Mentors and Advisors

Saras Saraswathi
Professor Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration
Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy is a member of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Ethics area. In addition to MBA and doctoral courses in entrepreneurship at Darden, she teaches in doctoral programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. In 2007, Sarasvathy was named one of the top 18 entrepreneurship professors by Fortune Small Business magazine. In 2013, Babson College awarded her an honorary doctorate for the impact of her work on entrepreneurship education. In addition to the Jamuna Raghavan Chair at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Sarasvathy currently holds a chair professorship from Nankai University in Tianjin, China and a jubilee professorship from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition to teaching awards from other universities, she won the 2015 Mead-Colley Honored Faculty Award from UVA for active engagement with students.
Sharad Sharma
Founder iSpirt
Sharad Sharma is a co-founder of iSPIRT, a non-profit industry think tank that wants India to be a Product Nation. He has held a number of senior executive positions with leading technology companies. Most recently he was a SVP at Yahoo! and CEO of its India R&D. Previously he turned around VERITAS operations in India. He also brought AT&T/Lucent R&D to India as an intrapreneur. He was given the R&D Visionary Award by Zinnov in 2008. Sharad is one of the active technology angel investors in India. He is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded Teltier, now part of Cisco, and is currently the CEO of BrandSigma Inc. Sharad has an Electrical Engineering degree from Delhi College of Engineering.
Dr Sudhakar Varanasi
Sudhakar Varanasi had his education at IIT, Kharagpur (1969-74) and obtained a Ph D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. From academics he moved to the corporate world and joined the IT wave in India in 1991. He was a founding director of Tiger Software, and then moved to Satyam Computer Services. He started EMRI (Emergency Management Research Institute) in 2005 which pioneered large scale deployment of emergency services for the first time in India under a public-private-partnership model. This model is currently operational in 20 states in India and runs about several thousand ambulances. Sudhakar helped set up similar emergency and health services in Bhutan. He then moved to the CEO position at CoOptions Technologies to set up a state wide ICT platform across Andhra Pradesh to reach 3 million farmers in villages to bring about financial inclusion. He is the Chief Mentor and head of Emergent Institute based in Bangalore. He mentors many individuals and organisations and challenges them to take on large social causes using innovation, technology and spirit of entrepreneurship.

Manjula Sridhar
Founder ArgByte, Founder iKen
Manjula Sridhar is the founder of ArgByte Technologies (http://www.argbyte.com) an online platform for cyber security for Individuals.She has an extensive background in technology industry. In her previous roles, she was a Sr director with Arcot a payment security company (acquired by CA Technologies). Before Arcot she was the founder and CTO of Aujas Network. She spent large part of early career with Lucent Technologies and worked in wireless network domain. She is a fellow at ispirt and a mentor at IIMB's incubation center NSRCell as well as Microsoft Ventures
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Prasanna Krishnamoorthy
Founder & Anchor
Entrepreneur:Two startups in network security & social referral marketing. Operator:Working intensely with 80+ startups to make them LARGE at Microsoft Ventures India. Volunteer:Serving in iSPIRT to make India a Product Nation. With my startups in MV, I am a full-stack growth driver: from biz planning for growth, frameworks for growth, aligning engineering for traction, innovating on product, mktg & sales plans to tactically crafting pitches & one-liners, & reviewing ads. Growing my startups is everything I look to do. In my own startups, I've done everything that needed to get done - development, testing, support, product management, sales, marketing, customer interaction,`