Dhruv has an extensive background in developing and implementing business strategy, building new markets, assembling teams, and leading revenue generation efforts at both large technology companies and startups.
He has worked for and consulted with leading technology and financial services companies including AMD, ATI Technologies, 3Dlabs, Creative Labs, and Nexus (an exclusive IBM partner). Dhruv is an avid reader, cyclist, and a passionate sports fan who follows cricket with as much vigor as he follows baseball and American football.
Alex is the Managing Director of Conde Nast, a US based publishing house which has titles such as GQ, Glamour, Traveller and Vanity Fair under its umbrella. Prior to this, he was Managing Director, MTV Networks India & Executive Vice President, MTV Networks Asia. During his tenure, MTV was transformed from a single channel to a dynamic network consisting of three channels with the launch of kids' channel Nick and, most recently, VH1, India's only international music & lifestyle channel.
He has been a regular speaker at industry events organized by FICCI, CII and institutes like the Indian School of Business. He is a founding director of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation.
Anand is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and academic based in Silicon Valley. Anand is a Founding Partner of Milliways Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on early-stage technology companies. Prior to starting Milliways, he was SVP at Walmart Global eCommerce, where he co-headed @WalmartLabs, focused at the intersection of social, mobile, and commerce. Anand joined Walmart when Walmart acquired Kosmix, the startup he co-founded.
In his VC avatar, Anand is a Founding Partner of Cambrian Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. Anand's investments include Facebook (one of the earliest angel investors, in 2005); Kaltix (acquired by Google); Transformic (acquired by Google); Neoteris (acquired by Juniper); India Infoline (IPO 2005; INDIAINFO); Aster Data (acquired by Teradata); and Mobissimo.
Prior to founding Cambrian in 2000, Anand was Director of Technology at Amazon.com, where he was responsible for technology strategy. Anand came to Amazon.com in 1998 through the $250 Million acquisition of Junglee, an Internet pioneer that he co-founded in 1996.
Anand teaches at Stanford University. He has been featured in articles in Business Week, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other leading publications. In 2012, Fast Company magazine named Anand to its list of "100 Most Creative People in Business." In 2013, Anand was named a Distinguished Alumnus by his alma mater, IIT Madras.
Dr. Safwan Shah
Safwan is the founder and CEO of PayActiv Inc., an alternative payments startup. Prior to this he founded and led Infonox Inc., a payments technology pioneer that was acquired by Total Systems (NYSE:TSS). He has a deep understanding of the payments industry, technology products, services, value chain, transaction processing, and is the holder of several patents.
He serves as faculty mentor at Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley for courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Venture Finance in addition to being Adjunct faculty at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also advisor and partner at Adventure Capital, Pty., an early stage VC firm based in Melbourne, Australia.
Probir has over 20 years of experience in technology, operations, strategy and leadership roles in diverse technology-related industries. He has held senior positions in International Atomic Energy Agency, Department of Atomic Energy, India, Newscorp's Star TV India and EuroRSCG interactive before getting bit by the entrepreneurial bug in Webresource and Coruscant tec, prior to PayMate.
Probir likes to write and his articles have been published in various leading publications like Business Standard and Economic Times.