Mason has over 30 years of experience in the financial, administrative, and operational areas of a broad range of firms spanning technology, biotech, retail, and property management. He served as a CFO of Air Communications, a supplier of wireless Internet products and services. He has also held senior financial positions with Safeway Corporation, the Fairmont Hotel Group, and Sutter Hill Ventures, a Palo Alto VC firm. Mason began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick. He earned his BA and MBA from the UC Berkeley.
Dr. Ashish Gupta is a co-founder of Helion and serves on several boards including Kirusa, Komli, MySmartPrice.com, Pubmatic, and SMSGupshup. He has co-founded two successful companies – Tavant Technologies and Junglee (AMZN). He has also worked at Woodside Fund, Oracle Corporation, and IBM research. Some of his past investments include Daksh (IBM), InfoEdge (NAUKRI), MakeMyTrip (MMYT), MuSigma, Odesk, and Redbus (MIH). Ashish is a Kauffman Fellow, holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur where he was awarded the President’s Gold medal.
Dr. Sanjai Tiwari started smartData Enterprises Inc. in 1996 and was instrumental in securing the early financing and first customer in Silicon Valley. He is an active Chairman guiding the management, finance, legal, corporate structure, and expansion strategy. He has worked and lived overseas in the US and Japan for more than 30 years and speaks 3 languages. He earned Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT Kanpur, Masters and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Chairman conducts Mixer and Mountain Climbing Invitation events during his frequent visits to India and loves watching cricket and playing golf.
Archana, a core member of Think-Tank from past 19 years, working as VP-Operations. She played a major role to setup Nagpur branch, which is now a leading company in central India with 300+ IT professionals. She loves to travel all over the globe to understand the growing needs of IT, also to understand the culture similarities at different geo-locations. As an independent thinker, she evaluates business requirements easily while taking care of 3C (Commitment, Customer Centricity and Credibility).
Vinay’s responsibilities include corporate finance, corporate planning, risk management, and investor relations. He has over 17+ years of experience in IT industries and during this tenure, he held several leadership positions with smartData. He also worked with the Board to define the organizational structure and implement global operational strategies, increase revenues and actualize business value.
Gurdev has been a member of the smartData Corporate Think-Tank since 2003 and has led several strategic initiatives. With a passion for technology and gadgets, Gurdev has served several positions during his 13+ years of work experience in smartData to facilitate processes at all levels. He holds the position of VP technology and also heads the R&D department.
Ajay Tewari, Chief Executive Officer, earned his B.Tech HND from Marine safety Agency UK and Bachelor of Nautical Sciences from Bombay University, India. As an alumnus of T.S.Rajendra, he has served international shipping companies for 11 years before he kick-started his entrepreneurial journey with smartData as it’s co-founder in 1999. He worked in the capacity of VP Operations and initially sales was his forte. He was given the charge of smartData in 2004 as its CEO and under his leadership the organization has grown from 50 employees to more than 850 employees today. He has played a key role in expanding smartData sales, traveling frequently to US, UK, and Australia to meet global clients. His proactive people management and inclusive leadership style make him a favorite amongst his team. Ajay is a very well read person and his command over his subjects is impeccable.
He has also served as the President of TIE Chandigarh Chapter for 2015-16 term and is one of the founding members of the group & regularly mentors budding entrepreneurs. He is an avid sports lover and follows all sports closely – cricket being his favorite. He is an active trekker and has successfully scaled Everest base camp twice, Kanchenjunga base camp & recently Rupin pass to name a few.