Founding CEO Members
CEO & Founder, Kaizen Analytix
Extensive operational experience in general management, product planning, technology solution delivery and customer relationship management. Very good knowledge and experience in executing a strategic vision – led cross-functional teams in supply chain, marketing, manufacturing and production planning groups. Experience delivering technology solutions and transforming behind advanced planning and operational business processes to increase revenues, reduce costs and improve margins. MBA in Finance, Global Business and Law from New York University with experience in Medical Devices, Consumer Goods, Retail, Automotive, Media and Travel industries. Excellent people management and team management skills with experience working in an international setting. Exceptional communication and presentation skills with ability to work across all levels of an organization.
I am a lifelong entrepreneur with boundless curiosity and drive to learn. An engineer at heart, I love solving business, technical, financial and organizational problems – the more complex and greater the reward, the greater the enjoyment in attacking the problem. I am fiercely focused on TEAM building with a mission to support individuals and TEAMs in reaching their full potential. A former college athlete and current wannabe athlete, I am in constant quest of TEAM victories that raise expectations of where our collective potential can take us.
I gravitate to businesses that have traction but need TEAMs, systems and processes that scale. I believe the core VALUEs of honesty, integrity, humility, clarity, respect and accountability are pre-requisites for success. My TEAMs have consistently been honored with numerous awards on local, national and international levels for growth, respect of employees, philanthropic work and innovation.
Experienced public and PE backed private company President, CEO and GM with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Operations, Sales, Go-to-market Strategy, IT Strategy, and Professional Services. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Accounting and Computer Science from Boston College.
Shauvik Roy Choudhary
Dr. Shauvik Roy Choudhary is the Co-Founder & CEO of MoQuality, where he works on building cutting edge testing and support tools for mobile apps. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and his work was focused on techniques for cross-platform testing and maintenance for web and mobile applications. Prior to his PhD, Shauvik received his MS in Information Security from Georgia Tech and his BE in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University. Over the years, he has held several dev, testing and research positions at companies including, Google, Fujitsu Labs of America, Yahoo! Inc., IBM Research, Goldman Sachs and HSBC Software.
Co-Founder & CEO, GROUNDFLOOR
As an Internet ideologue and community organizer at heart, I enjoy attacking entrenched industry incumbents from a position of weakness.
Nick Bhargava & I met in 2012 and co-founded GROUNDFLOOR in early 2013. Previously, I led a team within Bandwidth.com through a successful product-market pivot that resulted in the concept, brand and launch of republic wireless.
CEO, East West
CEO & Founder at ZYCI CNC Machining
Mitch Free is the founder, and CEO of ZYCI CNC Machining (www.zyci.com). ZYCI is AS9100 Rev D and ISO 9001 certified and provides CNC machining, additive manufacturing and injection molding services. Mitch also founded MFG.com in 2000 and served as CEO and Chairman until 2013.
Mitch began his career as an apprentice machinist and developed a passion for applying advanced manufacturing technologies. Northwest Airlines recruited him to develop methods to reverse engineer and produce aircraft parts. Holder of multiple patents, his track record of innovation and leadership quickly led to senior management positions where he oversaw aircraft acquisition and commissioning projects worldwide. The vision for MFG.com propelled Mitch into the world of digital manufacturing where his pioneering work quickly established him as an industry leader.
A dynamic and sought-after presenter, Mr. Free has spoken at Northwestern University, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Fudan University in China, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and appears regularly on various NBC and Fox outlets including CNBC and Fox Business.
Mitch is a previous winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been featured in Start Up Playbook and Makers, the New Industrial Revolution. In 2016 Mitch co-authored a book on additive manufacturing titled The Great Disruption
Head of IoT Verticals Business Unit, Sierra Wireless
Achievement-oriented board director and CEO with a record of driving consistent results in both billion dollar businesses and high-growth, entrepreneurial companies. Have lead venture-backed, private-equity-backed, and public companies to successful acquisitions by top public companies.
Demonstrated success in sales and profit growth, operational excellence, financial discipline, organizational competence, capital-raising, and market strategy. Clear focus on creating high-performance organizations that envision and create successful outcomes.
Proven success in recruiting, developing, motivating, and retaining highly talented people. Intuitive ability to create an optimistic culture focused on achievement. Strong competence in analyzing markets, understanding critical business requirements, and enhancing competitiveness through improved offerings. Core strength in creating entrepreneurial strategies that have proven to fortify, drive, and grow sales and market share.
CEO, Rural Sourcing, Inc
Co-founder & CEO, Green Feather
CEO, Ally Commerce
Founder & CEO, PrintForm
Entrepreneurial and driven Chief Executive with 20 years of leading industry expertise in founding numerous companies in domestic and international marketplaces. Facilitator and builder of successful world-class businesses ranging from Manufacturing to IT Services to Business School to 3D Printing to Angel Investments to Dental Aligners, with a specialty in both start-up and scaled growth stages. Proven fundraising and networking skills, building fruitful partnerships with hundreds of clients and delivering multimillion-dollar bottom-line growth.
Mallu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from SDM College of Engineering, Karnataka, India and has also attended the Professional Education Short Programs – Additive Manufacturing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.A.
Chairman, Hive Financial Systems
Over the past decades, have helped acquire, restructure, and scale stagnant ventures in their management strategy, business process automation, back office automation, and capital solutions.
Invested and advised fast growth ventures and lecture Cyber Security, Agent Based Modeling, and on Quantitative Computational Finance, and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech’s College of Management & School of Industrial Engineering
President & CEO, Alora Healthcare Systems
In my 15 years of experience as a technologist and entrepreneur, I have done a variety of things. I started my first business right out of high school and was profitable in the first year. Just out of a passion I started a 501c3 which has grown to be the largest resource for Indian Music on the entire Internet. Under my leadership this organization has reached out to 170 countries and growing double digits year over year.
I have worked with many businesses to establish their product portfolio starting from Ideation, Innovation, Strategy to Implementation. My passion is to use my IT skills in creating simple solutions to solve complex problems.
My business works with large corporations analyzing their data and helping them increase their profitability by providing the C-Level executives with actionable insight.
Specialties: Data Analytics, Product Strategy & Management, Technology & Business Consulting
Senior Vice President, Sierra Wireless
I am experienced in global leadership, end-to-end customer experience, business ownership (complete P&L), product ownership, software design, support, test, product quality recoveries, and multi-site development. I focus on roles where there is opportunity for major change delivering products and services that significantly enhance the human experience.
Specialties: My specialties are customer experience, R&D, quality, and leadership.
President & CEO, Moonlight Therapeutics
Samir is an engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Moonlight Therapeutics. Moonlight Therapeutics is focused on improving the quality of life for people with food allergies by providing patient-friendly treatments. Prior to Moonlight Therapeutics, Samir was a co-founder of Clearside Biomedical (NASDAQ: CLSD). Clearside is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company developing targeted therapies for ocular diseases. He invented the suprachoroidal technology that lead to the creation of Clearside Biomedical and served as Director of Research from inception to the end of 2016. The company is currently in late-stage clinical trials in multiple indications and completed an IPO in 2016. Prior to that he was at Georgia Institute of Technology where he obtained his doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering and focused on research using microneedles for ocular drug delivery. He worked for Alza Corporation (A J&J company) on controlled release oral drug products between his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Samir obtained a dual B.S. degree in Chemical and Material Science Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.
CEO, SoftWear Automation, Inc
Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan is currently the Chairman & CEO of Softwear Automation, Inc, an Atlanta, Ga. based company with the sole focus of developing innovative robots (sewbot®s) for the apparel manufacturing and sewn products industries by harnessing its experience and expertise in machine vision, robotics, and computing. The Sewbots® automate the transfer and sewing of fabric, eliminating the need for trained seamstresses. SoftWear technology allows for redesign of the apparel manufacturing supply chain and enables sewing to be performed locally resulting in a disruptive transformation of the industry.
He is also Managing Partner of CTW Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital fund which invests in and assists seed and early-stage entrepreneurs in all industries in Atlanta and the South Eastern United States who are engaged in disruptive innovations and technologies. CTW focuses solely on companies which are started by expert technical founders with strong domain expertise. CTW partners with technical entrepreneurs and companies in markets with large opportunities and no identifiable competitors. CTW typically supplies the first capital, often at the concept phase. CTW works as active partners with our entrepreneurs, helping with all aspects of strategy, market definition and execution
He is also the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Virima Technologies, Inc, a leading Data Center & IT Operations software developer.
A leader in the business community is also involved in several professional and community related organization. Mr. Rajan was instrumental in establishing the Atlanta CEO Council, a non-profit networking group of more than 1000 CEOs, CxOs, and investors in the Southeast. Mr. Rajan serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO council from 1999 to present.
Mr. Rajan was also honored as Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” Rising Stars in 2000.
Senior Vice President and GM, Worldpay
CEO, Ideas United
Co-founder and CEO of Ideas United, a creative studio changing the way stories are told. IU creates unforgettable branded content, events, campaigns, and original content for premier brands, universities, and nonprofits around the globe while leveraging the best of the next generation of storytellers. Ideas United also created and runs Campus Movie Fest, the world’s largest student film festival, to discover top emerging talent, connect brands with students, and make a positive impact.
Co-Founder & COO, Jvion
I am the President of Metasys Technologies, a workforce management advisory firm based in Atlanta. Metasys partners with leading global organizations on the full lifecycle of their talent management strategy. We have been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing private businesses in the country and work with over 50 leading global organizations today.
Prior to leading Metasys, I was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, I worked across industries and specialized in strategic transformation, merger integration, organizational design and capability building initiatives. Prior to McKinsey, I led Business Operations & Strategy at Ravel, a venture-backed startup in Silicon Valley that was acquired by LexisNexis in 2017.
CEO of SwissWatchExpo. SwissWatchExpo.com is the Internet’s leading retailer of authentic preowned luxury timepieces. At SwissWatchExpo, we have a passion for beautiful Swiss timepieces and unparalleled customer service. Unlike other online retailers of preowned watches, all the watches listed on our website are physically located at our showroom in beautiful Buckhead, Atlanta.
Accomplished Investment Professional with 10 years of Credit markets experience gained at a top 5 bulge bracket firm, as well as a quant driven proprietary trading firm in Chicago. Over the course of my 10 years of experience in the markets I have developed senior level relationships at SEFs, Clearing Houses, Bulge-Bracket Banks, and Buy-Side institutions.
Passionate CEO, Board Director and entrepreneur with success growing software, security and Internet businesses from the ground up including raising over $50M in capital and participating in several exits and an IPO. Experience in developing creative go-to-market business strategies, launching new products, implementing predictable metrics-driven sales organizations, and developing company culture. Featured on CNN, FOX News, ABC News, and in The Wall Street Journal for expertise on technology and innovation to solve complex global security problems.
I have been lucky to work with highly talented people in fast-paced environments developing market-leading brands in industries ripe for change.
Head of Corporate & Business Development, Cision
Devon Wijesinghe is a serial tech entrepreneur and investor, with a particular focus on identity data. He currently runs corporate and business development at Cision (NYSE: CISN), which acquired his previous company (Insightpool merged with Trendkite) for $225 Million. After that, Cision was acquired for $2.7 Billion in a private equity transaction by Platinum Equity.
He was a co-founder of e-VERIFILE in his teens and helped build the company into one of the largest privately held data software companies in the nation. This led the company to being acquired and resulted in being one of the most profitable exits ever for investors in a southeast technology company, and won Deal of the Year when he was in his twenties.
He was named the most powerful person in Atlanta business under 30, and was honored as a “Who’s Who” across the nation in technology. He was a member of the Atlanta Technology Angels and was named to be on it’s board of directors and then later took over as President, which helped lead the turnaround of angel investing in Atlanta. Mr. Wijesinghe is a member of Young President’s Organization and part of the Southern 7 Chapter and a member of the Atlanta CEO Council.
He also serves as a mentor catalyst in the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech to help young tech companies commercialize their ideas and rapidly grow their companies.
He is the founder and CEO of Triple Threat Strategies, his own personal investment firm that invests capital and operational advice in to young growing enterprises.
Experienced executive with consistent track record of driving growth, strategic re-positioning and turning around technology and technology enabled service businesses. Specific experience includes: corporate strategy, innovation, operational scalability and business transformation to drive meaningful long term growth and profitability. Significant international and M&A experience. Track record of hiring and retaining top talent with a focus on “best athlete” mentality. Leads with a collegial, driven style. Experience in all sizes of companies from start-up to multi-national corporations.
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