HeadStart Conference at Hyderabad on 12th March 2010


Time Hall 1 (ITsAP Showcase) Hall 2 (HeadStart Showcase) Hall 3 (Startup Unconference)
08:30 Registrations
09:00 — 10:30 Inauguration (Hall 1)
Welcome address: M. Narsimha Rao, President, ITsAP
Address by Guest of Honor: BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman & MD, Infotech Enterprises
Address by Chief Guest: H'ble Sri. Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, Minister for IT&C,
Youth Services and Sports, Govt. of AP
10:30 — 11:30 Panel Discussion: Unconventional Sources of Funding (Hall 1)
11:30 — 12:30 Product Showcase:Startups - Established Indian Companies(ITsAP) HeadStart Startup Showcase  
12:30 — 13:45 Product Showcase:MNC(ITsAP)   Challenges in social entrepreneurship
13:45 — 14:15 Lunch
14:15 — 15:15 Plenary Panel Discussion: Indian Products Going Global (Hall 1)
15:15 — 16:15 Product Showcase:Startups - Mobile/Emerging(ITsAP) HeadStart Startup Showcase  
16:15 — 17:15 Product Showcase: Established Indian Companies (ITsAP)   Business Plan Mistakes
17:15 — 17:30 Tea Break
17:30 — 18:45 Product Showcase:Startups - Enterprise(ITsAP) HeadStart Startup Showcase  
18:45 — 20:00 CIO/CTO Focus Product Showcase:Social Impact(ITsAP)  
20:00 Dinner
* Unconference sessions are informal sessions with high interaction between panellists and audience


HeadStart March 2010 Panels

Challenges in social entrepreneurship

For a developing economy like India with millions below the poverty line, social entrepreneurship is not yet a mainstream option. So what impedes India from producing more social enterprises? Why do such enterprises struggle to scale? What can we learn from existing successful social entrepreneurs and how can we accelerate the creation of large profitable social enterprises?

  • Moderator: Lindsay Clinton, Managing Editor, Beyond Profit
  • Yasmina McCarty, Co-Founder & CEO,  Greenmango
  • NK Ramakrishna, Co-Founder & CEO,  RangDe
  • Ali Asghar, CEO, Roshan Vikas
  • V Ramesh, Founder CEO & Director, Ecomove Solutions


Indian products going global

It’s a received wisdom that Indian product companies fail in selling in global markets. The reasons usually cited are product mismatch due to distance from the customers, cultural dissonances, need for investments into local offices and relationships etc. Some entrepreneurs have challenged this received wisdom and have built revenues from international markets. This panel would invite some of the entrepreneurs to share their stories and learning and also discuss how other entrepreneurs should approach international markets.

  • Moderator: Salil Godika, CSO, Mindtree
  • Girish G. Vaidya, Former Head of Finacle and Infosys Leadership Institute
  • Jay Pullur, CEO, Pramati Technologies
  • ST Prasad, CEO, Bartronics
  • DD Ganguly, CEO, Dimdim


Unconventional Sources of funding

A frequently heard grouse of entrepreneurs is lack of funding for start ups in India. While it holds true in several cases, in many others the root cause is lack of understanding of funding sources beyond VCs and Angel Networks. This panel would focus on such unconventional sources of funding. It would bring together some entrepreneurs who have benefited from such unconventional sources and some decision makers at such unconventional sources.

  • Moderator: Anant Rao, Entrepreneur & Angel investor
  • Swaroop CH, Product Leader, Infibeam
  • KV Vishnu Raju, Chairman, Sri Vishnu Educational Society



In an interactive session with entrepreneurs and members from startups, CIOs give insights into issues they are facing and industry trends observed by them. They comment on the relevance and impact of some of the solutions and ideas they have seen or were presented to them. CIOs will also take time to interact with startups at the expo and event.

  • Moderator: Ramesh Loganathan, VP (Products) and MD of Progress Software India
  • Ben Walters, CTO, Runaware
  • Dr. Richard Bentley, VP, Technical Services, Progress Apama
  • Vikram Dhanda, VP & Head IT Operations, Reliance Tech Services


Business Plan mistakes

How to make a business plan continues to be a big question in the minds of first time entrepreneurs. Instead of yet another talk on this subject, this session would have two seasoned entrepreneurs and investors recreate a business plan riddled with mistakes that they have seen and walk through it for the benefit of the audience. Two entrepreneurs from the audiences would join them on stage to pose alternatives and to question.

  • Moderator: Sateesh Andra, VC, DFJ India
  • Raghu Batta, Partner, Ojas Ventures
  • Binny Bansal, Founder, Flipkart
  • Rohit Rathi, Co-founder and Product Development Head, Notion Ink



    Swaroop CH, Product Leader, Infibeam

    Started career at Yahoo!, then Adobe, then co-founded a startup, has written two technical books, one of which is used as a text book in more than ten universities worldwide, writes a popular blog that has been consistently rated one of the top ten blogs in India [1], as an Entrepreneurship, he started right from college by selling Linux CDs in the days of dial-up internet.  Co-founder of the team that created ion, the iPod Charger, as featured in the Economic Times .  Just finished a full-time experiment called IonLab . Currently a product leader at InfiBeam.com   and is a marathoner. His hobbies include reading books, running marathons and trekking. Swaroop graduated in Computer Science from PESIT, Bangalore.

    Anant Rao, Entrepreneur & Angel investor

    Ananth Rao is an angel investor focusing on India based or India dependent companies. He has investments in India & US in companies in the technology, and clean tech sectors. He works closely with these companies assisting with corporate strategy, execution planning and team building.
    Ananth is a proven entrepreneur with extensive background in general management, corporate strategy, product development, marketing & sales. Ananth was Founder of JP Mobile in the US, acquired by Good Technology, which was later acquired by Motorola in 2007.  Over a span of 10 years at JP Mobile, he provided strategic direction, made 4 acquisitions, raised over $60M in multiple rounds, and grew the team primarily in the US and India. Following that he led efforts for JP Mobile’s acquisition and worked through the integration. Proir to JP Mobile, Ananth worked in Versant & Nortel.

    Yasmina McCarty, Co-Founder & CEO, Greenmango

    Yasmina leads GreenMango’s day-to-day operations including sales, marketing, HR and finance.  Before creating and launching GreenMango, Yasmina was a Senior Associate at Women's World Banking where she designed and led the company's program to apply traditional marketing practices to the microfinance sector. She conducted customer research, developed marketing strategies and improved customer service with microfinance organizations around the world, including India, Pakistan, Kenya, Colombia, Brazil, Jordan, Mexico and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has spoken at prestigious industry events, conducted trainings for senior executives and has authored a publication on her work. Before entering the field of microfinance, she was an Account Manager at a top advertising agency, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, developing campaigns and corporate brands for clients such as eBay. Yasmina graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School.

    NK Ramakrishna, Co-Founder & CEO, RangDe

    Ram is the passionate guy at Rang De. The team believes that his passion can even move mountains. A techie in his previous avatar, Ram is the Chief Executive Officer and also co-founded Rang De. He thinks and dreams big and often pushes the team to think out of the box. When he gets some time from work, he can be seen doing road trips across the country or watching his favourite film at the cinema.

    Sateesh Andra, VC, DFJ India

    Sateesh Andra is a Venture Partner with DFJ India. On behalf of DFJ, Sateesh serves on the boards of Ginger soft Media and Top Chalks. He is an Independent Director with Dhanalakshmi Bank and an Angel Investor in MetroMela. As a Private Investor earlier, Sateesh has also invested in India/U.S Venture Capital Funds. With hands-on start-up experience and in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of VC funding, he looks for highly motivated and energetic entrepreneurs as partners. 

    Sateesh started his Silicon Valley career in the early nineties and has extensive background in general management, marketing, product strategy and technology development. Prior to DFJ, Sateesh was the founder and CEO of Euclid Software, a leader in the IT Governance space. He has also served in product marketing and engineering leadership roles at Tsqware (Conexant), LSI Logic, VLSI Technology (Philips) and Wipro. He is actively involved with TiE-ISB Connect, an annual networking event for entrepreneurs and investors. Sateesh holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering.

    Salil Godika, CSO, Mindtree

    Salil Godika is the Chief Strategy Officer of MindTree. He is chartered with formulating the company’s long term growth strategy, development of new business areas / non-linear models and heads the M&A function. He drives the annual planning process and assists the MindTree’s Heads of practices and industries in the development of business and goes to market strategies. 
    Salil joined MindTree in 2007 after spending 14 years in US working for various enterprise technology companies. He has extensive experience handling various stages of the company and product life cycle including conceptualization, marketing, and commercialization. His prior stints include companies like i2 Technologies, EMC/Documentum, Dassault Systems and startup in RFID space.
    Salil holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial engineeging from IIT, Roorkee and Master’s in Manufacturing Engineeging from Boston University.

    Girish G. Vaidya, Former Head of Finacle and Infosys Leadership Institute

    Girish has a wide ranging and rich experience of 35 years in banking, technology and people development in senior leadership positions. He worked for 11 years with Infosys and for almost 24 years with ANZ Grind lays Bank. He joined Infosys as Head of Finacle Business Division which took Finacle to a position of being a globally respected Core Banking Solution. Finacle was launched under his leadership in July 2000. From being less than 1% of Infosys revenues in 1999, Finacle rose to 4.5% of Infosys revenues in 2005 recording a CAGR growth rate of 50%+. Finacle was also recognized as leader in its space by analysts such as Gartner, Celent and Forrester.  
    Girish transitioned out of Finacle towards the end of 2005 and worked with Infosys Board to develop top level leadership heading Infosys Leadership Institute (ILI) till 31st December 2009. A Leadership Competency Model was finalized and used for selection and assessment of senior leaders during his stint as the head of ILI.
    Girish was in two committees appointed by the Reserve Bank of India to review and recommend changes to banking processes. He is a PGDM from IIM Calcutta and a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Bombay. He was ranked second at the University level in the B.E. examination.

    Jay Pullur, CEO, Pramati Technologies

    Jay Pullur founded Pramati Technologies (www.pramati.com) a Middleware leader from Asia that built the first J2EE compliant application server a decade ago. Pramati is recognized for its pioneering contribution to Java standards and scalable web architectures. Subsequently, Jay went on to explore how social technologies can help businesses, including online retail, which led to successful launch of SocialTwist a leading Word of Mouth Marketing service used by many leading brands and Global 2000 corporations. Jay is very passionate about use of social tools and web 2.0 for business benefit. Jay holds Masters in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

    ST Prasad, CEO, Bartronics

    S.T.Prasad, has been involved with the field of computer applications since 25 years, having started as a programmer analyst at Tata Burroughs Ltd. Over the last 10 years he has been closely associated with Bartronics India Ltd, an enterprise focused on identification technologies.
    He has exposure to various sectors of industry and has held senior executive positions in Marketing, Production and Greenfield ventures.

    Prasad obtained his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Warangal. His interests besides business are reading humour, adventure and sci-fi.

    DD Ganguly, CEO, Dimdim

    Previously, as Vice President of Product Development at CA (NYSE:CA; $ 3.5B) he built and led an organization of 1000+ members. He joined CA in 2001 upon its acquisition of Boston based AIM, Inc. where he was founder and CEO. DD holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a master's degree in computer science from Syracuse University, where he was a University Fellow. He is a proud father and lucky husband. He does not sing well but that has never deterred him from trying.

    Mr. Binny Bansal, Co-founder and COO, Flipkart.com

    Binny Bansal, 27, originally from Chandigarh, is the co-founder and COO – Sales and Operations, of Flipkart.com. An IIT Delhi (Computer Science) Graduate from the 2005 batch, Binny started his career at Sarnoff India, working on US Defence Projects, where he worked for 18 months. He then moved to Amazon.com, where he realized his interest in e-commerce and the scope for it in the country.

    In 2007, Binny along with long time friend and associate, Sachin Bansal, started Flipkart.com, to retail books. Together they have taken Flipkart from a start-up to being the country’s largest online bookstore in a matter of two years. The company has grown ten times over the last one year and they aim to touch the Rs 25 crore mark by March 2010.

    KV Vishnu Raju, Chairman, Sri Vishnu Educational Society

    Chairman of Sri Vishnu Educational Society, running a group of Educational Institutions at three major Campuses: Nizampet Road, Hyderabad, Narsapur, Medak Dt., 3.Bhimavaram, West Godavari Dt., Andhra Pradesh.  The Engineering  under Sri Vishnu Educational Society are: Brief Profile of Mr.K.V.Vishnu Raju, Chairman, Sri Vishnu Educational Society and CMD, Anjani Portland Cement Ltd.

    Mr.Vishnu Raju is a B.Tech. graduate in Chemical Engineering from Regional Engg. College, Trichy (1985) (now, National Institute Technology, Trichy), and M.S.Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA. (1987).

    After serving in Dupont, USA, for three and half years, he returned to India in 1991 to serve as Executive Director, Joint Managing Director and Managing Director with M/S Raasi Cement Ltd., Hyderabad.  Presently, he is Chairman and Managing Director, Anjani Portland Cement Ltd., (www.anjanicement.com) Hyderabad. He is also, Padmasri Dr.B.V.Raju Institute of Technology, Narsapur, Medak Dt. – www.bvrit.ac.in. Shri Vishnu Engineering College, Bhimavaram, WG Dt.-www.svecw.edu.in, Chairman of Hitech Print Systems, Vijayawada – http://www.hitechprint.com/, Chairman  of Sai Aditya Foods, ( Brand Name-Fresh Choice), Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, Chairman of Anjani Projects & Constructions Ltd.

    Lindsay Clinton, Managing Editor, Beyond Profit

    Lindsay Clinton leads the Publications team at Intellecap, a social development advisory firm based in India, where she is the Editor of the industry publications Microfinance Insights and Beyond Profit. She also directs several research initiatives for the company. Ms. Clinton has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and is a freelance writer for the The New York Times, the Austin American Statesman, and MINT, the Indian affiliate of the Wall Street Journal. She is also a regular blogger for The New York Times blog, In Transit. She has extensive knowledge of microfinance, social enterprise, brand strategy, gender and women’s leadership, and publishing. She is currently the Director of Social Ventures for the Young Leaders' Forum of the Indian Merchant Chambers, is a mentor for the Unreasonable Institute, and speaks regularly on social enterprise.

    Raghu Batta, Partner, Ojas Ventures

    Raghu joined Ojas Ventures in June 2008, after a five year stint at VantagePoint Venture Partners (San Bruno, CA), with an investment focus on wireline/wireless infrastructure-applications and digital media infrastructure.  At VPVP,  he was a key member of team that led investments in Spatial Wireless (sold for $275M to Alcatel), Widevine, (software based security platforms for IPTV and Open Internet), Entrisphere (sold to Ericsson for $290M), LiveScribe (revolutionary SmartPen computer), ProtoStar (Satellites over South Asia), Iand Innopath (over the air updates for cellphones). He also sold two companies (Kagoor Networks to Juniper and Alopa Networks to C-Cor), as a board member representing VantagePoint. 
    Prior to VantagePoint, he worked for over 11 years at various Data Comm and Telecoms companies in the San Francisco Bay Area in  Prod Mgmt, Business Development and M&A at various companies that include Madge Networks, Bay Networks, Assured Access, Alcatel, and CopperCom.

    Ali Asghar, CEO, Roshan Vikas

    Born into a business family I managed my family business for 16 years before straying into community development work after the ghastly communal riots in Hyderabad in 1990. Played a key role in setting up COVA – a national network for  communal harmony, peace and social justice.  Experiences during relief work after the riots left a lasting impression on the mind and a firm conviction that economic empowerment of the poor and the marginalised is the key to lasting communal harmony and peace. I helped in setting up the thrift an credit programme of COVA which later grew into Roshan Vikas Thrift Cooperative and today has a membership of over 12 000 women from both the communities and cumulative deposits of about Rs. 10 million

    I also played a key role in bringing together women artisans practicing traditional crafts for subsistence wages into a cooperative society – Mahila Sanatkar Cooperative- which helps them to adopt their crafts to new techniques of production and designs, thus helping in their revival.
    Participation in the Social Impact course and Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) programme of Santa Clara University – USA  enabled me to set a specialist organisation – Roshan Vikas Foundation to address urban poverty issues through self sustainable community owned and governed financial institutions focussing on capital formation, livelihood development and empowerment of women.

    V Ramesh, Founder CEO & Director, Ecomove Solutions

    When it comes to chaotic traffic, India is probably the most notorious country in the world.  The number of vehicles in metros like Delhi Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, also Hyderabad, is increasing by thousands every day.  And, the quality of the air we breathe is deteriorating rapidly.  Alumnus of IIM Bangalore and ESADE Barcelona, V Ramesh, a former CEO of an established broking company Prabhudas Lilladher, has launched Ecomove Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company which aims to attack our traffic and environmental woes at the same time.  In the world where the middle-class is dreaming of Nanos for the entire household, Ramesh is pushing hard to raise awareness about environmental issues and make it a fun, economically and ecologically healthy commute daily.  He has launched FreMo, Indias 1st networked bicycle sharing programme.  FreMo which is derived from the words Freedom to Move (it gives each of its members freedom by not depending on the auto guys and buses’ tantrums).  FreMo plans to have depots at strategic locations from where member can pick up the bicycles and drop it at any other convenient depot of the member’s choice.  Established in 2008, the company has just moved into revenue stage, and aims to have at least 200 depots in Mumbai and expansions to 10 other cities by 2011. For this innovative initiative, he has achieved the following awards:

    Ecomove Solutions Pvt Ltd was selected as a Top-30 finalist in the Hottest Startups competition conducted by TATA NEN out of a total of 588 nominations.  In the final, Ecomove ended up as 8th in the list. Mr Ramesh was awarded “Star Entrepreneur Award” for the innovation at the 2nd Indira International Innovation Summit 2009. Mr Ramesh was awarded the “Best Innovative Business Idea” at the 3rd Indira India International Innovation Summit 2010. Ecomove Solutions was awarded the “Best Innovative Startup of the Year” at the 3rd Indira India International Innovation Summit 2010.

    Rohit Rathi, Co-founder and Product Development Head, Notion Ink.

    An engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur, Rohit has expertise in Embedded systems, Programmable Logic Devices and Consumer Electronics. He is currently leading the Hardware Design Team at Notion Ink.


    Ben Walters, CTO, Runaware

    Ben has 20 years of experience in the software industry, focused on Enterprise IT Infrastructures.  He started as a developer with a number of software startups in various industries. In 1994 he joined ViewSoft, where he was instrumental in creating revolutionary application development tools. In 1999 ViewSoft was acquired by Citrix, where he spent the next 7 years working in the Advanced Products Group on corporate strategy, technology research and M&A. With Citrix, Ben was instrumental in designing and implementing Autonomic Deployment and Management platforms for Enterprise IT.  Currently, Ben is the Chief Technology Officer of Runaware, a global leader in SaaS platforms for marketing software applications, and a Cloud platform provider.  Ben has consulted for Xerox, Dow Jones, the Toronto Stock Exchange, Tandem, Microsoft, Duracell, Chevron, Schlumberger and others. Ben is a named inventor on one issued patent and several pending patents and is a frequent speaker at software industry conferences.

    Ramesh Loganathan, VP (Products) and MD of Progress Software India

    Ramesh Loganathan, Vice President (Products) and Managing Director of Progress Software in India, is responsible for leading the product development at the India Development center. The development center is organized in a COE (Centre of Expertise) model, where groups are inline with technology horizontals that work on multiple products/components. Present COEs include Eclipse based Development tools, Web based management tooling and Adapters. He provides strategic guidance to all PSI’s product teams with a specific focus on cross–product features and leverage for the SOA, Event and Data integration products. Prior to Progress, he was the Vice President of Product Engineering at Pramati responsible for driving the product development (J2EE servers/studio), product direction and later built the Technology Consulting business.

    Ramesh is an accomplished Technologist and evangelist regularly speaking at workshops and seminars in India. He has also been a Member of several Standards Expert groups (JCP, SPEC) including J2EE 1.3. Co-founded ebXMLIndia.org and hyd-eclipse.org, and organizes BarCamps and Startup events. In addition he is an adjunct faculty at IIIT, Hyderabad and supports Student Startups.


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