Inviting You To WATBlog Panel On Digital Commerce At IIM Bangalore On 15th August

After a summer sabbatical we are back! Our last panel discussion was in February and now we can coming with another one this August on Digital Commerce.

WATBlog Panel on Digital Commerce – Opportunities & Challenges is being organised at IIM Bangalore in on 15th August, 2009. This is a part of the Eximius Entrepreneurship Summit at IIM Bangalore.


We aim to answer the following questions via the panel:

  1. Digital Commerce – What are the ripe opportunities?
  2. Digital Commerce – What are the big challenges?
  3. What it takes to build a scalable digital commerce company?
  4. Impact and Longterm and Shorterm Of Recent RBI Regulations On Credit Cards
  5. Role of Alternate payment systems in growth of Digital Commerce
  6. Ewallets and their potential in India
  7. Future growth prospects and Advice to aspiring & Existing entrepreneurs

The panelists  are:

Kashyap Vadapalli, Director – Marketing & Ops, eBay India

Kashyap Vadapalli, is Director – Marketing & Operations at eBay India. In this role, he is responsible for leading teams that drive all the buy-side business channels at eBay India. A member of eBay’s International Marketing Leadership team, Kashyap is responsible for building the eBay India Brand, Pop Culture, Customer Acquisition, Engagement and Retention as well as PaisaPay.

Prior to joining eBay India, Kashyap was at Google India where he led account teams responsible for revenue generation from US advertisers. Before Google, he was at Tata Interactive Systems – where he handled multiple roles, including – Head  – Marketing, Corporate Line of Business and Director – Sales & Business Development, USA.  Kashyap started his career with Cadbury India – he worked as a Sales Manager initially and then as Brand Manager.

Kashyap is an electronics engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra and an MBA from IIM-Calcutta.

Sarayu Srinivasan – Director – Intel Capital

Sarayu joined Intel Capital in 2006. Prior to Intel, she founded a technology consultancy focused on strategy, tech transfer, commercialization and valuation acceleration projects for early and growth stage science, technology & consumer businesses. Before her consultancy, Sarayu headed marketing for uReach Technologies, a converged communications service provider. Prior to uReach, Sarayu was a brand manager at the Pepsi-Cola company where she ran a $300MM business. Earlier, Sarayu conducted research at the Harvard Business School in the areas of Valuation, Finance, and Competition & Strategy. She authored case studies and papers, and contributed to the award winning textbook Business Analysis & Valuation Using Financial Statements. Sarayu also worked for Satyam Computers in India and the U.S. Sarayu serves on Intel India’s Social Entrepreneurship/CSR steering management committee. Outside of Intel, she serves on the Boards of Young Inventors International, Milldam Public Affairs, and the Advisory Board of Questionbox. As an analyst and author, she has published a range of academic and practitioner’s literature on business issues. Sarayu earned a BA in Architecture from Barnard College/Columbia University, an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and held a research fellowship at Harvard Business School.

Mukesh Bansal – Founder and CEO of

Mukesh founded the company in July 2006 with the vision of creating a marketplace where people can design and find unique, innovative gifts and products and where creative people can showcase their designs and make money in the process. Mukesh believes that there is no end to the products that can be custom made one at a time at affordable cost for end consumers. His vision is to continuously innovate and expand the offerings that customers can tailor to their individual tastes. Mukesh has more than 10 years of experience in multiple early stage start-ups in Silicon Valley [NexTag, eWanted, Centrata, newScale] in various product management and development positions. Mukesh holds a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Gautam Balijepalli, Principal – Ojas Ventures

Gautam has more than 12 years of experience in the technology sector in venture investing, business development and software development. Prior to Ojas, he was with the venture capital team at Nomura (NYSE: NMR), Japan’s largest investment bank, based in London. During his time at Nomura, he has syndicated investments of around $60m. He led and managed investments in Compellent (NYSE: CML), Revivio (Symantec) and NetForensics, as part of a team. Prior to Nomura, he gained experience in Business Development at Sun Microsystems and had significant senior management exposure while working on marketing initiatives for Sun’s software products. Gautam has experience in creating sales & marketing strategies targeted at CIOs as well as consulting to them on strategic IT initiatives. He has also held roles in consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers (IBM) and software development at Infosys. Gautam has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA from London Business School.

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Previous WATBlog Panel’s

  • WATBlog Panel Mumbai – 16th Oct 2008 – Digital Media in the next decade Pics & Video
  • WATBlog Panel Delhi – 12th Dec 2008 – Bridging the Digital Divide Pics & Videos
  • WATBlog Panel Bangalore – 23rd Jan 2009 – Lessons from Failure for Startups Pics & Video
  • WATBlog Panel Mumbai – 20th Feb 2009 – Entrepreneurship In Digital Media Pics & Analysis

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