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Sulekha’s vision is to be the home-screen icon for local services for 100 million Indians every day.
Sulekha connects 25 million users with 5 million businesses each month across different local service categories each month – including home services, coaching & tuition, property, rentals, computer training and 500+ other sub-categories.
Sulekha helps users to minimize the time in finding the right service provider, to reduce the cost of the service and to minimize the hassle of dealing with service providers. For service partners, Sulekha reduces the time & money involved in finding a customer and minimizes the hassle of closing a sale. Sulekha achieves this by increasing liquidity (number of users and service partners), increasing quality (genuine users, high quality businesses) and increasing speed of getting the job done.
Sulekha is a leader in the $200 B local services market in India and for NRI’s in USA, Canada, UK and UAE. It employs 2,400 employees across Ahmedabad, Austin, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai & Pune.
Sulekha has offices / operations in the following cities:
Param has been with Sulekha almost since its founding, helping grow the company to its current position as a leading broad-based digital commerce company. Param began his career with McKinsey & Company, Inc, in New York. He served clients in the industrial, service, telecommunications and financial service sectors. Later, after a short stint on Wall Street as the Director of Corporate Finance of a boutique investment bank, he co-founded and was President of Integra Technology, a database software and application development products company. When Integra was sold to IKON, a Fortune 500 company, it was a technology leader in its space and its products enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and market presence. Param later served IKON as part of their Mergers and Acquisition team, formulating and implementing their acquisition program. He is also Chairman of Indigo Monsoon Group, an investment firm; and sits on the Board of eShakti, an online customized women's fashion apparel company.
Param is a graduate of St. Xavier’s College of Calcutta University, a C.A., and obtained his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He helped in founding the TiE organization in Seattle.
Satya Prabhakar founded Sulekha.com with Sangeeta Kshettry as an interactive/transactive platform for Indians and growing the company as its CEO to its current position as a leading broad-based digital commerce company.
Prior to this, Satya had worked at AT&T, Honeywell, Philips and TCS in technical research, product development, business development and general management roles. Satya has a Masters in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Prior to that, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from NIT (REC), Trichy. His interests include chess, tennis, writing, investing and Zen.
Satya was featured in 500+ news stories and was invited to speak in 200+ conferences, industry gatherings and academic/corporate institutions, including Wharton, McCombs, ISB Hyderabad, IIM Calcutta, IIT Bombay and NIT Singapore. Satya has authored nearly 100 technical and general interest articles, some of which were published by Penguin, Mint/Wall Street Journal, Impact, Economist and Harvard Business Review.
Satya has won recognition for technical leadership at Honeywell and business leadership at AT&T and was recognized by the Confederation of Indian Industry with an entrepreneurship award. In 2014, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli. He was recognized among "India Digital Power 100" by Impact Magazine.
Promod has more than 20 years of experience in the venture capital industry and currently serves as managing partner at Norwest Venture Partners (NVP). Promod joined NVP in 1990, and has invested in more than 60 companies since he began his venture career, producing nearly $30 B in exit values to date. More than 20 of his portfolio companies have gone public and nearly 35 have been acquired (or have gone public and been acquired). Promod was ranked as a top investor on the annual Forbes Midas List for nine years, and in 2004, Forbes named him as the #1 venture capitalist based on performance over the previous decade. In 2006, Promod was presented with a Global Leadership award from NASSCOM, and he was recently honored with the 2011 SV Forum Visionary Award based on his outstanding achievements and contributions to the technology industry.
Prior to Norwest Venture Partners, Promod spent 18 years in various operational roles ranging from product development, marketing, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer at various public and private companies including Siemens International, Thorn EMI, Emergent Technologies and Dimensional Medicine, Inc.
He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delhi, India. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he serves on the advisory board.
Mr. Hitoshi Saishu, currently a General Manager of E-Payment and Internet Business at Mitsui & Co. Ltd., has broad experience as a board member in organizations such as Grand Marche Inc. in Japan, CCTV Shopping Co. Ltd. in China, and Farmosa Epitaxy Incorporation in Taiwan. Mr. Saishu graduated from Keio University in 1993 and joined Mitsui the same year. He left Mitsui in 2004 and worked in several companies holding different operational roles, including the position of the CEO at Topacs Corporation in Japan. After rejoining Mitsui in 2008, Mr. Saishu, since 2015, holds the position of the General Manager of strategic planning and TV shopping business as well as ICT business division.
Harish Raghavan is the Chairman of the Board of Gracie Point LLC, a specialty finance company that is a leader in structuring financing solutions for the acquisition of life insurance by its clients who, in general, are ultra high net worth individuals. Gracie Point owns a licensed premium finance lender in the U.S., and insurance broker licenses in all 50 states.
Prior to his current role, Harish was the Global Head of UBS Investment Bank’s Structured Products and Strategic Solutions Group. He joined UBS from Merrill Lynch where he was the Global Head of New Business/Product Development. Harish worked at Merrill for 16 years.
Harish holds the Series 7, Series 24 and Series 63 licenses.
He is a graduate of the Wharton School and on the Board of Trustees for the Orpheus Chamber Music Orchestra. Harish lives in Manhattan, New York with his wife Ramaa and their two children Sachin (16) and Ananth (13).