Startup Mantra 2014, Trivandrum

Sep 13, 2014
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Hotel Hycinth, Hotel Hycinth, Manorama Road, Model School Junction, Thampanoor, Trivandrum, Kerala 695001
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Startup Mantra 2014, Trivandrum is planned to be one of the major events for startups in Kerala. The event will see country's leading startup ecosystem players and entrepreneurs in attendance.

Ravi Gururaj - Angel Investor, Chairman - NASSCOM Product Council

Ravi Gururaj is a serial entrepreneur with 5 ventures and 2 public exits, an angel investor, a mentor to numerous entrepreneurs, technology executive, and ecosystem evangelist. He is Chairman & Co-Founder of Frictionless Ventures where he is building and investing in innovative software products primarily in the cloud, mobile, and big data segments. Ravi is a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council, chairs the NASSCOM Product Council and co-hosts the NASSCOM Product Conclave. He is Charter Member of TiE Bangalore where he launched the Cloud SIG and is Co-Founder & Co-Chair of HBS Alumni Angels India chapter.

Ravi received his MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. He graduated with honors as Benjamin Franklin Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania in the Management and Technology (M&T) program, receiving a B.S.E. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Moore School and a B.Sc. in Finance from the Wharton School. He was also a research scholar at the University of Edinburgh and schooled at La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata.

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Ravi Narayan - Mentor, Angel Investor, Director - Microsoft Ventures India

Ravi Narayan is the Director of Microsoft Ventures in India and responsible for Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, Bangalore. He joined Microsoft recently from Mentor Partners, a Seed Fund based in Bangalore. Ravi has been an entrepreneur, mentor and investor most of his career. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, and an MBA from the University of Southern California,. Following his return to India from the United States, Ravi lives with his family in Bangalore. A black-belt in martial arts, Ravi enjoys meditating and Tai Chi.

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Shanti Mohan - Angel Investor, Co-founder,

Founder at LetsVenture, an online platform that helps startups connect to investors to help them raise Angel Funding. Before LetsVenture, worked in HP in India and US in diverse roles from Product engineering, to product management. Did her first product startup in Bangalore, building residential gateway solutions - the venture raised angel and Series A round.

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Radhakrishnan Ramachandran - Founder Peppermedia, iStream

Radhakrishnan Ramachandran is a media professional turned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across print, TV and digital media. He turned entrepreneur in 2000, when he co-founded India Syndicate, a leading digital content solutions company. Prior to that, he was Chief of Bureau at CNBC TV18.

Radhakrishnan launched in early 2012 as a premium online video destination after raising $ 5 million from SAIF partners.The goal was to build an online video product which would be India's answer to Hulu and Netflix. It was well on its way, clocking over 6 million unique users and 12 million video views by March 2013. The dream run was cut short when it failed to raise the second round of funding and he decided to shut down the portal in May 2013. However, he continues to believe in the online video space and has launched his third venture Pepper Media, a full service online video production and distribution company.  

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Arjun R Pillai – Founder, CEO – Profoundis Labs (P) Ltd.

Arjun, along with his 3 friends, founded Profoundis Labs 2 years back. Profoundis is a successfully bootstrapped company which focuses on Big Data and enterprise products based on the same. 5 months back, Profoundis launched Vibe(, a sales intelligence tool to find personal and professional background of prospective customers. Currently Vibe has over 60,000 B2C users and 50 B2B users. As the CEO of Profoundis, he played pivotal role in driving the company to several achievements including Microsoft Accelerator, Startup Chile, and Blackbox Connect,

Arjun is an active IEEE volunteer for the past 8 years. He has served on-board several national as well as international committees during this while. Currently he serves as the Awards Chair for IEEE Global Student Activities & IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Commttees.

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Organiser : Robin Alex Panicker

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