Shilpi Sharma

About Me

Shilpi is Co-Founder & CEO of Kvantum, a marketing performance analytics company. Shilpi holds a M.S. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and MBA from UC Davis. Prior to co-founding, Shilpi spent 15+ years in strategic consulting, M&A and product development. While advising companies like Adobe, Microsoft, McAfee; Shilpi built a foundation of what it takes to build, scale and sell software as-a service business. In last 4 years, Shilpi has grown Kvantum from $0 to multi-million dollar business while creating a high performance driven & customer focused culture. Shilpi mentors/advises many startups globally and is a Director of StartupGrind Fremont chapter. She is a regular contributor to Inc., TheNextWeb, Women2.0, and SmallBizTrends.

My blog posts

Q&A With Andrew Ponec, CEO of Dragonfly Systems

Andrew Ponec is the co-founder and CEO of Dragonfly Systems, a solar technology company spun out from Stanford’s electrical engineering department. Dragonfly Systems develops small electronics devices that improve efficiency and reduce installation costs for large commercial and utility-scale solar power installations. In 2014, Dragonfly Systems was acquired by SunPower Corporation, a US-based solar company with the world’s most efficient commercial solar cells. Andrew was also named in Forbes’ 2014 “30 under 30” list for his work in solar energy, and is currently focusing on building efficient energy use and affordable housing technologies. In this Q&A, we dive into Andrew’s background and the circumstances that enabled him to launch a startup at 19, sell it at 20 and continue to make progress thereafter:

Startup Marketing 101 with Aaron Carpenter, CCO at Hubnami

In March, Startup Grind Fremont hosted Aaron Carpenter, the Chief Customer Officer at Hubnami, a social media management startup where he oversees all sales, marketing, and user experience efforts for the company. Aaron Carpenter joined Hubnami with 17 years of experience in digital marketing, e-commerce, site design, and sales, most recently as Vice President of Global Marketing at The North Face. Here are some valuable tips from Aaron Carpenter about effective marketing:

Watch Your Burn Rate, says Akamai Co-Founder - and Don't Learn the Hard Way

Since founding Cervin Ventures an investor, Preetish Nijhawan has taken all the lessons learned from his wins and failures as co-founder of Akamai and Ivita Corporation to mentor the best founders in the world. His sweet spot is with early stage B2B software companies raising $1MM to $2MM, and in January, he brought these hard-earned insights to the Startup Grind Fremont audience.