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Episode 14: Creating a Nurturing Startup Environment in India

In this episode we sat down with Founder/CEO of QikPod, Ravi Gururaj, for a quick chat  on:

  • Entrepreneurs & angel investors expectations from the Indian government in terms of policy making

  • NASSCOM’s new IoT center of excellence

  • Information for founders to know about this new initiative and how they can get involved

Ravi Gururaj is Founder/CEO of QikPod where he is building a nationwide network of parcel delivery lockers in partnership with top tier investors and strategic industry partners. Ravi is an entrepreneur / founder of 6 technology ventures, 2 which were acquired by public NASDAQ companies, an angel investor, a mentor to numerous entrepreneurs, technology executive, and ecosystem evangelist.

Over his 26-year career, Ravi has held wide ranging roles including promoting an STPI unit exporting software components out of India, product management at Intel, served as Managing Director of the Trilogy Software’s India engineering center, and founded multiple software product ventures.

Ravi is a member of NASSCOM’s Executive Council & Product Council, is member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA), is President of TiE Bangalore where he is a Charter Member on the Governing Council, is Co-Chair & Founder of the Penn & Wharton Club of Bangalore, is Co-Chair & Co-Founder of HBS Alumni Angels India, is Chief Mentor at Reliance Industries GenNext Startup Accelerator, is a member of the Govt. of Karnataka Startup Council and is a member of the CII Startup Council.

VMLogix, which Ravi founded in 2004 and funded by Bain Capital Ventures was acquired by Citrix in 2010. At Citrix, Ravi served as Vice President Products in the Cloud Platforms group, was a member of the global Citrix CTO Office, represented the Citrix Startup Accelerator and was on the India R&D leadership team.

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 Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology 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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