of the Year. Amar enjoys listening to recorded and live folk music from all over the world, with a particular love for bluegrass and bhangra. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a 2009 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Boston.
Jerry Lin, DocSpot
Jerry Lin loves to build products, work with data, and ponder how to streamline operational processes. Before DocSpot, Jerry helped launched an interoperable personal health record that connected to over twenty data repositories. Jerry enjoys playing strategy games in his spare time and sees entrepreneurship as a big puzzle and a fun challenge.
Jui Bhagwat, ToyTotem.com
Jui Bhagwat is the co-founder of ToyTotem.com, a web resource aimed at helping parents find the right toys for their kids. Jui has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is an expert in how children learn and think. She also has a Masters in Social Work. Prior to ToyTotem, she worked as an Evaluation Consultant, helping several youth-based non-profits in San Francisco build evaluation systems for their programs. Jui is deeply interested in the uses of mobile technology for two purposes – enhancing learning in public schools and providing health education to women in developing countries. Jui is a passionate yogi, foodie and blogger. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in the Silicon Valley Chapter.
Kapil Israni, Hiretwits
Kapil is a seasoned entrepreneur/hacker having founded HireTwits (a vertical job search engine) and Loqly (locations bases social Q&A platform). Loqly has been featured on TechCrunch, NextWeb, Mashable and other leading blogs. Before that he spent 9 years at IBM doing product development and consulting. His consulting engagement included both local and international clients. While at IBM, he has extensively traveled to India and worked with leading telcos – Reliance & Airtel. Currently he is also working with a local consulting company with a focus on retails payments tech, online and mobile payments. Apart from passion for building products, he loves to play racket sports, soccer and talk politics. His latest addiction is listening to electronic music on Spotify.
Kevin Chang, Racemob & TinyPrints
Kevin Y.Chang is co-founder of RaceMob, a startup dedicated to connecting endurance athletes with race events. Kevin also works as a product manager at Tiny Prints (acquired by Shutterfly in April 2011). Kevin is an expert in integrating social networks within ecommerce platforms and has co-authored 7 pending patents. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Kevin is a Boettcher Scholar, National Merritt Scholar, President’s Leadership Class Scholar, and Semester at Sea Scholar. Kevin is a passionate marathon runner, and you will usually see him and his dog Kiah running along the side of the road. He desperately wants to help bring web technology to the over 22,000 races and 13 million U.S. race participants who compete annually. Kevin is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Labhesh Patel, Cellknight
Labhesh Patel is the founding CEO of CellKnight- a California based hi-tech company that helps businesses cut their cellular expenses by as much as 25%-45%. Previously, he led the strategic innovation effort at Cisco Systems and has 61 issued and over 100 pending patents. Labhesh has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He enjoys salsa dancing, traveling, target shooting and mountain biking. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Mat Tyndall, Tagbax
Mat Tyndall is the founder, inventor, and CEO of Tagbax, a personalization engine that painlessly builds a taste graph of insights into what really matters to you. Mat has taken the leap from graduate school into the the startup world after inventing a patent pending tag-based feedback system. Mat is an expert and innovator in crowdsourcing technologies and has an expansive multi-disciplinary background. Mat was previously working on a Ph.D. in Nanoengineering at UCSD and has a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley. Mat’s research was in medical diagnostics and blood analysis where Mat developed a new assay to directly measure enzymatic coagulation activity in whole blood. Mat is passionate about storytelling and manga which are inspirations for a planned epic graphic novel way in the future. Mat is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley with ties to the San Diego chapter.
Nikhil Bhat, Vancel Corp
Nikhil Bhat is the co-founder of Vancel Corporation, a startup focused on child safety products. He also works at Acclarent Inc developing innovative products to treat otitis media. Prior to Acclarent, he worked at Pavad Medical Inc, a venture funded medical device startup, developing implantable medical devices to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Nikhil is an experienced medical device professional with 4 issued patents and more than 14 patents pending. He holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Nikhil is passionate about developing low-cost medical devices which improve people’s lives. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley Chapter.
Oksana Gerasymchuk, Adriff
Oksana is the Founder and CEO of Adriff. Adriff is Posterous for real estate online flyers. The service enables real estate professionals to create graphic flyers by simply emailing all the required information. Prior to Adriff, Oksana worked as an HR Manager at Anzer IT Solutions and started a real estate apartment leasing business in Ukraine while finishing her undergrad. She is currently working on an idea for a new venture that will radically disrupt the lead-gen industry. She holds an MBA from Lincoln University, is originally from Ukraine, and moved to the SF Bay Area in 2008. In her free time, Oksana can be found at a range practicing her marksmanship skills or mountain biking somewhere. She is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Raja Jain, Energy Efficiency Startup
Raja Jain is the CEO and founder of a startup focused on solving large-scale problems in energy efficiency. He is also the Executive Director and founder of Pass The Climate Bill, an advocacy organization that is developing resources for improving climate change education and building public support for a comprehensive US energy and climate change policy. Raja was born in Durham, NC and attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He was a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar and Pratt Fellow in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a triple-major in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Economics. He attended Stanford as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow and received a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering. He is an author on multiple papers and has several pending patents. Raja has consulted for several entrepreneurial projects and was the founding chair of the SNF User Advisory Committee, a group focused on organizational restructuring of the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility, Stanford’s largest shared research lab and a major technology R&D facility in the Bay Area. He has also served on the advisory council for a local community center and has been involved in a variety of volunteer efforts in the Bay Area. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Rajesh Unadkat, Aruvio
Rajesh Unadkat is Co-Founder of aruvio inc. which is founded in 2011. Aruvio is building ‘Social GRC automation solutions’ in cloud infrastructure to enable organizations cost effectively and efficiently manage their regulatory compliance and risk assessment processes. Rajesh is responsible for setting product management & strategy, business development, and marketing. In his spare time (!!), he also helps out with hands on development to meet the product timeline. He has strong expertise in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) domain. Prior to starting aruvio inc., Rajesh has worked at Agiliance inc. where he joined in very early stage and played key role in initial product architecture. He started Agiliance off-shore development center in India as well as managed for 2+ years. Later at Agiliance, Rajesh moved into product management role to identify new product requirements by interacting with customers/prospects as well as doing market research and competitive analysis. He helped Agiliance grow from $0 revenue to $5M+ in revenue, defined & delivered three major product releases with new applications that expanded Agiliance target market size, growing 0 customers to 40+ customers, and achieved highest possible Gartner MarketScope rating for the product. Before Agiliance, Rajesh has broad experience in software development and management at startups and corporation such as Healteon/WebMD, LoudCloud, Invio Software, and AOL. Rajesh holds MS in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and BS in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University, India. He is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley Chapter.
Shalabh Gupta, Biocycive
Shalabh Gupta, is Founder & CEO of BioCycive, Inc, a biotech company focused on developing new drugs in niche therapeutic indications, with a world-class scientific advisors, board members and strategic partners. Shalabh also serves on the board of directors of Phenomenome Discoveries, Inc, a diagnostic and therapeutics company backed by Canadian pension and PE funds. Earlier, Shalabh worked in Genentech, Inc. where he marketed Rituxan and Actemra, and worked on pipeline products. Prior to joining Genentech, he worked in equity research covering large-cap pharmaceutical companies at UBS and Rodman & Renshaw. He also served as an advisor to Green Hills Ventures, an early-stage private equity fund based in New York, where he managed the life-sciences portfolio for the fund. Shalabh was an attending physician and completed his MD at the NYU Medical Center and Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has written and presented more than two dozen papers focused in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and coordinated phase III and IV clinical trials at the NYU Medical Center. He was President of the national organization overseeing the 1500-strong rehabilitation resident physicians across the United States. Shalabh is a board certified physician with the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He also received his Masters in Public Administration in health management from the Wagner School of Public Services at NYU. While in investment banking, he also held Series 7, 63, 86, and 87 securities licenses. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Suneet Shah, MoviePal
Suneet Shah is currently working on MoviePal, a Shazam for movies, at the YouWeb incubator. Suneet has always had a passion for building things. At age 13 he launched a video game site and turned it into a niche e-commerce site. After getting a degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, Suneet moved to Seattle to work as a Program Manager at Microsoft on the Visio team. There he defined the vision and designed numerous features for multiple releases of Visio, and other Microsoft Office products including SharePoint and Excel. After 4 years at Microsoft, Suneet moved back to the bay area to work as an entrepreneur in residence at YouWeb. In his spare time, you might find Suneet working on his car, playing a round of golf, running and swimming, skiing in Tahoe, or choreographing a dance routine for one of his friends’ weddings. Suneet is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Varun Boriah, CardioCanary
Varun Boriah is the CEO and a Co-Founder of CardioCanary, a company that is developing a non-invasive, ambulatory, myocardial infarction monitor. In addition, he is a Mechanical Engineer at ArKal Medical, a company developing a next generation continuous glucose monitoring system for the management of diabetes, where he leads and manages microfluidics development. He previously co-founded the Surathkal Innovation Challenge, a competition providing seed-funding for innovative concepts with a potential of becoming commercially viable technology-based ventures. Varun holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology – Karnataka. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley. Varun is a foodie and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Avi Alimchandani, Healthcare Partners At Home & Alim Capital
Mr. Avi Alimchandani is currently a Director at Healthcare Partners at Home, where he oversees business development, innovation and finance. He also serves as a Principal at Alim Capital, an investment firm that focuses on real estate and public equities in India as well as select opportunities in other asset classes, such as the firm’s investment in Healthcare Partners at Home. At present, he is setting up a company in the San Francisco Bay Area that will offer services similar to Healthcare Partners as well as serve as a platform through which Avi aspires to develop and fine tune a startup in an intersecting space such as an application for the enhancement of cognitive and emotional health in home-bound seniors, an area Avi is particularly passionate about. Avi is originally from Chicago but driven by a passion to discover his cultural heritage at age 16, he elected to pursue his education in Bangalore, India. There, he graduated from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in 1997 with a Bachelor of Commerce, ranking first in his graduating class. He also completed a Master of Commerce from Sydenham College in Mumbai while working at India’s 2nd largest power transmission company, Jyoti Structures, in project finance. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2000, he worked at his family residential development company, Alim Builders, where he spearheaded sales and marketing and helped establish the firm as one of area’s top-tier luxury builders. During his time with Alim Builders, his efforts were recognized by the Chicago Sun Times, who named him to their 30 Rising Business Starts Under 30 List for 2003. Avi graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA in 2006. After graduating, he worked with the global real estate firm Tishman Speyer in New York. While there, he was a key member of the team responsible for managing the firm’s $350M India Fund, including both investment and operating activity. Outside of his professional life, Avi is an avid tennis and poker player, two sports that he believes teach lessons applicable in many arenas of life. He also serves as a Director for SPIRE Ð Stanford Professionals in Real Estate, a non-profit that strives to channel the powerful research capabilities and insights of Stanford University into the real estate industry and to promote education within this field. With a deep interest in healthcare for seniors as well as understanding and addressing the implications of the global demographic age shift, he is currently working on establishing a collaboration between SPIRE and the Stanford Center for Longevity. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Kunal Bisla, BadgeIn
Kunal is the Co-founder and Chief Curator of BadgeIn. BadgeIn help local business turn customers into loyal fans.
Before BadgeIn, Kunal spent the last decade working in various tech companies. His longest stint was at Dolby. As as a Staff Engineer, at Dolby, in a small professional products group, he worked on Dolby Digital Cinema, Dolby 3D, including FIPS certification, crypto streaming card and other geeky stuff. He is an instrumentation engineer from Pune University. He was a 2011 Fellow to the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
William DelHagen, Linguix Labs
William DelHagen is CEO of Linguix Labs, a company that looks at the words people write to understand their psychology. Prior to this he was the Manager of R&D at Amprius, Inc., making progress on the challenge of going from 3 employees working out of borrowed lab space to manufacturing millions of high-capacity lithium-ion batteries every year for everything from iPhones to electric vehicles. Will has always preferred to jump in and learn his lessons the hard way, and has done that as a software developer for e-commerce systems, a nanomaterials researcher, a teacher, a community healthcare organizer, a health systems planner for the country of Rwanda, a novice kite surfer in Cape Town, and a battery materials engineer. After earning his B.S. and M.Eng. at MIT in electrical engineering, Will moved to Africa for four years to help scale up AIDS treatment in Zambia, Rwanda and South Africa. After wrapping up his work in Africa, will drove 25,000 km through 8 countries, cooking his meals over a fire, sleeping on the roof of his Land Rover and taking pictures of everything in sight. In the copious free time working at a startup allows, Will cultivates a passionate interest in applications of psychology and neuroscience to everyday life, from business and education to healthcare and national security. He was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Amy Dolin, BuyImpact
Amy Dolin founded BuyImpact.com , a site that empowers consumers to be retail philanthropists Ð to make a difference in the world through the things they buy every day. On BuyImpact.com consumers locate, and get discounts from, companies doing good in their communities. A fundraiser calendar also helps consumers make a fun impact. Amy has 10 years of marketing successes in health care and technology gained across consulting, agency, Fortune 200, nonprofit & startup settings. Recently, she has been providing marketing guidance to early-stage consumer web ventures. Before that, she was an award-winning global product manager for the industry-leading Fortune 200 medical device company, Medtronic. Prior to her MBA at the Univ. of Minnesota, Amy worked in nonprofits. She is originally from Minneapolis, and currently lives in San Francisco. She is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Victor Karkar, Scrible
Victor is Founder & CEO of Scrible that provides a system for online content management. Victor started his career at Trilogy, a maker of ecommerce software for FORTUNE 500 firms, where he worked with the CFO on internal consulting projects. Via an “”externship”" from Trilogy, he then served as an Analyst at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of Trilogy’s venture investors. Upon his return to Trilogy, Victor played a key role in building and spinning off the subsidiary insuranceOrder.com, a pioneering online insurance agency built on an innovative technology platform. Victor also worked in business development at Roche Diagnostics, where he created the business plan and initial market research plan for a new genetic test for drug response to a prevalent cardiovascular condition. He later worked in business development at Maxygen, a maker of next-generation protein therapeutics, where he conducted due diligence supporting licensing deals and reviewed and executed various types of agreements. Victor has an MS in Chemical Engineering (emphasis in Biotechnology/Bioengineering) from Stanford University and a BA in Biology from Brown University. He is a 2010 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Vikrant Mathur, iFood.tv
Vikrant Mathur is the Co-Founder of ifood.tv, an online startup, where he manages Marketing & Business Development. Founded in 2007, ifood.tv is already profitable and a Top 5 web property in the food space. Vikrant is an entrepreneurial self-starter with 10+ years of experience in developing and launching complex technical products both with startups and Fortune 500 companies. Before ifood.tv, he managed Product Development at Telephia (acquired by AC Nielsen) and Experthub (acquired by Internet Brands). Vikrant holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters in Engineering from NC State, and a Bachelors in Engineering from Bangalore University. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Adam Mendelsohn, Nanoprecision Medical
Adam is a PhD candidate at the UC San Francisco/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, class of 2010. In his first summer pursuing his PhD in 2006, Adam was awarded an NSF fellowship to research in Japan with Kyoto University’s Department of Drug Delivery Research. Upon returning from Japan, Adam joined the Therapeutic Micro and Nanotechnology by Laboratory at UCSF headed by Professor Tejal A. Desai, where he is currently researching new treatment options for Type I diabetes through the immunoisolated transplantation of insulin-producing cells. Also during his second year in the PhD program, Adam joined Venture Innovation Program (VIP) in Life Sciences as a fellow. Adam is completing his Management of Technology certificate through the Haas school of business. Prior to graduate school, Adam spent two years with Advanced Bionics, a Boston Scientific Company, where he successfully developed a piezoresistive pressure sensor and an overfill safety valve that became part of an implantable drug delivery pump. Additionally, Adam obtained extensive project management experience and medical device development documentation experience including quality control considerations, FMEA, and IQ/PQ/OQ authoring. Adam holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Music – Piano Performance from UCLA, where he also co-founded a co-ed professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Prashant Pandey, Vdopia
Prashant Pandey is responsible for Vdopia’s research and software development organization. Prior to joining Vdopia, Prashant was at IBM research where he received several awards for his work on cloud computing, high-performance computing and storage systems. Prashant has a number of patents and publications on distributed systems and systems performance management. Before IBM, Prashant worked on infrastructure automation at Loudcloud (which later became OpsWare). Prashant has an MS in Computer Science from UIUC and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Andy Pandharikar, Zmorph
Andy Pandharikar is the co-founder of Zmorph. Before founding Zmorph, he was software development manager at Cisco, where he led engineering teams working on emerging technologies for small/medium businesses and consumer markets. He was also the engineering council chair for Cisco-Stanford relations reporting to Cisco SVP Brett Galloway. Before joining Cisco, he was co-founder of Poseidon Technologies, for which he helped raise $2 million from prominent angel investors. Poseidon was named #3 in top 25 startups in India by SiliconIndia magazine in year 2001. He also co-chaired various entrepreneurship programs for TiE including Entrepreneur Bazaar and TiE50 Top-Startups. Andy was featured in the book ÒIndia in DiasporaÓ, along with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He holds a Masters in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. and a Bachelors in Electronics and telecommunication from Amravati University. He blogs at http://anandpa.blogspot.com. Andy spends his spare time painting and training for marathons and is also a certified lead rock-climber. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Renil Paramel, Gartner & Geet.net
Renil Paramel has over thirteen years of experience working in management consulting. Renil is currently working with Gartner for their Consulting group. Prior to joining Gartner, Renil worked with Accenture and Deloitte Consulting. Renil has strong analytical, problem solving, people management and leadership skills. Renil brings a strong blend of business and technology experience having worked on projects ranging from Competitive Assessment, IT Strategic Planning, IT Organization Design, IT Portfolio Management, Program Management, IT Merger and Acquisition and IT Transformation projects to setting up and managing a custom software division. Renil is also working on a small startup www.geetnet.com an online entertainment karaoke site focused on Bollywood. Renil has a B.E. in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai and an M.B.A from University of Pittsburgh. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Salil Prabhakar, DigitalPersona
Salil Prabhakar is Director of R&D and Chief Scientist at DigitalPersona Inc. where he is responsible for product development of the company’s biometrics software development kit (SDK) product line as well as R&D of the company’s core biometric image search engines. Salil received his PhD degree from Michigan State University in 2001 and BTech degree from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) in 1996, both in computer science and engineering. He is co-author of 35+ publications and holds two patents. He co-authored the Handbook for Fingerprint Recognition, Springer, which received the prestigious PSP award from the Association of American Publishers. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Pattern Recognition Journal, and EURASIP Journal on Image and Video processing. He has co-chaired the Biometric Technology for Human Identification conference, SPIE Defense and Security Symposium annually since 2007. He is a volunteer at Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) and helped design India’s Unique Identity platform. He is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Bindiya Vakil, Resilinc
Bindiya is Founder and President of Resilinc, a startup in Supply Chain Risk Management. She is a seasoned supply chain professional with deep knowledge and a consistent record of success in delivering results at Cisco and Flextronics. Bindiya holds a Masters in Supply Chain from MIT, an MBA in Finance and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Gujarat University in India. She is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Vani Velamoor, Auticure
Before launching operations at AUTiCURE in March 2010, Vani headed IP diligence division at Maxval Group, Inc in the Silicon Valley from 2007 -2010. In that capacity, she managed a team of scientists and engineers in both Silicon Valley and India to deliver IP diligence, extensive market and landscape reports in medical device and pharma areas to clients who were primarily law firms, small and large pharmaceuticals. One of her key roles at Maxval also included managing and expanding clients all through US. Before that Vani was a scientist working in research projects ranging from Neurobiology at CSHL NY, to Skin regeneration, Wound healing and Oncology at Max Perutz Laboratories in Vienna, Austria. She is a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.
Rama Sekhar, Northwest Venture Partners
Rama focuses on early to late stage venture investments across a wide range of sectors at NVP. Before joining NVP in 2009, Rama was an Associate at Comcast Interactive Capital where he conducted due diligence on early and growth stage investment opportunities in the Digital Media, Internet, and Communications Infrastructure sectors. Prior to Comcast Interactive Capital, Rama was a Product Manager at Cisco Systems, where he defined product strategy and roadmaps for $1B revenue products including the GSR 12000 Series and CRS-1 routers. Rama’s clients included international telecom and cable service providers including Verizon Business, British Telecom, and several providers in the Indian telecommunications market. Previously, Rama was a Sales Engineer at Cisco Systems supporting AT&T, where he sold the core and edge networking equipment that comprises AT&T’s national IP backbone. Rama holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with high honors, from Rutgers University.
Ketul Parikh, Lightspeed Ventures
Krish Parikh managed business development and strategic alliances for Box.net, a startup revolutionizing cloud content management and collaboration, before joining Lightspeed Ventures. Prior to Box, Krish was with Oracle Corporation, helping grow the Enterprise Manager business through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Krish was a Draper Fellow at Draper Laboratory where he researched medical devices in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. Krish graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning a Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Krish is an avid amateur chef and in his free time enjoys road cycling and volunteering in the community
Laurence Noonan, Austin Ventures
Laurence Patrick Noonan joined Austin Ventures in 2011 and focuses on early stage and venture growth opportunities. Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Pat was an Associate at Commonwealth Capital Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Boston. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Pat worked for the strategy arm of Capgemini, a global management consultancy. Based first in the firm’s Cambridge, MA offices and later in its London, UK offices, he advised start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in the telecom, media, and entertainment industries. Pat holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During his time at business school, he worked as an intern on Facebook’s monetization team. Pat was selected to be a 2008 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Boston and also managed the TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) program. Pat completed his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he serves as Second Class Marshal (Vice President) of the Class of 2003.
Gautam Gupta, General Catalyst Ventures
Gautam joined General Catalyst from Procter and Gamble, where he analyzed brand strategy and consumer preferences in the Consumer Market Knowledge group of Proctor and Gamble’s North American Fabric Care business unit. Prior to that, he worked closely with the sales and marketing groups at Wireless Services Corporation and CTV Live on Campus, during his studies at Babson College. Gautam received a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College, with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies.
Kaartiga Sivanesan, Vanderbilt Medical School
Kaartiga Sivanesan is currently a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation Fellow at Stanford University, where she is working in the field of cardiovascular medical device innovation. She is a medical student at Vanderbilt University, where she was Chapter President of the American Medical Association and was awarded an American Heart Association Health Sciences Fellowship for her research on lipid droplet maturation in fat cells. Kaartiga graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Biology and Health Policy. At Harvard she was President of her undergraduate house, Lowell House, and led a Habitat for Humanity team to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Her senior thesis was a study of the implementation of new medical technologies at Brigham & Women?s Hospital. Kaartiga is passionate about the field of cardiology and is interested in cardiovascular research as well as emerging technologies in the field.
Jenny Qiu, Fansnap
Jenny is currently a software engineer at FanSnap, a live event ticket search engine located in Palo Alto, where she’s been focusing her work on designing and implementing the backend systems of user tracking, data collection and analysis, and reporting. Prior to FanSnap, she worked at Yahoo for 3 years in their Search Marketing division, working on a variety of projects including the Advertiser System and Sponsored Search ranking algorithms for US and international traffic. She was selected to be a 2009 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley. Jenny graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Computer Science. She lives in San Francisco and enjoys reading, yoga, and ballet.
Klint Rose, Quantalife
Klint Rose Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at QuantaLife Inc, a biotechnology startup, where he manages the development of their first product. Founded in 2008, QuantaLife is developing instruments to quantify DNA molecules by Droplet Digital PCR. This technology provides unrivaled quantitative resolution and sensitivity for life science and diagnostic applications. Before joining QuantaLife, Klint worked as a Research Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 8 years on a variety of biodefense projects, including the initial research that led to the founding of QuantaLife. He also directed several projects with applications in biotech, energy, and bottom-up manufacturing. Klint received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and his MS and BS from MIT, all in Mechanical Engineering.
James Carothers, Bioenergy Institute
James Carothers is currently a Research Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, where is is working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He was selected as a 2010 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley. He holds a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and a PhD in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology from Harvard University.
Anna Chodos, UCSF Medical School
Anna is currently a Resident at UCSF. She completed her MD and MPh at the Harvard Medical School after a year at the Harvard School of Public Health. In medical school her focus has been in community health and community-based research. At the School of Public Health she was exposed to the powerful contribution that social enterprise can have to innovation in health care delivery. With two other students she formed Unite for Health!, a non-profit working to bring powerful approaches to screening and treatment for cardiovascular disease in China. The business plan for Unite for Health! won the 1st place in the Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition, Social Enterprise Track. She also completed the Zuckerman Fellowship in leadership and public service at Harvard University, concurrent with her year at the School of Public Health. Her interests are increasingly centered on delivery quality care for people with chronic diseases, and she plans to do a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Geriatrics. Through social entrepreneurship, she plans to contribute her clinical and public health background to the creation of feasible and evidence-based solutions for chronic diseases in resource-poor communities.
Howard Chou, BioEnergy Institute
Howard Chou is currently a PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley & UCSF Bioengineering Graduate Program. He is recipient of the NIH Graduate Fellowship in Genomics and the Anselmo John Macchi Engineering and Science Fellowship. His research focuses on engineering enzymes for the production of small molecules, such as pharmaceuticals and biofuels. He received his M.Eng. in Computer Science, B.S. in Computer Science, and B.S. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, Howard has participated in several business plan competitions. His team was awarded 2nd place at the Bears Breaking Boundaries Competition – Solar Fuels in 2006 and 3rd place at the Global Venture Business Competition in 2008. Recently, his team was awarded the QB3 Catalyst Grant ($50K) to continue work on their startup idea. Howard has also mentored other graduate students in entrepreneurship through the Cleantech to Market program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Abhinav Khushraj, Nokia
Abhinav drives strategy for Nokia Messaging, a key service that is driving Nokia’s transformation into a service company. As a business development manager, he is responsible for partnering with social networking & media companies, scouting for white space opportunities in BRIC countries and driving operator and retail strategy. Prior to Nokia, Abhinav was an associate at General Catalyst Partners assisting a portfolio company with growth strategy. He has consulting experience at Booz Allen Hamilton, a mobile startup in New Zealand and a European seafood company. He has spent 5 years at Citrix Systems as release program manager leading a team of over 60 for the Internet security business and was awarded the leadership and team achievement awards. Abhinav has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management where he worked on startup ideas in social media and mobile and was a semi-finalist in the MIT $100k competition. He also has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Florida and bachelors from BITS, Pilani. Besides establishing the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley, he has also founded the Sparks New Ventures program to mentor, teach & fund student startups.
Carenina Motion, Ixia Communications
Carenina G. Motion is a sales and marketing professional with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. She is currently a Regional Sales Manager with Ixia communications working closely with Cisco’s Service Provider business. Carenina spent 9 years in the semiconductor industry where she worked with telecommunications customers and led engagements with consumer product and media startups. During her time at MIT, she was a member of SHPE and a founding member of the MIT Latino Cultural Center.
Michael Motion, UCSF
Michael Motion is a PhD candidate at the UC San Francisco/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering working on drug delivery technologies for oncology and gene delivery. Previously he developed tissue engineering techniques for cardiac regeneration, and engineered synthetic biology systems for pathway regulation. He serves as a managing director of the Venture Innovation Program at HAAS, and was a HAAS biofellow at Burrill & Co. where he worked on the business development of a stealth portfolio company. Prior to his PhD, Michael was a quantitative analyst for Ziff Brothers Investments where he developed financial and risk models. Michael holds a B.S and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jagan Nemani, Deloitte & SpeakEnergy
Jagan Nemani is currently a consultant at Deloitte. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was Co-Founder CEO of SpeakEnergy LLC, which he started with a vision to improve energy efficiency of US homes. He is passionate about environmental causes and believes that all of us can do our part to save the earth from a catastrophic disaster. His current venture focuses on getting people together to do their part by saving energy and improving energy efficiency at their homes. Prior to venturing on his own, Jagan worked for Deloitte Consulting as a management consultant in their corporate strategy practice. He helped many clients in Semiconductor, Telecom and Software industries devise their strategic and operational plans. Jagan has helped clients identify attractive global markets and devise market entry strategies. He worked as a research fellow with Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation where he researched strategies regarding co-innovation in social communities. He was selected to be a 2009 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley. Jagan has an MBA (with honors) in Finance, Strategy and Marketing from Chicago Booth School of Business. He was the actively involved in the Chicago Booth community and was the recipient of ÒKPMG AwardÓ for excellent academic achievement and outstanding contribution to Chicago Booth community.
Ashis Sahu, SAP
Ashish has more than 8 years of experience in Internal Management Consulting, Product Management and Engineering for Internet Start-Ups and Global Technology Companies. Most recently, he worked as a Solution Manager at SAP where he was responsible for launching an On-Demand product to help Fortune 100 companies manage their Carbon Footprint. Ashish has a MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of Berkeley, Diploma in Information Systems from Indian Institute of Management and Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology Karnataka (India). Currently, he is working on his startup idea in the consumer Internet space.
Shilpa Sambashivan, NGM Biopharmaceuticals
Shilpa Sambashivan is a scientist at NGM Biopharmaceuticals Inc., a biotech startup dedicated to the development of novel therapeutics for Type 2 diabetes and related metabolic diseases. At NGM, Shilpa’s research is focused on the discovery, production and characterization of biologics that may play a role in regulating glucose homeostasis. Prior to NGM, Shilpa was a Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University where she was awarded independent funding by the Bio-X program to carry out research in the area of protein misfolding and misfolding diseases. Shilpa received her PhD. from the University of California at Los Angeles in the field of molecular biology with an emphasis on structural biology. Shilpa’s research on the molecular basis of amyloid diseases resulted in two first author publications in Nature magazine and a dissertation award from the MBIDP program at UCLA. She received her undergraduate degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India.
Ashish Garg, Cypress Semiconductor
Ashish is a Strategic Marketing Manager at Cypress Semiconductor working on emerging LED Lighting and Power supply technologies and is also pursuing an MBA at Wharton. Ashish is also the former CEO of BITSAA International — the alumni association for BITS Pilani. Ashish has worked with BITSAA for four years at different positions including Chief Editor, BITSAA Sandpaper 2.0 (Alumni Magazine), Secretary of the BITSAA Silicon Valley Chapter as well as a volunteer for Project BITSConnect. Ashish created on-campus BITSAA teams at the Pilani and Goa campuses as well as the first Cypress PSoC lab in India at the BITS Pilani Goa campus. At BITS, Ashish was member Election Commission, member Department of Controls, Instru APOGEE co-ord and President, Sangam. He also holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently purusing an EMBA at Wharton.
Ankit Jain, Google
Ankit Jain is currently at Google. He has a background in computer science spans optimizing linear algebra algorithms for multicore architectures to creating and owning many core components of a web search engine. As a key member of Cuil’s engineering and business development teams, he not only worked on the algorithms powering the search engine, but was also responsible for negotiating partnerships with companies including Twitter, GNIP and Hulu. Ankit was invited as a guest lecturer to the Wharton School of Business to talk about new media and their monetization models. He is co-authoring a book on the next generation search engines to be published by IGI Global in 2011. Ankit received his BS in EECS and MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He also received a Certificate in Management of Technology from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. As a board member of NetIP, Ankit organizes professional development events and workshops with an emphasis on teaching the softer skills of leadership. In his free time, Ankit likes to snowboard, travel and DJ the occasional bollywood party.
Aanand Krishnan, Dolby
Aanand Krishnan currently works in the corporate development and strategic planning group at Dolby where he focuses on evaluating and executing strategic acquisitions and investments, as well as corporate strategic initiatives. Prior to Dolby, Aanand worked as a technology investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he advised a wide variety of semiconductor, hardware and clean tech companies in financing and M&A transactions totaling over $4 billion. Aanand spent five years at Agilent Technologies’ Fiber Optics division in various roles in research, product development, pre-sales and product management. Aanand has an MBA from U.C. Berkeley where he was the recipient of the C.J. White fellowship, a Masters in photonics from U.C. Santa Barbara and a bachelors in electrical engineering from BITS Pilani.
Siddharth Loganathan, Stryker
Siddharth (Sid) Loganathan currently works at Stryker. Till recently he was the lead implant design engineer at NFOCUS Neuromedical- a start-up that focuses on developing implantable medical devices for treating hemorrhagic stroke. He has worked on aneurysm embolization technologies, vascular occluders and stent grafts. Prior to NFOCUS, Sid worked on developing polymeric coils at Biomerix Corporation and on vascular grafts at Boston Scientific. Sid has a Bachelors in ME from BITS-Pilani, India as well as a Masters in ME from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is pursuing an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He is also a co-inventor on two patents. He was selected to be a 2019 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley and has served as the Director of Admissions for two years.
Vishal Goenka, Google
Vishal is currently with Google’s Search Ads team. He has led an engineering team responsible for dynamic creative optimization on Google’s display ad network and the DoubleClick for Advertiser platform. He joined Google as a key member of Teracent, a silicon valley startup funded by NEA and acquired by Google in late 2009, where he led the core ad serving team, managed engineering and served as the chief architect. Prior to Teracent, he served as technology strategy advisor to the CTO at SunGard Higher Education where he helped craft the vision for integrating several acquisitions. He has presented at numerous conferences and trade shows and contributed to open-source software. Vishal earned his BTech in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1996 with a gold medal for outstanding all-round performance and two separate awards for his undergraduate project work. He loves to kayak, bike and maintains his interest in photography, a hobby he developed at IIT Kanpur. He also spends time mentoring young entrepreneurs and is an active member of IIT Mentors and TiE. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley.