Mr. V. Balakrishnan, also known as "Bala" is also the Founder & Chairman of Exfinity, a Private Equity Fund focused on investing in the Technology space. In the past Bala has served as a Whole-Time Director of Infosys Ltd. from June 11, 2011 to December 31, 2013 and has also served as the Chairman of the Board at Infosys BPO Limited and Chairman of Infosys Lodestone.
He has been a recipient of the "Best CFO" award from CNBC and Finance Asia and is also on the board of several start-up companies.
Mr.B.V.Naidu brings in 25 years of rich experience as an entrepreneurial mentor and Indian IT growth facilitator. Currently Mr Naidu is also the Chairman of the Sagitaur Ventures India Pvt Ltd., a holding company which has interest in IT/Telecom, Semiconductor, Green Energy and core infrastructure and in the past he has played a seminal role for the growth of the IT Industry in India.
In his capacity as Director of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), he has created effective Techno Economic Ecosystem by actively engaging with the Industry, Government Departments and Academic Institutions. Mr Naidu has facilitated the growth of the software exports from less than $8 million with 13 companies in 1991 to $12.0 billion from more than 1800 companies in Bangalore by 2007.
Mr.T.V. Mohandas Pai popularly known as Mohan brings with him decades of operational and leadership experience. Mohan is the Chairman of Manipal Global Education, he is also an ardent supporter of the Akshaya Patra Foundation and is one of the members of the board of trustees of Akshaya Patra. In the past Mohan has served as a Member of the Board of Infosys from May 2000– July 2011. He was voted 'CFO of the Year' in 2001 by IMA India, has won the 'Best CFO in India' award from Finance Asia in 2002, and 'Best chief financial officer in India' in the Best Managed Companies poll conducted by AsiaMoney in 2004.
Mohan is on the board of several start-up companies and continues to mentor them on their journey leap forward.
Mr.J.A.Chowdary popularly known as JA is Often Considered as One of the Chief Architects of the Indian IT industry, he was instrumental in developing the IT Industry in the States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu during his tenure as the Founding Director of STPI Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.
JA was a member of the IT Task Force Set up by the Then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and has ensured continuous sustainable growth of the entire IT ecosystem in various capacities.
Mr.Ramakrishna.V popularly known as Ram, has over 40 years of rich experience in setting up and managing Information Technology and Telecom organizations successfully. In the past Ram has been successful as a strong technocrat, as a CEO, as an Entrepreneur and as a Transformational leader. Ram was one of the key members of the founding team of HCL way back in 1976 and acted as the Chief Delivery Officer (CDO) of HCL when he retired from the services of HCL. Ram has been involved in setting up various new technology ventures from scratch as a Founder, such as Usha Computers, Arvind Mills Telecom Division and VeriFone India.
Ram, was on the National Executive Committee of Indo American Chamber of Commerce, the President of its Southern Council and the Chairman of its Bangalore chapter. He was also in CII, Bangalore as the Vice Chair of its IT Panel. He was one of the founders of the SCAFI (Smart Card Forum if India). He was the Chairman if the IT Panel, was member on the General Committee of BCIC for many years and is the Fellow of IETE in India.
Ram, currently advises information technology companies on business & technology strategy, business & delivery transformation, scaling up for growth and operations. He also mentors CEOs of several technology start-ups. He is actively involved as a member of the Board of Directors in a number of technology companies.
Mr.Ravi Thakur is the Co-founding Partner at StartupXseed Ventures, is himself an entrepreneur at heart and loves to mentor/encourage start-ups. Currently Ravi also serves as the Vice President for Sagitaur Ventures focusing on various strategic initiatives. In the past he was the co-founder for a drug discovery and healthcare start-up drugsupdate.com and was also responsible for turning around an innovative organization AlphaFlexi. Ravi holds a PGDBM from ICFAI and Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from NMU, India.
Mr. Deepak Nataraj is one of the core members of the investment committee at StartupXseed ventures, Deepak is also the MD of Aarin capital and has been active in evaluating potential investment opportunities in Life Sciences, HealthCare, Education Services, e-commerce and Information Technology. Prior to Aarin, he was the head of M&A at Infosys and under his watch, Infosys committed and/or deployed over US$110mn in various strategic projects including the incubation of its business consulting arm, cross-border acquisition of an IT outsourcing company.
Mr.Alok sen is one of the core members of the investment committee at StartupXseed ventures, an entrepreneur at heart Alok Co-founded Jeeves Consumer Services Pvt Ltd and brings on the table several years of rich entrepreneurial experience. It was during Alok’s watch that Jeeves has signed up as an exclusive service provider to Flipkart and has received a significant funding from Flipkart to help rapid scaling up of network and product verticals managed. Alok is a mechanical engineer and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore.
Mr.Janakiraman (Jani) has over 35 years of experience in IT Industry and is acknowledged as an authority in Information Technology Business. Jani is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman of Nuvepro Technologies. Nuvepro is a Cloud Product Startup enabling IT as a Service (ITaaS) for its customers. Jani is also the President for Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (IJCCI) for the last seven years. IJCCI promotes business partnership between India and Japan and has more than 90 Indian and Japanese member companies. Jani is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) – Bangalore, supporting promotion of startup eco system and entrepreneurship and is mentoring few Startups out of Bangalore. Earlier to Nuvepro, Jani, along with nine others, Co-founded Mindtree Ltd in 1999, currently a $600 Million IT Services organization based out of Bangalore. Jani had played various roles at Mindtree including President and Group CEO of Product Engineering Services Business and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Mindtree, in addition to serving as a Board Member till Oct 2014. Jani started his professional career at Wipro as one among the first five employees and prior to Mindtree, Jani spent 19 years with Wipro, being the Chief Executive of its Global R&D division during last four years. Jani is the founding member of India’s Semiconductor Association (ISA) and served its Executive Council for the first five years and later two years as Chairman and Advisor of ISA (currently called IESA). Jani’s has a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy, India and a Master's degree in Electrical from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, India. He was recognized by NITT as Best Alumni through an award for his Entrepreneurial Excellence
Dr. Sridhar Mitta, a Mentor and an Advisory Council Member for StartupXseed has nearly four decades of experience in Information Technology R&D and related businesses in India and United States. He is currently the Founder and Managing Director of NextWealth Entrepreneurs Private Limited in India, whose vision is Social Uplift through Entrepreneurship. Dr Mitta joined Wipro Limited at its inception in1980 and served as its Chief Technology Officer and Head of Global R&D. He was also the founder and CEO of US-based EnThink Inc. an IP design and licensing start-up for semiconductor building blocks for Internet Appliances. Dr. Mitta was a Founder and member of Board of Directors in e4e Inc., Santa Clara, CA based business Services Company.
Dr. Mitta is very passionate about promoting entrepreneurship, and mentors many young companies. He is also advisor to several venture capital organizations including IDG Ventures, Inventus and Kitven
Professor Sadagopan is a Mentor and an Advisory Council Member for StartupXseed ventures. He is currently the Director (President) of IIIT-Bangalore (a PhD granting University) and as the first Director of IIIT-Bangalore he is involved in the visioning, planning and executing the growth of this Institute. Professor Sadagopan’s research work has appeared in several international journals including IEEE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, and journal of Optimization Theory & Applications, Naval Research Logistics, Simulation and Decision Support Systems.
Professor Sadagopan holds a PhD from the distinguished University of Purdue, is a Fellow of the UK's IET (formerly IEE), Computer Society of India, Institution of Engineers (India) and also is a featured Columnist for one of the largest newspapers in India, The Times of India (TOI).
Mr.Sanjay Nayak is a Mentor and an Advisory Council Member for StartupXseed ventures, Sanjay is also the Co-founder & CEO of Tejas Networks, Bangalore and Managing Director of Synopsys India, a global leader in Electronic Design Automation. Sanjay is well regarded thought leader in the Indian telecom and electronics industry and is sought after for his views on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. He received the “Technovation Sarabhai Award” in 2013 for his contribution to the Indian industry from Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the “Electronics Man of the Year 2011”, from ELCINA, and was selected as one of the “Top-20 Stars of Indian Telecom Industry” by Aegis Graham Bell Awards in 2012. He is the Regional Chairman (South) of India’s Telecom Export Promotion Council (TEPC), is a member of the CII National Committee on ICTE, is a member of Karnataka ICT Group 2020 and is also a member of various Government of India committees, including the National Telecom Manufacturing council.
Sanjay has a M.S. degree in ECE from North Carolina State University and B.S (E&C Engineering) from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.
Mr.Sanjeev Keskar is a part of the Advisory Council Member for StartupXseed ventures. He is also currently serving as the Managing Director Sales, for PMC-Sierra India & south-east Asia and also as the Treasurer of India Semiconductor Association (ISA). Prior to this appointment, Keskar was Country Manager, Sales, at Freescale Semiconductor from 2005 to 2009, where he led design win and revenue growth for the India sales operations. Prior to that, he was the Country Manager for AMD Far East Ltd. in India from 2001 to 2005. There he started the company’s India operations as the first Country Manager with a three-person team and established AMD India in four years with all major OEM and channel wins. Sanjeev has also held senior management positions at National Semiconductor, Max India Ltd. (Avnet India), and Continental Device India Ltd. Overall, he has more than 25 years of experience and has spent 20 years in semiconductor sales.
Keskar received a master’s degree in management science and a bachelor’s of engineering and technology from Pune University.