Santanu founded Salorix when he realized, after several years of working with brand managers and advertisers, that system providers were missing a really big opportunity. The only way brands will really leverage social media is if their audience wants to be in a conversation with them.
When he got that clarity, he started building a diverse team of experts from marketing, technology and even human psychology to design and build an entirely new approach for marketing in social media. An approach that is scalable, real time, and manageable from a few dashboards - everything that existing products do not offer.
Santanu's technology and management background has positioned him perfectly for this company. At America Online, he started and led the Analytics Center, managing a staff of over 200 employees who delivered marketing advisory, analytics and consulting services.
At A.T. Kearney, the consulting firm, Santanu spent many years as a management consultant where he advised leading consumer brands including J&J, BMW, Gillette, Pepsi, and State Street Bank.
Prior to those positions, Santanu played a key role in designing part of the Cassini space probe, which at the moment is orbiting Saturn.
Santanu has an MBA from MIT's Sloan School, a Ph.D. in Physics from NASA / UMaryland and a B. Tech. from IIT, Bombay.
He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed papers and has contributed to studies that have been widely reported in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, CNBC and Investors Business Daily, and Social Media Today.
Kanwal is a well-known and respected entrepreneur and venture investor in both Silicon Valley and India.
He has been the CEO of three venture-backed companies, was the first Indo-American to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ, and co-founded Inventus to devote his full energy and experience to establish a leading US-India venture franchise. Kanwal earned a BSEE from ITT-Bombay and a MSEE and Honorary Doctorates in both Business and Engineering from Michigan Tech. Kanwal is a board member of the IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (IITBHF), and also founded the Kanwal Rekhi Schools of Information Technology at both IIT-Bombay and Michigan Tech.
Naren founded Nexus Venture Partners in 2006. Nexus focuses on early and early-growth stage investments and was an active investor for more than 10 ears. In 1980, Naren co-founded Integrated Systems Inc. and served as president and CEP until 1994. He took the company public in 1990.
Following a merger in 2000 with Wind River, Naren served as vice chairman at Wind River. Naren also serves on the boards of Tibco Software, Red Hat, and several privately-held companies and non-profit organizations. Naren is a Ph.D. from Stanford University and among numerous accolades; he has been named a distinguished alumnus by IIT and the California Institute of Technology. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers awarded him a lifetime fellowship.
Michael Ryan has 30 years experience as a CEO, advisor, investor and board member with world-class companies.
He has served as CEO of numerous healthcare, technology, publishing and media/advertising companies including NewsGroup Communications, Ryan/French Group, MediaGroup, HealthOnline and AOL. Michael is early "test pilot" for social media/networking emerging technologies and one of the "Most Connected People" world-wide on LinkedIn, Healthcare.com, LawPivot, RapLeaf, Twitter and Hashable. Michael has an MBA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and BAs cum laude in International Relations and Communications from Regis University in Denver. He served as a White House intern and is currently on the boards of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, BrokersWeb and DeskActive.