Anand Rajaraman

Anand Rajaraman

Founding Partner, Rocketship.vc & Milliways Ventures

Anand Rajaraman founded rocketship.vc in 2015 which is pioneering a new approach to Venture Capital using Big Data and algorithms. He founded Junglee Corp. in 1996 with four other engineers, which pioneered Internet comparison shopping. It was acquired by Amazon in August 1998. He went on to become Director of Technology at Amazon.com, where he helped launch the Amazon.com’s retail platform, enabling third website,now Amazon’s fastest-growing and most profitable business segment. Anand co-founded Cambrian Ventures, an early stage VC fund, in 2000. Cambrian went on to back several companies later acquired by Google. Cambrian has funded companies like Mobissimo, Aster Data Systems and TheFind.com. In 2005, the business partners co-founded Kosmix, a website which organizes the Internet by topic. In April 2011, Kosmix was acquired by Walmart.He serves as a consulting assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University,Rajaraman also has a blog called Datawocky, on which he discusses data mining techniques in search, social media,and advertising.Rajaraman was born in Chennai, India. He has an MS and a Phd in Computerscience from Stanford University anda Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from IIT Madras.

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Frank Islam

Frank Islam

Owner, FI Investment Group

Frank F. Islam is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and thought leader. Frank has a special commitment to civic, educational and artistic causes. In all of his endeavors, he strives to create opportunities that are sustainable and uplifting for humanity — guided by the virtues of hard work, focus, quality, innovation and kindness. Frank currently heads the FI Investment Group, a private investment holding company that he established in 2007 after he sold his information technology firm, the QSS Group. Frank founded the QSS Group in 1994 and built it from 1 employee to more than 2,000 employees and revenues of approximately $300M before its sale. Frank devotes the majority of time currently to a wide variety of civic and philanthropic activities.

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Sumir Chadha

Sumir Chadha

Co-founder, Westbridge Capital Partners

Sumir Chadha is Co-founder and Managing Director at Westbridge Capital Partners, focusing on investments in public and late stage private companies in India. Sumir co-founded India's leading venture capital fund in 2000, and invests in the Indian venture capital industry for the past ten years in several industries including offshore services,consumer internet and financial services. Prior to co-founding WestBridge, Sumir was a member of the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he led a number of successful software and services investments. Prior to that, Sumir worked at McKinsey & Co. in New York and New Delhi. Prior to this, he served as Chairman at Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. Sumir serves on the Advisory Board at Granite Hill Capital Partners, LLC, and is a Member on Boards of numerous organizations. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the US-India Venture Capital Association (US-IVCA) and also a
Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). Sumir received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University.

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Asha Jadeja

Asha Jadeja

Angel Investor and Philanthropist

Asha Jadeja is an angel investor and philanthropist based in Silicon Valley. She invests in for-profit tech, internet and high social impact start-ups in the Bay Area, New York and India. Asha and her husband Rajeev Motwani co-invested in over 100 startups as angels. Rajeev was the founding advisor to Google and the author of Google’s algorithmic architecture. Asha is the founder and managing director of Dot Edu Ventures. Asha launched the Rajeev Circle Fellowship in order to help Indian entrepreneurs “visit and connect with entrepreneurs, mentors and seed investors in Silicon Valley.” Motwani helped introduce Maker Faire in India in 2012, gaining inspiration from California’s Maker Faire. She is also introducing Maker Fest Pakistan in an attempt to “create a civilian bridge between India and Pakistan.” She is the trustee of the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, a charitable organization based in Palo Alto and Ahmedabad, India. The Foundation aims to support entrepreneurs in under-served pockets of the world to promote world-class entrepreneurship at a local level. Motwani is a civil engineer by training. Her graduate studies at UC Berkeley and Stanford included urban planing and political science.

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Bharat Desai

Bharat Desai

Co-founder, Syntel

Bharat Desai is Chairman of Syntel, which he co-founded with his wife, Neerja Sethi from their apartment in Troy, Michigan in 1980 with $2,000, bringing in $30,000 in revenue in the first year. Thirty-eight years later, the tech consulting and outsourcing company has nearly 24,000 employees across the globe and generated nearly $1 billion in revenue in 2016. Among other services, Syntel provides Software as a service (SaaS), delivering applications over the Internet.Bharat was born in Kenya, lived in Mombasa and Ahmedabad, and came to the U.S. in 1976 as a programmer for
Tata. He received his engineering degree from IIT-Bombay, and his MBA from Ross School of Business in Michigan. Bharat is director of ExpenseAdvisor and Cyberstate.org and a Member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) of Detroit. He has received the award for IIT Alumnus of the Year and been recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as a “Minority Business All-star.” He is a board member of several educational institutions, including the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He currently resides with his wife and two children in Fischer Island, Florida.

Desh Deshpande

Desh Deshpande

Founder at Deshpande Foundation

Desh Deshpande is the Chair of the Sparta Group and the Deshpande Foundation. Desh has made several investments in India and his foundation has developed a unique Innovation sandbox program that is being scaled from three to twenty areas in India. He is also chair of Akshaya Patra an organization that feeds 1.4 million needy school children every day 

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Kris Gopalkrishnan

Kris Gopalkrishnan

Co-founder and Executive Vice-Chairman, Infosys

Kris Gopalkrishnan has been the President of CII since 2013. He is a co-founder of Axilor Ventures. In 1981 he co-founded Infosys and served as the CEO and MD from June 2007 until August 2011. Since June 2014 he has been serving as non Executive Vice Chairman of Infosys Ltd. He also serves as a Director on the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation

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Sunil Wadhwani

Sunil Wadhwani

Founder Donor, WISH Foundation

Sunil Wadhwani is the Co-Founder and Ex Chairman of IGATE Corporation. Sunil was one of the early pioneers of the IT industry, and his vision has guided the development and execution of IGATE’s worldwide strategy. In addition to IGATE, Sunil is the Co- Founder and Chairman of the Board of Mastech Corporation, a provider of high-value information technology services and solutions. Sunil has started and co-funded several innovations-focused companies and start-ups for the past 30 years. To pursue his passion and commitment for improving healthcare service delivery, Sunil established Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Healthcare (or WISH Foundation), a non-profit headquartered in New Delhi to support innovations in healthcare. With an aim of building an equitable healthcare system, WISH is making quality healthcare accessible to underserved populations in priority states and has committed several million dollars to scale over 50 healthcare innovations.