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Speaker's Bio

Arvin Babu, Partner, Greylock Partners
Arvin Babu joined Greylock in 2007 as Partner and is focused on early stage company investments in India.

Prior to joining Greylock, Babu co-founded two Greylock backed companies: Perfigo and Brience. He was the CEO of Perfigo, a leader in network admission control (NAC), which was acquired by Cisco in 2004. Post-acquisition, he was at Cisco for over two years and led Cisco's NAC appliance business unit to number one market share.

Previously he served as CTO at Brience, a leading mobile software developer. Prior to Brience, Babu was CEO at Webvibe, a developer of application middleware. Webvibe was acquired by KPMG Consulting in 1999. Post-acquisition, Arvin was CTO at KPMG Consulting where he led KPMG's eBusiness technology initiatives. Arvin holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from India.



Bhavin Turakhia, Founder & CEO, Directi
Bhavin Turakhia is Directi's founding CEO, and is responsible for the exponential growth of Directi from a startup in 1998 to a global web products company with over six businesses, 20+ products, 500+ employees and millions of global customers. Under his leadership, ResellerClub and LogicBoxes have become industry leaders in their respective verticals, and Directi has consistently featured amongst the fastest growing tech companies in Asia by Deloitte and Touche. He continues to manage the Vision, Strategy, Engineering and Operations of ResellerClub, LogicBoxes, .pw, Answerable.com and WebHosting.Info.

Turakhia is the chief architect of the .pw social communication platform, OrderBox, and various other products and services provided through ResellerClub and LogicBoxes. He has authored several technology patents. He concieved and launched CodeChef - a leading coding competition platform. He is also responsible for Directi's community evangelism efforts such as TechCamp. In 1998, at the age of 18, while in college, he founded Directi, with a focus to develop volume based Web Products and Services for a global audience. Having spent his school and college years in developing software, building web applications, and consulting companies, he brings to Directi, a deep understanding of the Web Services Industry, a strong technical background, a keen business sense, and most importantly, an unquenchable ambition for growth.

Turakhia is a respected entity in the Web 2.0 landscape, and a frequent speaker at various seminars, tech conferences and colleges. He also serves as a technical advisor to the local CyberCrime Investigation Cell. He has won several awards, including the Entrepreneur of the year award in 2005. Bhavin was former chairman for the Global ICANN Accredited Registrars Constituency for two consecutive terms.



Dheeraj Aggarwal, CEO, Altruist Technologies
Dheeraj Aggarwal comes with Strategy, Operations, Business & Product Development experience across Telecom, Software, & FMCG verticals. An MBA from IIM Calcutta and B.Tech from REC Kurukshetra, Aggarwal was earlier with Cellebrum as its Director and Chief Operating Officer. There he handled the overall responsibility of Strategy, Business & Operations. He was able to revive a written off entity into a profit making, market leading buoyant enterprise. He grew the organization from a 20 people to over 100 people entity with all India operations & multiple activities.

Earlier he also worked with Spice Communications in various profiles across VAS, Roaming, Retention & Churn Management, Credit Management & Marketing. There his key contributions and achievements include country bench-mark VAS revenue, pioneer service launches like Jukebox, Background Music, Landline SMS, USSD VAS and Highest number of International Roaming tie-ups for any operator.



Faisal I Farooqui, CEO, MouthShut.com
Faisal Farooqui is the founder-CEO of MouthShut.com where potential shoppers can find reviews on every business or brand from multinationals to small local businesses, all written by an average consumer like him. A passionate believer in the power of feedback, he quit a lucrative career with American Management Systems in Fairfax Virginia, returning to India to launch MouthShut.com.

For Farooqui, MouthShut.com is more than a business idea. It is a passion that has revolutionized the concept of word of mouth recommendation. Very early in life he had realized that the Internet, coupled with word-of-mouth recommendation has the ability to mark the progression of brands.

He has been cited in several academic journals, been featured in almost all the mainstream newspapers and magazines in India and has been telecast on various Television Channels including CNBC. An active contributor at industry symposiums and seminars he's been the main speaker at various industry events, including at ESOMAR’s global conference on technology in market research. Farooqui has a Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems and Finance from the State University of New York. He is currently staying in Mumbai, leading the company's operations from there.

Even now he is looking beyond his time, trying to envision an era where the adage 'Consumer is King' would be a concrete reality.



Govind Rammurthy, Founder, CEO & MD, MicroWorld Technologies
Govind Rammurthy set up MicroWorld in the year 1993 with a team of three engineers and started indigenously developing AntiVirus and Content Security solutions. Today as CEO and Managing Director, Rammurthy takes a hands-on approach in managing day to day affairs of the company and is also responsible for the technical aspect of the business. Under his leadership, MicroWorld has become a renowned name in providing Information Security Solution and continues to grow world wide.

Rammurthy has been a part of the IT industry for over 18 years. He has been involved in developing products for the Information Security industry for more than 15 years and is a recognized software expert in the industry circles. Prior to MicroWorld, he had a brief stint at TELCO. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering with specialization in Computer Science from VJTI, Mumbai.


Himanshu Singh, MD, Travelocity India
Himanshu Singh is the Managing Director of Travelocity India. His responsibilities include leading the Travelocity India strategy and team, marketing, supplier relations, customer service and B2B opportunities. Singh has a wealth of experience in online travel B2B and B2C management, covering e-commerce, e-marketing, e-distribution and e-sales in India and beyond. His background covers various business leadership roles with companies including Hotel Leela Venture (which had partnerships with Four Seasons and Kempinski), Traveljini.com (an internet startup promoted by ICICI Bank) and most recently Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces (A TATA Enterprise), as their group head of Global Distribution and Electronic Sales and Marketing.

He holds a Degree in Hotel Management from the National Council of Hotel Management, Ministry of Tourism (PUSA) in India; a Masters in Tourism and Hospitality Management and has completed an Advanced General Management Development Program from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, where he was awarded the second prize, among all participants for his project on 'Strategic Next Steps in Electronic Distribution'. He was nominated to attend the 'Foundations of Leadership Program' at the TATA Management Development Centre, (TMTC), Pune. Singh’s Alumni connections include: Welham; National Council of Hotel Management-PUSA; IIM-Bangalore; Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad; Cornell Hotel School & Leading Hotels Schools of the World. Among his noted achievements, Singh has been awarded the Taj Business Excellence Award for 2005 for 'outstanding contribution' (individual Category); and is a recipient of the Sales and Marketing - Super Achiever Award 2004-05. Himanshu is a member of many travel and industry associations in India, including the IMA, HEDNA, and HSA.

Well travelled, and an avid reader, when Singh travels, he chooses destinations which allow him to explore the outdoors and, in particular, pursue his love of trekking and dirt track motoring. Valley of Flowers, in the Himalayas is a particular holiday-destination favorite.



Kailash Katkar, CEO, Quick Heal Technologies
Kailash Katkar is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quick Heal Technologies. He is the founder of Quick Heal Technologies, and is responsible for managing sales, marketing, customer services, technical support and order administration functions nationwide.

In his initial role he established a nationwide dealers and distributor network in major cities of India. Quick Heal Technologies now has 16 branches all over India. This is done under the successful management of Katkar.

Katkar is a recipient of several awards, notable of which are Rotary Recognition award for his exemplary contribution in the field of IT as a promising and emerging Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurs International Honors for his significant achievement as a First Generation Entrepreneur.



Keshav Murgesh, CEO, Syntel
Keshav Murugesh joined Syntel [NASDAQ: SYNT] as CFO in May 2002 from the conglomerate ITC Limited. As CFO, he was responsible for transitioning the entire Finance Function of Syntel from the U.S. to India, a first for any U.S. listed and Registered Company. He became Chief Operating Officer in October 2004, President and COO in December 2006 and President and CEO in February 2009.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Murgesh is responsible for Syntel's global IT Services and KPO businesses. Since taking over as COO in 2004, Keshav has grown the revenues of Syntel from $185 Mn to $410 Mn and EPS from $1.01 to $2.10 and global employee base from 4000 persons to in excess of 12,000. Syntel is a leading global IT and KPO company, is listed on NASDAQ and has a market capitalization of approx. $1 Bn.

Murgesh holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has spoken at various Forums and is the Chairman of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) India, a global organization that is involved in educational outreach projects in partnership with business across the globe. He was honored with the Champion of SIFE Award at the SIFE World Cup in New York in October 2007, an award given to only 4 persons across the world and he was the only awardee from Asia.



Ravishankar G., MD & CEO, Geometric
Ravishankar G. is the Managing Director and CEO at Geometric. He joined Geometric in February 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and has since played a key role in shaping the Company’s strategic direction. Ravishankar assumed the responsibilities of the MD & CEO in February 2009.

He has over 17 years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting and risk management in manufacturing and financial services businesses. Prior to joining Geometric, Ravishankar was the CFO of GE Healthcare - South Asia. During his tenure with GE Healthcare, he played a key role in turning the healthcare business around and growing it successfully in the South Asia region. Between 1994 and 2002, Ravishankar held various positions in the areas of risk management and corporate financing with GE, India. He started his career with Rane (Madras) Ltd., an automobile ancillary company, where he held various positions in the areas of costing, management accounting and financial accounting. Ravishankar is a Chartered and Cost Accountant with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. He is a graduate of the prestigious 'Experience Finance Leadership Program' by GE and has done an executive education program on 'Corporate Financial Strategies for Creating Shareholder Value' from Kellogg School of Management.



Satya Prabhakar, Founder & CEO, Sulekha.com
Satya Prabhakar is the founder and CEO of Sulekha.com, one of the most popular Indian Internet sites that pioneered the integration of classifieds and local search with social media in 50 cities. Sulekha partners with companies such as Vodafone, Reliance, Airtel, Sify to offer Classifieds and Yellow Pages services through mobile and online platforms.

Prabhakar raised $15 million from Indigo Monsoon Group and Norwest Venture Partners. He grew Sulekha.com from two employees to more than 500 employees with 10 offices in India, U.S. and Canada. He leads a team of world class professionals in developing revenue-generating services that were acclaimed by users, media and industry.

Prabhakar has also been featured in nearly 500 news stories and has been invited to speak in about 200 conferences, industry gatherings and academic/corporate institutions, including Wharton, McCombs, ISB Hyderabad, IIM Calcutta, IIT Bombay, REC Trichy, and NIT Singapore. He has also authored nearly about technical and general interest articles.



Sharad Sanghi, Founder & CEO, NetMagic Solutions
Sharad Sanghi is the founder and CEO of NetMagic Solutions. He founded NetMagic in July 1998. An industry veteran, Sanghi has been involved in setting up Internet backbones and provisioning Internet services in the industry from 1990. He is one of the few Indians to have worked as an engineer of the first major backbone of the Internet - NSFNet in the U.S.

During his six-year stint in the U.S., Sanghi worked for the Unified Network Management Architecture Group at AT&T Bell Labs (the Engineering Group for the NSFNET (ANS)) and the Router Systems Development Group for Advantis (IBM Global Network). Thereafter, he was a consultant with Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust for designing and deploying wide area networks. On his return to India, Sanghi provided technical consulting services for ISPs and large enterprises.

Sanghi has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay and a Masters from Columbia University, New York. He is also member of the board of NIXI.



Suresh Elangovan, Founder, CEO & MD, Mindlogicx
Suresh Elangovan is a graduate from College of Engineering, Guindy (now Anna University, Chennai). He is currently the CEO & MD of Mindlogicx Infotech Limited, a Bangalore based IT Services Company specialized in virtual learning, e-governance and tele-education framework.

A leader from his college days itself, he was the Union President at College of Engineering, Guindy during 1983-84 and had led many forums and committees of Universities and government sectors.

Elangovan has devoted himself to promoting computer education and training in the country for the last two decades. He regards IT as a tool for massive social and economic transformation. During 1987 to 1996, he took computer education to rural masses by setting up IT training centers in major towns of the Tamilnadu by an innovative programme called COMPUTER AWARNESS PROGRAMME IN SCHOOLS (CAPS). He also initiated many steps to implement IT applications in private, quasi govt. and educational institutions / research centers. He also served as a consultant to Diocese of Madras – Mylapore and set up computer training centers in many schools under their umbrella during 1984-87.

Hardworking and persistent, Elangovan believes in keeping a positive mindset. He is an avid reader and loves technology beyond all else. His current activities include consulting on the academic issues of major Technical Universities in IT and Management learning and learning process automation.



Venki Nishtala, CTO, Rediff.com
Venki Nishtala is the Chief Technology at Rediff.com. He is responsible for all products and technology strategy and also oversees the product engineering and the portal operations. As part of his responsibilities, he mentors and manages relationships with a variety of business, technology and solution partners around the country.

Prior to Rediff.com, Nishtala served as Managing Director at CyberCash's product development center at Bangalore. CyberCash pioneered the world's first micropayment on Internet and is now part of VeriSign, U.S.

He obtained his Master's in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras, and his Bachelor's Degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad.



Vishal Sharma, Founder & CEO, (!) Zimblee (A Yureekah Company)
Vishal Sharma is a serial entrepreneur, an internet evangelist and is the founder and CEO (!) Zimblee (A Yureekah Company). He has been in the interactive space for more than ten years and has run successful full service interactive firms such as Mantra Solutions, India and 30SevenDesign LLC, New York, which were acquired by leading design boutiques in the U.S. He has a decade of management experience in advertising, branding, marketing, and publishing in both interactive and traditional media.

He started iThink Labs in 2005 which is an offshore digital media buying/ selling outfit with operations in India, Middle East and New York. He remains to sit on the board of iThink Labs and mentors the team. His recent startup is (!)Yureekah, a technology company with products including (!)Yureekah Search- the first search engine for the online media industry and Zimblee – a self serve platform for online advertising. Sharma is responsible for product and technology innovation in addition to business modeling, strategy and finance.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics from the University of Pune. Sharma has also been quoted in numerous publications including OMMA, Media Post, Times of India, TechWhack, Alootechie, Indian Web Start Ups, PluggdIn, Tech Pluto, Killer Startups, Social Median and Smart Techie.


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"SiliconIndia Startup City 2009 was conducted in a professional way and was wonderfully organized. The catch of the event is the stalls held by respective partners. It was very helpful to reach the target audience. We would like to shake hands with you for all events in future."

Bala Murugan V, CFO,
Cogzidel Consultancy Services

"The event was very helpful to us as we were looking at opportunities to meet with potential investors and to present our company to them. StartupCity presented the perfect forum to connect with multiple investors, exchange information and present our company to a diverse audience at the exhibition booth. We thank SiliconIndia for hosting such a focused event."

Atul Joshi, Head - Business development,
VLife Technologies

"Being at SiliconIndia Startupcity was an amazing experience for us. The energy and enthusiasm, both from the visitors and exhibitors has to be seen to be believed. If you are a startup and are in the IT sector, don't miss out on SiliconIndia - you will form a multitude of business connections; and if not, it's one hell of a learning experience nonetheless."

Sanket Nadhani, Director, Marketing,
InfoSoft Global

"A must for every current or a future startup, tech enthusiast, Entrepreneur and VC. The only event that gives the 'complete picture' of the startup scenario in India in a single day. Take away form this event for LyteCube has been invaluable"

Maheedhar PV, Founder and CEO,
Lytecube Technologies