We are excited to welcome the following venture capitalists and thought leaders to our discussion:
Professor of Technology @ Kellogg School of Management
Prof. Sawhney is the McCormick Tribune Foundation Clinical Professor of Technology at the Kellogg School of Management – he is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in strategic marketing, innovation and new media. His research and teaching interests include marketing and media in the digital world, process-centric marketing, collaborative marketing, organic growth and network-centric innovation. He has been widely recognized as a thought leader. Business Week named him as one of the 25 most influential people in e-Business. Crain’s Chicago Business named him a member of “40 under 40”, a select group of young business leaders in the Chicago area. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
Senior Associate @ Shasta Ventures
Joydeep is a Senior Associate at Shasta Ventures where he serves as a Board Observer at Crittercism, Typesafe, LiveIntent and Adometry. He has deep experience in technical, operational and leadership roles in the software industry in India and the US. At Microsoft, he managed the 50-person cross-functional team that conceived, developed and launched Lync online – the collaboration and web conferencing component of Office 365 – Microsoft’s SaaS productivity suite. Office 365 became one of Microsoft’s fastest growing products, gaining over 5 million purchases in its first three months. He also oversaw the real-time transition of over 10 million existing customers to the new version of the product. Before Office 365, Joydeep was a developer in Microsoft Office Live where he was awarded two US patents for co-architecting the highly scalable provisioning and merchandising platform. With the extensive grounding in technology development, Joydeep’s investment focus is on companies with a vision to disrupt and improve enterprise and software development workflows. This includes Enterprise SaaS, Cloud Computing infrastructure, Big Data and other related innovations. Joydeep’s enthusiasm for entrepreneurs isn’t limited to the high tech arena; in 2012, after winning a fellowship grant for rural development, he co-founded a franchise-model goat farming enterprise, bringing national marketing and distribution to rural production in India. When fully scaled, the 30,000-goat venture will create $200 million revenue improving the livelihood of up to 50,000 rural households. / Joydeep earned his MBA from Kellogg School of Management, where he was a CRTI fellow, and a BE degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University.
Associate @ New World Ventures
Peter is an Associate at New World Ventures where he focuses on early-stage investments in internet, software and digital media. Prior to joining New World Ventures, Peter was an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York, where he advised clients in the consumer and retail sectors on debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and the structuring and origination of leveraged buyouts. Peter is a graduate of The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and Management. Peter also studied at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he concentrated in Finance and Information Systems.