Mr. Sam Santhosh is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in initiating and running successful businesses. Sam is an investor and mentor for many companies and is currently a board member at Impelsys Inc, New York, ePay Healthcare, San Francisco, SciGenom Labs, Cochin, Emerge Ventures, Singapore and the Centre for Commercialization of Antibodies (CCAB) Toronto, Canada.
Prior to this Sam was the CEO and Managing Director of California Software Limited (Calsoft) from 1992-2012. He founded Calsoft in 1992 and under Sam’s vision Calsoft rapidly grew from a niche player in the Silicon Valley to a global player with over 1200 employees and presence in 8 countries. Sam took Calsoft public and listed the company in the Indian Stock Exchanges. From 2004 to 2009, Sam focused on inorganic growth through eight acquisitions including companies in U.S, UK, Japan and India. Post 2009, Sam oversaw the sale of the Calsoft group companies to different buyers across the world.
Mahesh Pratapneni specializes in incubating product companies in the education, healthcare, and data/analytics sectors. He is focused on helping launch, re-engineer and support small and mid-sized technology driven businesses. He is known for building outstanding global teams and creating value by leveraging his experience in product visualization, development and management; and his expertise in building global delivery models.Currently, Mahesh serves as Managing Director of Singapore-based EmergeOut Ventures. He also serves as Executive Director of MedGenome, advisor to Oversite Data Services, and Board Member of Impelsys. His previous experiences include serving as EVP of CalSoft Group; SVP of OneWest Bank and IndyMac Bank; and CTO of Ocwen, Financial Services. Mahesh earned his undergraduate degree in electronics and communications from IIT Madras, and his MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Mr. Dhiraj C. Rajaram is the founder of Mu Sigma Inc. and serves as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. At Mu Sigma, Mr. Rajaram is responsible for vision and strategic direction, building teams, aligning organizational resources to a customer centric vision and delivering profitable growth Since 2004, Mr. Rajaram has built Mu Sigma from ground up during which time, he executed activities that included raising seed and growth capital for the venture, securing key fortune 100 customers, incubating a delivery unit and hiring key leadership members into Mu Sigma.Before Mu Sigma, Mr. Rajaram advised senior executives across a variety of verticals as a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Rajaram holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has also received an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University.
Abhay is a Managing Director with Sequoia Capital. Based in Mumbai, Abhay spearheads investments in the healthcare, energy and outsourcing sectors. Some of his investments include Moolchand Hospitals, GVK Biosciences, Coastal Projects and Ind-Bharath Power.
Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Abhay was head of Real Estate and Infrastructure investment banking at DSP Merrill Lynch where he led capital raising for the largest Indian companies in these sectors including the largest Indian initial public offering for DLF Ltd. Previously, Abhay worked at McKinsey & Co, in Mumbai and Johannesburg, where he worked with a number of leading Indian corporations in the Media & Entertainment and Manufacturing sectors.
Abhay received an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay.