BALAJI RENUKUMAR

FOUNDER, CEO

WORKFLOWS AND AUTOMATION EXPERT | INNOVATOR IN OPERATIONS | SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Balaji has a perennial drive to make industrial and enterprise processes more efficient by using automation and hi-tech. Balaji’s passion is to execute solutions that make Operations and Processes in Enterprise/Industries more efficient by advancing the digital technologies into smart automation technologies. After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering from IIT, he worked in Research & Development in elite Academic and Research Institutions, ETH Zurich, RWTH Aachen, DLR in Europe. Later he moved on to Business Development and Consulting in Germany and France before embarking on Entrepreneurship across India, Europe, and recently Silicon Valley.

RAGHUNANDAN GORUR

VP, ENGINEERING

FULL LIFE CYCLE PRODUCT/SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT | ENTERPRISE & HIGH-LEVEL/LOW-LEVEL ARCHITECTURE

Raghu is an Innovator, Architect, Hands-on Technical leader, Analyst, and Support specialist with over 16 years of experience in contributing to advanced company performance through skillful alignment of technical resources with enterprise objectives. Raghu has expertize in Internationalization Application Design, Object-Oriented Methodologies, Software Development Life Cycle Process Analysis, Client Interaction, Web Applications Development, User Experience Enhancement, Team Leadership, Production Support, Project Management, Open source technologies, GraphDB, Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation(RPA)

ASHWANI DHAWAN

CONSULTING DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

ENTREPRENEUR | TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS LEADER

Ashwani is the Founder, Partner & Program Director at SliderBar, Palo Alto, CA. He has 20+ years of leadership roles in Product Development and Program Management for Enterprise IT/Data Center Management Software, Networking, Medical Radiation Devices. His experience spans complete Life Cycle Management of Products/Programs including Systems Architecture, Software Development, Systems Integration, Business Development, Strategic Sourcing, Contract Management and Technical Sales for large companies, startups and boutique consulting organization.

MARIUSZ BURACZYŃSKI

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mariusz has 25+ years of professional experience. He was either in the founding team or one of the first few employees of KDPW-a clearing house for derivatives, pension funds (PTE Norwich Union), Polish electricity market and related instruments (POLPX). He progressed his career on the capital market working for PeKaO Bank, PTE Norwich Union. Since 2000, he has been associated with the energy industry working for WSE InfoEngine (as CFE), PGE (as Director of Risk Management), Virtual Power Plant (as CEO) and a member of the board of PGE Trading GmbH.

JAKUB KANIA

SENIOR FRONTEND DEVELOPER

Jakub is a professional software engineer and frontend developer with 14+ years of experience in UI development, specializing in the React framework and accompanying solutions. He has worked with tech companies, helping to build technology-based businesses from the ground up. He's also been collaborating with a variety of companies including small startups and big communities - from the initial architecture to final deployment. His expertise lies in building apps with an emphasis on using best practices, performance, code optimization to develop high quality software.

TOMASZ NAPIERAŁA

SENIOR DEVOPS ENGINEER

Tomasz is an engineer and manager in IT and product management areas with over 20 years of experience. During his career, he had the opportunity to work and implement projects for both the largest companies in Poland such as Allegro, as well as international technology giants, including Intel, AT&T, Google, Dell. He also participated in the development of open source projects such as Kubernetes, where he was the founder and served as the leader of the Kubernetes On Prem SIG. He is also a highly regarded manager. Currently involved in investment banking projects, traditional and on cryptocurrency markets.

ALEKSANDRA ŚWIĄTEK

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Aleksandra has many years of experience in customer service working for Transkinetik and e-Kiosk. She also worked as a Standard Excellence Expert where she gained more experience in Teamwork and collaboration between different branches. Now at Sensfix she coordinates the work of many departments. Aleksandra has a lot of experience working with people making sure every workflow is correctly executed. She studied at University of Science in Lublin and has a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics.

RAMAKRISHNA AKELLA

ADVISER

Prof. Akella has many years of experience in programming and teaching. He has worked with more than 200 companies in various fields – fmcg, healthcare, digital marketing, FinTech and car software. He specializes primarily in AI, ML and OR technologies. He gained professional experience as an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Berkeley and Stanford, where he worked mainly in management, engineering, computer science, Information and medicine. His main specializations are AI/ML, Deep Learning in the IoT industry, healthcare industry (cooperation with Hitachi, Cisco, WDC, Samsung), FinTecho (collaboration with Swiss Re), Temporal Big Data Analytics (DoC/NIST/NSF).

EDWARD COPELAND

ADVISER

Edward Copeland has delivered multiple millions in aggregate cost savings throughout his career by creating progressive solutions, building innovative programs, and fostering environments defined by strategic excellence. Edward is a versatile Operations Leader with outstanding expertise in growth-focused direction, leveraging his technological skills to implement new systems and services, streamlining operations and increasing profits. Strong team builder who builds and leads high-performance cross-functional teams, delivering exceptional business and technical leadership, unafraid of risk. He is highly regarded for defining and deploying solutions and projects in complex Facility Design.

FARHAT ALI

ADVISER, STRATEGY

LEADERSHIP CAPABILITY | TECHNOLOGY ACUMEN | STRATEGY

Farhat Ali is a former president & chief executive officer of Fujitsu America. He has also been president of Integnology, an IT strategy consulting company, and founder/advisor to many startups. At Fujitsu America he led Information Technology operations consisting of over 10,000 employees in US, Canada, Central America, India and Philippines. His major contributions at Fujitsu include building an effective executive team, turning around the PC Business, expanding sales channels, and successfully merging Fujitsu operations in North America. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and holds a MBA from Harvard Business School.

MICHAEL YORKER

ADVISER

Michael has 21+ years of experience of Facilities and Project Management, contract and lease negotiations, client development, relationship building, and customer service experience. Roles include key decision-making, space planning, corporate buyer, property procurement, needs assessment, system furniture planning, inventory, tenant improvement management, construction project management, tenant improvements, managing building security, and improvements, customer support and commercial space planning via AutoCAD R14 through 2016 in firms between 22 and 1,200 employees. Experience also includes Teaching BCLS/CPR, for the American Heart Association, restaurant/bar management, retail, and the hospitality industries in the US, UK, and South America.

MICHAEL KAPLAN

ADVISOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

TECH-SAVVY FINANCIAL OPERATIONS PROFESSIONAL

Michael’s career running finance operations in Silicon Valley, built on a Wall Street and management consulting background, has given him a 360° view of tech companies. Having seen the typical startup problems – the growing pains, the existential issues, the quest for the right investors – he believes each company is unique and requires unique solutions. He is helping sensfix not only by managing a unique financial model for its Enterprise SaaS, but he frees up founders from the business drudgery that otherwise curtails their speed to the market. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Cornell and a MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.

PRAKASH NARAYAN

ADVISER, TECHNOLOGY

PRODUCT VISION & STRATEGY | SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT | DELIVERY | PARTNER ALLIANCES

Over 20 years experience in all phases of software development life cycle from concept to delivery with recent experience in designing, and driving the implementation of Mobile applications with client-server architecture encompassing aggregation and delivery of high value data. Experience in managing complex projects and driving them on schedule to completion. Delivered Industry Seminars / written White Papers on Java technologies and Social Networking. Excellent grasp of Software Development Tools, OS programming, application tuning & analysis. Built partner alliances, nurtured mutually beneficial relationships, interacted with VCs / Analysts

RAVI CHERUVU

ADVISER

Dr. Cheruvu has many years of experience in the field of artificial intelligence. He has gained experience while working at the Administrative Staff College of India, as well as Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), IBM, EDS, NEC, TELSTRA, IAG and Latrobe University Australia. He was also an advisor to AAAI USA. Dr. Cheruvu has been working with IT companies developing AI/NLP-based products for 15 years. In addition, Dr. Cheruvu is the author of many scientific articles presented at international and national conferences in the field of NLP, MLIR. He is an architect of the first commercial Vector processor in India and developed the most powerful Prolog compiler in India.

MADAN ANKAPURA

ADVISER, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

PRODUCT LEADER AT GOOGLE

Madan has 15+ years experience in building hardware/software products, product roadmaps, program management, prioritizing tasks, software development lifecycle management, driving technical architecture and building teams that deliver. An MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Madan earlier worked with a startup developing video watermarking technology before working with Samsung and Google. Madan’s passion is problem-solving with technology. He has Product/Engineering experience in growing/scaling android of the partner ecosystem and improving the battery life of smartphones.
Special Interest in Companies working on Convergence of Web, Mobile, and Broadcast (TV/Radio). Technologies and monetizing via SaaS and PaaS Business Models.

DR. RALPH WERNER

ADVISER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Various senior leadership positions at ecommerce, advertising & online classifieds companies (National Semiconductors, eBay, mobile.de, Adconion, Naspers, Matomy, Deutsche Telekom, RingierAxelSpringer Media AG, Dekamedia). Passion for tech driven innovation and business models. Wide range of expertise and skills built over the years from semiconductor manufacturing technology, management consulting and strategy development online marketplaces, digital advertising on the buy and sell side, internet business models Business Development and Software Sales Network Security Software Re-organisation & transformation processes

RAHUL SHUKLA

ADVISER, PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

SPECIALIST IN CREATING WEB & MOBILE PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR SAAS BUSINESS SOLUTION FOR B2B AND B2C CONTEXT

Rahul B.Tech, Electrical from IIT(Kanpur) – is Co-Founder, CTO, and Software Architect at Elementora a mobile data discovery-led self-learning platform to model user’s money persona and present contextually relevant money-saving recommendations. He is a Communication Oriented Problem-Solution WorkFlow Product Expert, specializing in creating Web & Mobile Products suitable for SaaS Business Solution for B2B and B2C context.
Special Interest in Companies working on Convergence of Web, Mobile, and Broadcast (TV/Radio). Technologies and monetizing via SaaS and PaaS Business Models.

ANIL ADVANI

ADVISER

Anil is an advisor, lawyer, angel investor, and mentor to early-stage startup founders in Silicon Valley and across the world. He advises early-stage start-up companies from 2-3 "guys in the garage" to global multinational corporations from inception through the life-cycle of the venture, negotiating angel and venture financings, customer and licensing transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Over the last 19 years working at powerhouse law firms like Cooley Godward and Orrick Herrington, and now Inventus Law, he has represented over 3,000 startups, angels, and founders, and has been involved in almost 500 financing and M&A transactions valued at over $3 billion in the aggregate.

CIGDEM TORAMAN

ADVISER, MARKETING/INVESTOR RELATIONS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP | MARKETING | TECHNOLOGY | MEDIA | FINANCE| RETAIL VENTURE CAPITAL.

Cigdem Toraman Managing Director, StartersHub US and Startupbootcamp Scale San Francisco -has consistently played leading roles in her career of 30 years, which include building the electronic trading system for Borsa Istanbul (BIST) in early 1990s, managing all of the research and development activities of Karma International in the second half of 1990s, a 10 year period in Dogan Holding, (one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates) with positions including Group Director responsible for Media Sales, Marketing and Technology in Dogan Gazetecilik and later the General Manager of Dogan Online’s private shopping site. After managing the country-wide operations of the global personalization technology company Phorm in 2012-2013, she started her own business in digital media and e-commerce. Currently, Cigdem Toraman also has responsibilities as a business advisor to an executive board member of several startups (Monument, Segmentify, Cabture, Teleporter, Wisboo, Smart Mimic, Sixa, Eventbaxx, Meditopia, Thread In Motion, Poltio, Kimola).

SANJIT SINGH DANG

ADVISER

Dr. Sanjit Singh Dang has been a successful Venture Capitalist, Corporate Executive, Board Member, Speaker, and Writer in Silicon Valley for almost two decades. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman of U First Capital which provides Venture Capital as a Service to Corporations. Prior to that, he was at Intel Capital where he had an excellent track record of driving 1 Exit every year: DocuSign (IPO 2018), Body Labs (2017), VokeVR ( 2016), Maginatics (2015) and Basis Science (2014). He has been an Investor and Board Member of several companies, including True Fit, Reflektion, Helpshift, and Enlighted. Sanjit has experience investing in Consumer and Enterprise sectors across several areas: Transportation, AI, Security, Big Data, IoT, Virtual Reality, eCommerce, etc.