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Rakesh is an independent consultant working with various startup ecosystems in India and overseas. Rakesh comes with strong experience of building and scaling up one of India’s finest private incubators (Excubator) for tech startups.
Rakesh specializes in setting up effective startup incubator operations.
Rakesh brings 2 decades of industry experience cutting across wide spectrum of industries, technology platforms and geographies.
Rakesh has personally mentored more than 1500 startups, has incubated many startups in his early company (Excubator) and has taken large number of workshops on startup development topics. He is a recognized leader in the space of building startup ecosystem and supporting early stage start up ideas.
Rakesh also runs PAN IIT nation- building organization called ‘IIT Mentors’. He regularly engages with various IIT institutions and IIT alumni groups to support their entrepreneurship development initiatives.
Rakesh is recognized as one of the Top Gamification experts in India. He is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur. Rakesh is also an experienced life- coach; he runs a specialized life- rebuilding program called “Master Your Life with me” for senior corporate executives.
Alok is Co-founder and CEO of Indifi, a platform for enabling debt financing for small businesses. Alok is also an active angel investor, co-founder of Indian Angel Network, and on the board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Delhi. Prior to starting Indifi, Alok setup and ran Canaan Partners’ operations in India, investing in high growth technology and internet startups. Earlier, Alok co-founded JobsAhead.com, a leading web-based recruitment business in India, which was acquired by Monster.com, the global leader in online recruitment.Alok earned a BE in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and a MS in computer science from UC Berkeley.
Sanjay is well known for his founding role at ZipDial (now acquired by Twitter) and his role at mChek, the path breaking startup in secure payments. Sanjay has trodden the path of an entrepreneur all through his career. After completing his bachelor’s degree in engineering, Sanjay headed to Paris where he earned his Master’s degree.
After a stint at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, Sanjay embarked on a journey to build world class teams and products that took him through startups like Ketera and Portal Software, mChek, Zipdial & Ezetap which he co‐founded in 2010.
An active member of the community, Sanjay is a Rotarian and a charter member of TiE, a volunteer at iSPIRT, and organizes the Fintech Panel at the Nasscom Product Conclave. He also played a prominent role on the UIDAI project under the leadership of Nandan Nilekani. He is a frequent speaker and evangelist in the entrepreneurship and payments circuits in the country. Sanjay loves to blog ‐ anything you say that is half‐way intelligent will turn into a subject for his blog.
Rohan has over a decade of experience in building large scale distributed solutions. He was at Oracle for 8 years in Silicon Valley and India before co-founding restaurant payments startup ‘Chalo’ which was acquired by OpenTable. He was subsequently Chief Architect for Mobile Payments at OpenTable, based out of India. Rohan graduated from IIT Bombay with a B.Tech in Computer Science after which he went to Stanford where he got his M.S. in Computer Science.