Inner Circle Members

Amit Singhal

Amit Singhal

Google Fellow

I am a search geek. - Amit Singhal is a Google Fellow. According to the New York Times, Amit is the master of what Google calls its “ranking algorithm” — the formulas that decide which Web pages best answer each user's question. Amit got his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from IIT Roorkee in 1989. Amit holds a MS in Computer Science from University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Amit runs a team in Google's Search Quality group. He and his team are responsible for the Google search algorithms.
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Anil Godhwani

Anil Godhwani

Co-founder of Simply Hired & ICC (Milpitas)

Anil Godhwani is a successful serial entrepreneur and social entrepreneur. Anil co-founded and was the VP of People at SimplyHired. He also co-founded and was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AtWeb, which was acquired by Netscape in 1998.  As a social entrepreneur, he co-founded The India Community Center in Milpitas, CA which is the largest Indo-focused community center in North America. He has also served as a board member of the Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto and East Valley YMCA in San Jose, CA.  Anil has a B.A. in Economics from UC Santa Barbara. He continues to be an Angel investor and mentor to several Silicon Valley startups. His other passions are wellness, family and table tennis.
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Anu Aga

Anu Aga

Director, Thermax Limited

Ms. Anu Aga is on the Board of Thermax Limited, the leading Indian player in energy and environment management. She retired as Chairperson of the company in October, 2004.
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Anuradha Gunupati

Anuradha Gunupati

Founder Trustee, Dr. Reddy's Foundation

Anuradha Gunupati has been the Founder Trustee of Dr. Reddy's Foundation since 1996 along with Dr. K.Anji Reddy, Founder-Chairman of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. She assumed responsibility for the activities of the Foundation as Managing Trustee from July 2005. She is currently providing leadership for the various initiatives at the Foundation. The focus of the Foundation is in creating sustainable livelihoods for under privileged youth and education for underserved areas. Till date over 200,000 youth have been trained and placed in jobs. Over 10,000 students study in the various schools established and run by the Foundation at various locations in and around Hyderabad.

She also established Saptaparni, an organization dedicated to promoting Indian performing arts, culture and heritage.

Anuradha is a Trustee of Jiddu Krishnamurti Trust and has played a key role in establishing its centres and activities in Hyderabad. She is also an active volunteer for Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), Hyderabad Chapter, in promoting the arts amongst the schools and colleges at Hyderabad.
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Anusha Ravi

Anusha Ravi

CEO, Park Group Institutions

Anusha Ravi is the CEO of Park Group of Institutions, Coimbatore and Chennai. Prior to this she worked with Onair communications (an Airbus subsidiary), and Annheuser Busch, USA. Anusha is an active Rotarian, and is also the president elect for 2010-11 for the all-women Rotary Club AAKRUTHI of Coimbatore. She is the trustee of 'Aravanaippu' which helps motherless or fatherless children with school and college fees. Till date 1000 children have benefited. The goal is to have 25,000 children benefit over next five to 10 years. She is also a member of the TED community, actively spreading new ideas to the world. She is also an organizing committee member of ASTIA.org which is a US-based organization entering India for facilitating venture capitalists for women entrepreneurs.
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Anushka Singh

Anushka Singh

A graduate of the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, Anushka Singh double majored in real estate and management with an interest in the retail program. She currently works with DLF Limited in luxury residential real estate. Anushka has a keen interest in wildlife, psychology and photography.
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Asha Jadeja

Asha Jadeja

Founder, Dot Edu Ventures

After investing in about 75 technology companies as a venture capitalist, Asha is currently a top Silicon Valley angel investor, social entrepreneur, global philanthropist, speaker, a mentor to Stanford entrepreneurs, and mom to her two daughters. She lives in Palo Alto and New York. 
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Ben Gomes

Ben Gomes

Distinguished Engineer at Google

Ben Gomes is a Google Fellow where he leads the company's engineering efforts on search features. Ben has been working with Google since 1999 mostly on search quality and has worked in the development of nearly all aspects of the Google search service ranging from crawling and indexing to ranking and new feature design. More recently, he has been responsible for the engineering of the interface for search and search features. Prior to Google, Bens earned his PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. Ben was born in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.
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Cali Tran

Cali Tran

Investor with North Bridge Venture Partners

Prior to North Bridge, Cali was the Co-founder and Vice President of Corporate Development at Agilix Labs, an award winning venture-backed mobile learning company providing solutions to firms such as Blackboard [NASDAQ: BBBB] and FranklinCovey [NYSE:FC]. “Entrepreneurship is a path to empowerment, the ability to create something meaningful out of nothing,” says Cali. “I’ve witnessed what it can do for people, their families and community.” Born in a Vietnamese refugee camp – Camp Pendleton, CA – Cali grew up the youngest of six children and spent much of his youth in the family-owned restaurant: “Whether a small family business or a Fortune 100 market leader, all businesses started with a dedicated entrepreneur and a courageous idea.” Cali likes to help entrepreneurs in the seed or Series A stages but will sometimes get involved in more mature companies. Before Agilix, Cali was at Ancestry.com [NASDAQ: ACOM], a subscription-based genealogy company, where he helped lead the firm’s early corporate development efforts and raised the first three rounds of capital. Cali started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston. Cali received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a graduate of Bowdoin College (cum laude) where he serves as a Fund Director and Class Agent. He recently completed a term on the Alumni Council. He is also on the Board of OneVietnamNetwork, a non-profit organization focused on bridging the digital divide between the diaspora of Vietnamese communities worldwide.
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Deepak Ravindran

Deepak Ravindran

Entrepreneur

Deepak Ravindran is the founder and CEO of Innoz, which he started in his college dorm room in 2008 with 3 other college mates. Deepak left Kannur University,LBS College of Engineering,Kerala as a dropout with a novel idea of giving Internet to the offline world. Deepak was named one of the MIT Technology Review outstanding innovators under 35, for the year 2011. He is also an INK Fellow & TED Talent Search participant for 2011.
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Gautam Godhwani

Gautam Godhwani

Serial Entrepreneur, Co-founder at Simply Hired Inc.

Gautam Godhwani has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He was most recently Co-Founder & CEO of Simply Hired, a job search engine, which has raised $22M in funding and receives 30 million monthly unique visitors. Previously, he was Co-Founder & CEO of AtWeb, a web site tools company, which was acquired by Netscape/AOL. He also co-founded India Community Center, the largest Indian community organization in the U.S. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Simply Hired, Intuary ('Netflix for children's stories' on the iPad) and Habitera (a health and wellness company). Gautam has previously held positions at Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft.
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Gopal Srinivasan

Gopal Srinivasan

Chairman & MD of TVS Capital Funds Ltd

Gopal Srinivasan is the Chairman & MD of TVS Capital Funds Limited, that has launched an India focused growth private equity fund. The vision is to develop and nurture India's mid-cap businesses into world class companies.
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Jose Thomas

Jose Thomas

Managing Director, Choice Group of Companies

Mr. Jose Thomas (J.T) is an entrepreneur with 40 years of extensive experience in the world of business. He is the owner and Managing Director of the Choice Group of Companies and serves as the President of the Choice Foundation. He is accompanied by his wife of 30 years, Mrs. Elizabeth Jose and is the father to five children. His businesses include ventures into the fields of frozen food, seafood, farming, shipping, construction & I.T. The Choice Foundation, a non-profit initiative of the Choice group, includes the running of The Choice School & a center for performing arts (JT-PAC). The Choice Group has a total global turnover of US $250,000,000.
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K Nanda Kumar

K Nanda Kumar

President & CEO, SunTec Business Solutions

K Nanda Kumar is the Founder President and CEO of SunTec Business Solutions, the Revenue Management and Business Assurance company, trusted by professionals across the globe, with a suite of innovative products that empowers Financial Services Firms and Communication Service Providers to create real time personalized offerings through datadriven decision making, ensuring a proactively managed customer experience. He has been active in the software realm for over 26 years as a technology evangelist for customer-centric software platforms and solutions, specifically for transaction-intensive verticals.
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Neil Mehta

Neil Mehta

Co-Chairman, Greenoaks Global Holdings Ltd.

Neil Mehta’s got your back when comes to business and investing. Neil is the co-chairman of Greenoaks Global Holdings Ltd. and the founder of Greenoaks Capital. Prior to Greenoaks Capital, Neil was responsible for real estate and special situations investments in India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia for Orient Property Group. Neil has previously invested in private businesses at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in Los Angeles.
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Neil Mehta

Neil Mehta

Co-Chairman, Greenoaks Global Holdings Ltd.

Neil Mehta’s got your back when comes to business and investing. Neil is the co-chairman of Greenoaks Global Holdings Ltd. and the founder of Greenoaks Capital. Prior to Greenoaks Capital, Neil was responsible for real estate and special situations investments in India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia for Orient Property Group. Neil has previously invested in private businesses at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in Los Angeles.
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Nikhil Kumar

Nikhil Kumar

Founder & chief executive of TD Power Systems

Nikhil Kumar is the founder and chief executive of TD Power Systems (TDPS), manufacturers of large electric generators for turbine driven power plants. TDPS currently has an 80% Indian market share and exports to 35 countries worldwide. TDPS supplies hydro-electric, solar thermal, bio mass or coal fired power plants, and also builds thermal power plants on an EPC basis up to a size of 150 MW.
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Pramod Bhasin

Pramod Bhasin

Founder of Genpact

Pramod established Genpact (formerly GE Capital International Services) in 1997. Under his leadership, Genpact pioneered the Business Process Outsourcing industry in India. Genpact has also been the pioneer in this industry in China and Eastern Europe. Today, it is acknowledged as a leader in the globalization of services and technology and manages business processes for companies around the world. Genpact serves its customers from over 35 operations centers in 13 countries, with over 42,500 employees across a wide range of business processes, technologies and industries. Genpact is now a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘G'.
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Radha Kantipudi

Radha Kantipudi

Chief trustee & CEO, The Taara Collective

Radha Kantipudi is the chief trustee and CEO of the The Taara Collective a non-profit Social Enterprise that identifies and enables entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for women and girls in developing nations by offering skills development and incubation support to gain economic independence. She also serves on the board of 2 educational institutions in rural Andhra Pradesh in india. These institutions offer undegraduate programs in science, business management, liberal arts and engineering (EE, CSE, IT, Civil, Automobile). She was the key promoter in setting up an institute for paramedical sciences offering diploma courses in nurses and medical diagnostics to economically backward women.

Prior to this Radha worked for over 14 years at INTEL in the US, Asia Pacific Region(including China), Japan and India covering various business functions in strategic planning, business development, deal making, program management and operational management. As Director of Business Development for Intel's New Business Initiatives she was responsible for identifying, structuring deals and raising capital for new ventures in the areas of High Frequency Retail and Online Advertising, Rural Data Services (Affordable WiFi to rural areas to enable businesses) and Consumer Infotainment/Kiosk Based Content Distribution. In her role as Business Development Manager for Intel's Digital Home Group she developed the business strategy, gives/gets, contract negotiation/support and relationships for enabling Fellow Travelers on Viiv platforms with broadcast companies (DIRECTV), Content Companies, Gaming Solution Providers,technology providers for content management and Carrier Companies. Prior to that Radha was the Head of the Customer Business Solutions for the APAC/Japan and her team was responsible for re-engineering and implementing solutions related to Order Fulfillment, Demand Creation, Logistics, Finance and DistributioniSupply Line in Asia for Intel products delivering over $100M in business value. She influenced the industry to implement various eCommerce standards and developed the strategy and vision for the Channel and Marketing areas in support of the channel growth goals of the Sales and Marketing Group with no increase in supply chain and distribution costs.

Radha has a masters degree from Arizona State University in Finance/Accounting and Information Systems and a commerce degree from Osmania University.
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Raghava KK

Raghava KK

Artist

Raghava KK is a renowned Indian artist and a tech entrepreneur, named by CNN as one of 10 most remarkable people in 2010. 
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Raju Reddy

Raju Reddy

Founder & CEO of Sierra Atlantic

Raju is the Founder and CEO of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be a best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to over 2400 employees with operations in several countries and was consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies including the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China.

Sierra Atlantic was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in December 2010 and it is the largest ever acquisition by Hitachi Consulting to date. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, Raju spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management. Raju currently serves on the board of Hitachi Consulting and GharPay, a fast growing consumer internet company based in India.

Raju is active in not-for-profit initiatives and is currently Chairman of BITSAA Intl, the alumni body of BITS Pilani, India’s #1 private university. He enjoys working with young entrepreneurs in a mentorship role and was instrumental in starting the TiE Chapter in Hyderabad. Raju also serves on the Board of India community center in Milpitas, CA. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program which helped under privileged communities worldwide gain access to technology. He also co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987.

Raju holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.
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Ravi Mantha

Ravi Mantha

Ravi Mantha is a portfolio manager in the Institutional Equity Group for Fidelity Investments, the nation's largest mutual fund company and a leading provider of financial services. He is a member of the Select Global team, a team of four portfolio managers responsible for managing over $17 billion in assets on behalf of institutional clients worldwide. Ravi joined Fidelity in 2001 in his current position. Prior to joining Fidelity, Ravi was a partner and portfolio manager of international equities at Pyrford International Investment Management in London from 1999 until 2001, where he managed an Asia-focused equity portfolio and served on the Investment Strategy Committee. From 1993 to 1998, he worked at Russell Investment Group in Tacoma, Washington and London. He was a research analyst responsible for qualitative and quantitative analysis of global equity money managers. Ravi received a BA in business administration from the University of Puget Sound in 1993. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Boston Securities Analysts Society.
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Sanjay Parthasarathy

Sanjay Parthasarathy

Startups investor

After 23 years in the US, Sanjay Parthsarathy moved back to Chennai, India, with his family in 2009. He is now a very early stage startups investor in India while working on starting up a consumer Internet business. Of his 23 years in the US, 19 were at Microsoft and four at MIT. Sanjay's last role at Microsoft was as corporate Vice President of the Startup Business Accelerator, a new division he created to focus on building startup businesses within Microsoft. He was corporate Vice President of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group from 2000 to 2007. He built the D&PE division from 0 to over 1,500 people worldwide and grew Microsoft's software development tools business from $500 million to $1 billion. Sanjay was the regional director of Microsoft's South Asia Region from 1996 to 1998 and directed Bill Gates' first ever visit to India in 1997. This hugely successful visit led to a massive expansion of Microsoft's activities and investments in India. It also had a catalytic effect on the Indian software industry. Sanjay ran www.microsoft.com and the Internet security product unit, and started out at Microsoft on Windows multimedia and then the Interactive TV effort.
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Scott Cook

Scott Cook

Founder of Intuit

Scott Cook started his career at Procter & Gamble, where he learned about product development, market research and marketing. With personal computers just coming out at the time, Scott thought there might be a market for basic software that would help people pay their bills. He launched Intuit in 1983, which today offers software and online products to help individuals and small companies manage their finances. Scott, a founder of Intuit and currently Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board, has in the past at Intuit been a director, Chairman of the Board, and President and CEO. He also serves on the boards of directors of eBay Inc., and The Procter & Gamble Company.

He holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from USC and a MBA from Harvard Business School, where he serves on the dean's advisory board.

In 2002, Scott and his wife Signe Ostby, established the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business, US's first university-based center focused exclusively on training MBAs in brand and product management. In 2005, Scott was #320 on the Forbes 400, with a net worth of $1.1 billion.
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Sunita Devadas

Sunita Devadas

Educator

A teacher by profession, and a mentor at heart. Sunita Devadas has worked at Yokohama International School (YIS), Japan, for the past 13 years. As an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher at YIS, where the language of instruction is English, she considers it a privilege to have worked with students from various language backgrounds from around the world, and to have guided them in their journey of acquiring proficiency in academic English.
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Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki

Vice President of product management, Google

Susan Wojcicki is Vice President of product management at Google responsible for the design and innovation of all of Google's advertising and measurement platform products, including AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick and Google Analytics. She has managed AdSense product management since inception in 2002, and has led all advertising programs on Google.com and its advertising network since 2006.

Susan joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and worked on the initial viral marketing programs as well as the first Google homepage doodles. She also led the initial development of several key successful consumer products, including Google Images, Google Books and Google Video.

Before joining Google, Susan worked at Intel and was a management consultant at Bain & Company and R.B. Webber & Company. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA.
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Thomas John Muthoot

Thomas John Muthoot

Chairman, Muthoot Pappachan Group

The Muthoot Pappachan Group (MPG) is one of the leading family promoted corporate houses in South India with a total business turnover of Rs. 20,000 crores and a loyal business base of over one million. The multifarious economic activities of the MPG include Retail Banking & Financial Services, Power Generation, Hospitality, Real Estate and Health Care. Thomas John Muthoot was awarded the "Business Man of the Year" title by the Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
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Trishla Jain

Trishla Jain

Artist

Trishla grew up in India and attended the American Embassy School – her worlds mixed the east and the west together to enrich her worldview. She majored in English literature at Stanford and learned how to teach English to high school students at Teachers College, Columbia. She is also a self-taught artist and makes huge, textured paintings inspired by the impressionist masters Van Gogh, Klimpt and Monet. She is a spiritual enthusiast – the path of self-realization has always compelled her. Yaoga, pranayama and meditation are constant companions in her life.
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Vineet Agarwal

Vineet Agarwal

Joint Managing Director, TCI

Vineet Agarwal started his career in 1996 and is currently the Joint Managing Director of TCI, India's largest logistics company. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and the Owner President Management program from Harvard Business School. He is currently serving as a Member, Governing Council of All India ManagementAssociation (AIMA) and is a Member of the CII National Logistics Committee and CII National Retail committee. He is also serving as the Chairman, Urban Infrastructure Committee in Assocham and as the Regional (South Asia) Education chair for Young Presidents Organziation. He is involved in various social work through his family's foundation and is an avid reader & a marathon runner.
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Vishal Gondal

Vishal Gondal

Founder & CEO, GOQii Inc.

While most kids were grappling with the realities of growing up, Vishal took a head start and started his first company – FACT, soon after finishing school at the ripe young age of 16. 
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