For the past 15 years, Derek has been building communities. He is the co-founder/CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies like Salesforce, Atlassian, Asana, and Duolingo build virtual and in-person communities. He co-founded Startup Grind, a community of 600 Chapters in 125 countries educating, inspiring, and connecting startup people. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 10,000 events for more than 500,000 people. In 2010 he co-founded Commonred which was acquired by Income.com. Derek also previously worked as a product manager at Electronic Arts. He currently lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife and four children.
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-founder & CEO
For the past 15 years Derek has been building communities. He is the Co-founder/CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies like Salesforce, Atlassian, Google, Snowflake, and Adobe build virtual and in-person communities. He co-founded Startup Grind, a community of 600 Chapters in 125 countries educating, inspiring, and connecting startup people. Since 2012, Startup Grind has hosted 15,000 e…
CEO and Co-Founder
Information technology department Telangana state government
Founder & CEO
IT Leader turned Entrepreneur: Ventured into entrepreneurship after having spent 20 long years in various leadership roles in the IT sector, particularly in the Telecom domain. Expertise ranges from jumpstarting and execution of BackOffice IT operations in India of Telecom majors to interact with business and translating business needs into efficient IT solutions, obtaining stakeholder buy-in from multiple business units, and providing data-driven inputs for strategic business development.
As Rajani embarked on her entrepreneurial journey post her Executive MBA from ISB, she evaluated several start-up ideas and zeroed in on her current venture – Zyppys.
• As co-founder of Zyppys, she has set up the operations, IT, and support infrastructure for our intercity travel business.
• Platform expertise: Delivered consumer and business strategic programs for data, voice, and value-added services on Wireless 3G, 4G LTE, Fiber and Copper.
• M&A: Delivered common platform for HSI orders when GTE merged with Bell Atlantic. System supported 7 million customers across Verizon footprint.
• Product Information Management: Helped businesses define product strategy by providing useful consumer insights.
• Business Development Support: Increased broadband revenue by designing and developing entry-level pricing products and exceeded the company's strategic goal of 1.3M Net Adds to Billing (NATBs). Won Verizon excellence award.
• Operational efficiencies: Lead multimillion billing and ordering system consolidation project, reduced operational cost by 4%.
• Learning and Development: Have been a constant learner. Recently completed the “Executive MBA” program for senior leaders in the Indian School of Business – with international modules in FDC Brazil, Kellogg, and Wharton.
From studying economics and psychology at Stanford to getting a fellowship in London, from working on the Nizamabad Sandbox to being an angel investor, Phani has done everything that could possibly be on one’s bucket list. Much before the Flipkart-Walmart deal made headlines, the acquisition of redBus by Goibibo was one of the earliest successful exit stories in the Indian startup ecosystem. Since his exit, Co-founder Phanindra (Phani) Sama has been doing different things. Now as the Chief Innovation Officer of Telangana State Innovation Cell.
Mr. Jayesh Ranjan is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1992 batch and working in the state of Telangana. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University, a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He has also done short courses in the University of Birmingham (on Environmental Policy Analysis), JICA training Institute, Tokyo (on lake remediation), London School of Economics (on Globalization and Leadership), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (in Public Policy), and Swedish Institute, Stockholm (on Sustainability and CSR). He is the All-India topper of his IAS batch of 1992. He was awarded World Bank’s Social Capital Visiting Scholarship in 2002 and the British Government’s Gurukul Chevening Scholarship in 2005.
He has done international consultancy assignments for the World Bank, UN-ESCAP, Sedatu project of Mexico, and for international NGOs working for Youth Issues like YES, Inc of the USA and NMC from Italy. He is a part of the National Pool of Trainers in Leadership constituted by the Government of India, and is involved in training and mentoring newly recruited Civil Servants.
BVR Mohan Reddy (born 1950) is an Indian business executive and engineering manager who founded and served as Executive Chairman of Cyient, (formerly Infotech Enterprises). He joined the DCM Group in 1974, and has subsequently worked with MICO Bosch, HCL, and OMC Computers Limited. He was the Chairman of NASSCOM from 2014–2015, and is a prolific business analyst.
Dr.Kishore is a Corporate Finance Professional & Economist with 25 years of experience in Credit, Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Legal and HR fields. He is an ex-banker and has worked for prestigious organizations. He served as Director and Committee Member of several companies. He is member of various associations. He has been championing the cause of Financial Literacy and Financial Wisdom for MSME and Start-ups and for management scholars. He guided more than 500 project works, authored various articles, been a privileged member of Economic Times CFO Ledger, and has been a resource person at various autonomous institutions.
A technopreneur Ketan has spent a significant part of his professional life involved with start-ups, providing him with the necessary vision and acumen to build a company from the ground up. Before co-founding Mettl, Ketan led the marketing division at Isango. Before this, he was also instrumental in setting up the eco-system for Indias first mobile payment & transaction platform at Indepay Networks. Ketan holds an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and a B.Tech Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.
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