February is a month of Entrepreneurship with the EWeek by NEN Currently going on from 7th to 14th of Feb. Hence going with the mood for entrepreneuship we are organising our 4th panel discussion and we are hosting it at Aamchi Mumbai. Check out the details below:
WATBlog Panel on Entrepreneurship In Digital Media – Opportunities & Challenges is being organised at NMIMS College in Mumbai on 20th February, 2009. This is in association with the Ecell of NMIMS University.
We aim to answer the following questions via the panel:
- Digital Media In India – What are the ripe opportunities?
- Digital Media In India – What are the big challenges?
- What it takes to build a scalable digital media company?
- What skill sets are required to build a great team for a digital media company?
- Role of Investors/Mentors & Funding
- Future growth prospects and Advice to aspiring & Existing entrepreneurs
The panelists are:
Alok Kejriwal – CEO Games2win.com
Alok Kejriwal is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the CEO and co-founder of Games2win – his forth company. His previous ventures include contests2win.com – one of India’s best recognized Internet brands, Mobile2win – acquired by Walt Disney in China and Norwest ventures in India and Media2win – one of the top 3 Interactive agencies in India. Alok is a child of the Internet and has built companies in India, China and the US. He has vast fund raising experiences, having raised VC money from the likes of Softbank, Siemens, ICICI Venture, Clearstone Venture, Nexus Capital and Silicon Valley Bank. Alok collaborates with like minded partners to start up companies and pavement pounds himself to create business traction. His signature is the ability to companies that capture tremendous value with minimal capital investment. Outside of work Alok collects Indian contemporary art and is an avid student of the Art of Living.
Beerud Seth – Co-founder & CEO of Webaroo
Beerud is a Co-founder & CEO of Webaroo. Prior to Webaroo, Beerud founded Elance, the pioneer of the world’s largest online services marketplace. He played various leadership roles at different stages of the company’s growth, including developing product and business strategies, product management, marketing & business development, and remains on the board of directors. Prior to founding Elance, Beerud worked in the financial services industry; modeling, structuring, and trading fixed income securities and derivatives at Merrill Lynch and before that at Citicorp Securities. His graduate research, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, involved developing autonomous learning software agents for personalized news filtering.
Beerud earned an M.S. in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology & a B.Tech in Computer Science IIT Bombay, where he was awarded the Institute Silver Medal.
Mahesh Murthy – Founder and CEO of Pinstorm
Founder and CEO of Pinstorm, Mahesh has 24 years of marketing and communications experience – of which over 14 years are in online marketing.
After dropping out of college, Mahesh sold vacuum cleaners from door to door, worked with Grey in India and Ogilvy in Hong Kong, where he won notoriety and awards as a creative director on HP, The Economist, Pepsi and MTV – for whom he wrote and directed a spot voted “Asia’s best commercial of the decade”.
He then moved to a Silicon Valley firm, CKS Partners (later, USWeb/CKS) as Creative Director, General Manager and Partner – where he helped launch the first commercial version of Yahoo in 1995 and the Earth’s Biggest Bookstore campaign for Amazon.com in 1997. After a successful NASDAQ IPO, Mahesh moved to head marketing at iCat, an e-commerce firm in Seattle subsequently acquired by Intel.
Mahesh then returned to India to run Channel V, a rival to MTV, till its sale to Newscorp in 2000 and then founded Passionfund to invest in startups. Some of his investees include Geodesic (a 300-bagger), Compassbox – acquired by Careerlauncher, Cypherix, Indiaproperties, EBS and Webdunia. Mahesh penned a reasonably infamous column in Business Today and Businessworld, and played the Donald Trump-equivalent role in Business Baazigar, a game show similar to The Apprentice, involving entrepreneurs and business plans.
While running search marketing campaigns for his favourite charity in 2003, Mahesh believed there was a need for a pay-for-performance online marketing company – and set up Pinstorm in Bombay. With over 120 people across 7 offices in India, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Europe and the US, Pinstorm is today among the world’s leading digital marketing firms.
Mahesh has a passion for early-stage investing and teamed up with Pravin Gandhi and Bharati Jacob (ex-Infinity) in 2006 to set up Seedfund, today a leading early-stage venture capital fund in India. Seedfund already has 10 investments, including Carwale.com, Printo, RedBus.in, AFAQs.com and Vaatsalya.
Sameer Guglani – Founder – Morpheus Ventures
Sameer is a serial entrepreneur with 10+ years of professional experience, out of which 9+ years have been spent with startups. He has a broad and varied set of experiences and expertise. At the age of 27, Sameer co-founded Madhouse Media in 2004, India’s first online/offline movie rentals company and successfully exited with acquisition by Seventymm in 2007. Post acquisition he was Vice President – Corporate Strategy, Seventymm for one year. Before this he has worked startups like Sonim Inc, Telephia, moblf across India, US and Europe.
Sameer is also an independent film maker with film festivals movies to his credit. He has a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Thapar University, India. He loves meeting people, travelling and reading. Sameer is very bullish on Indian startups and believes that 5 years from now startups will contribute to a significant part of the Indian Economy. He blogs at sameer.madhouse.in
The panel would be followed by a Mixer and Dinner.
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