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Sean Blagsvedt, CEO

Sean Blagsvedt is the CEO of Babajob.com, which connects employers to informal sector employees in the developing world - such as delivery helpers, maids and drivers - through a combination of mobile phones, location, skill and price filtering and social connections. The site has registered over 2 million job seekers, added 2.5 million job positions and raised Series A funding from Vinod Khosla Impact, Gray Ghost Ventures and USAID. The New York Times hails Babajob.com as a significant innovation that "seeks to bring the social-networking revolution to the world’s poor."

Previously, Sean spent 9 years with Microsoft in the Office, Windows and Research groups. In 2004, Sean moved to Bangalore as the 3rd member of Microsoft Research India, heading the Program Management and Advanced Prototyping team, focusing on novel approaches to mobile phones and technology in emerging markets.

Prior to Microsoft, Sean worked at the White House with the Internet Policy czar, Ira Magaziner. Sean holds dual bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Public Policy from Brown University (1998). He is a TED Fellow and married to Jaaga.in founder Archana Prasad with whom they share a wonderful son, Vyom and dog Berlin.

Vir Kashyap, COO

Vir joined Babajob in February 2009 and heads Babajob's sales and operations efforts to serve employers. Previously, Vir was a partner at Indavest, a venture capital and incubation firm focusing on early‐stage investments in India. At Indavest, he generated deal flow and raised capital for deal execution.

Vir started his career in New York at Morgan Stanley where he assisted the firms alternative asset management clients raise capital from a global base of investors. More recently Vir was a member of the European business development and investor relations team at Vega Asset Management. Based in Madrid, he evaluated fund managers for inclusion on the fund platform and managed relationships with the fund's global investor base.

He experience includes a stint in Silicon Valley, where over the course of three months he helped launch the enterprise computing vertical at Epinions.com (now part of eBay).

Vir received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Religion from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine). He is an avid traveler having visited 6 continents and enjoys listening to music.

Maya

Maya Chandrasekaran, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Maya joined Babajob in July 2010 and heads Babajob's efforts to attract and retain job seekers. Most recently, she was with an urban MFI, Janalakshmi Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.. At Janalakshmi Maya was involved in treasury management, fund raising activities and product development. Prior to that, Maya worked with Capvent India Private Ltd., a private equity fund of funds. Her experience also includes stints at PricewaterhouseCoopers (M&A advisory) and Infosys Technologies (Corporate Planning).

Maya has a Bachelors degree in English Literature (Grinnell College, Iowa) and a JD in Media and Management (Syracuse University, NY). She loves to travel, read and watch foodshows on TV.

Shashi

Shashi Singh, Head of Engineering

Shashi has been with Babajob for over 2 years and has worn many hats in Engineering during this time, from developing features and resolving customer complaints to scaling the website to thousands of users and recruiting for the engineering team. Now, he is additionaly responsible for ensuring that the day to day decisions made by the engineering team are in line with the objective of building a stable, scalable and robust system which fulfills the business goals.

He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal. He started his career with Tesco, working on IT Service Management and later on .NET Development. After three years at Tesco, he took the "leap of faith" to start Mauryan Web, a bootstrapped startup building "CAT NINJA", a gamified app for MBA aspirants in India. As the sole founder, he was responsible for everything and thus developed a very hands on approach to tackling problems. He also built the website swinefluindia.com, during the swine flu pandemic scare of 2009. The site was ranked first in Google Search results for a long time and he and his friends received appreciation from the press and Indians across the world for their work.

In his free time, he likes to read, listen to music, chat with friends, cook or just go on a ride on his cycle.

Hiren Thacker, Developer Architect

Our resident Git expert.

Chanchal Prakasham, Software Developer

Chanchal has done 5 year integrated MSc in Physics from IIT Kharagpur.

Viraj Sinha, Software Engineer

Just graduated from Manipal Institute of Technology major in Computer Science Engineering. I love tennis,badminton,table tennis and watching Arsenal and Indian Cricket Team play. Besides them I love to biking, my new passion. I am still exploring new areas where I can bike in and around Bangalore.

Arpit Maheshwari, Data Scientist

Arpit is from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. A B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT BOMBAY (2010), he was working at Goldman Sachs quant division before joining Babajob. At Babajob, he works on getting insights from data which help make a better product for the users. At Goldman Sachs, he solved problems in the post-trade activities space, where he worked on quantitative modelling and analytics for the Operations teams. He's an outdoorsy person and thinks sports and travelling are the two things life should be all about. Having completed his first half marathon few months back, his aim is to do a full one next. He also likes to ride outside the city on his mountain bike and wants to ride in the Himalayas soon. Reading and hiking are some other things that interest him.

Gourav

Mukul Gupta, Associate Product Manager

Mukul joined Babajob in May 2013 after his brief stint as an associate consultant with Ernst and Young for 8 months. Mukul got his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay. In his free time, he likes to read and tour Bangalore for the best hole in the wall dosa places.

Brad

Brad Chen, Fellow

Brad Chen is joining the team through IDEX Fellowship. Prior to Babajob, Brad worked at Life Insurance industry where he developed campaigns and strategies to help sales teams and grow their business by coordinating other departments and subsidiaries. His interest in social entrepreneurship began his internship in New Delhi through AIESEC Global Internship Program, which is the largest student-run organization. In his free time, he enjoys discovering different cultural differences, drinking chai, and learning new things.

Pulkit Chaudhary, Software Engineer

Graduated in Bachelor of Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, major in Information Technology . Interested in playing basketball, cricket, and pool. I love checking out good food places; especially in love with Indian street food.

Gourav

Himanshu Sahu, Software Developer

Himanshu is from Bhilai, did his 5 year Int. M.Sc in Exploration Geophysics from IIT Kharagpur. He is in love with thrash metal, gadgets & games.

Sandeep Danta, Software Developer

Sandeep has completed his 5yr Dual Degree (B.Tech+M.Tech) in Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture from IIT Kharagpur.

Anjan

Anjan Kumar, Regional Sales Manager

Anjan heads our sales efforts to our largest employers and is constantly working to help them hire on Babajob.com. For the past 13 years, he has worked across various industries that range from pharmaceuticals to digital retail, and everything in between. Previoulsy, Anjan worked at MonsterIndia.com as a Sales Manager for 4.5 years before joining Babajob. Anjan graduated from Bangalore University in 1997 with a science degree. In his free time, Anjan enjoys traveling and agri-farming.

Pramod Shastry, Job Seeker Acquisition Executive

Pramod works in our job seekers customer service department, helping people set up their account and look for jobs.

He is from the historical city of Mysore. Prior to joining Babajob, Pramod worked at Power One Micro Systems Private Ltd. as a Marketing Executive. He actually set up a Babajob account, utilizing both its mobile and digital features, to search for different office jobs before ending up with us. Pramod enjoys going to the movies and having time to himself to meditate and think about the meaning of life.

Sairam

Sairam Batal, Data Acquisition Executive

Sairam is the Data Acquisition Executive at Babajob. He calls employers to help post their job listings on our website.

Sairam worked at Kean International for 2.5 years as an administrative assistant and afterwards at Mphasis for 1 year as a customer support executive before joining the Babajob team. He is from Odisha, or Orissa, home of the traditional Ghumura Dance. Sairam keeps fit by going to the gym and playing cricket, as well as other sports. He enjoys listening to music and wearing large, pointed, leather loafers.

Vinod Kumar, Senior Customer Support Executive

In Vinod's words:
"I was born and brought up in near the Kolar Gold Field in Karnataka.
Prior to Babajob, I have worked as a Marketing Manager in Target Express for 2 years.
It has been a long journey with Babajob.com and this is my 3rd year with the firm. I am enjoying my work and the environment is absolutely homey. My hobbies include playing cricket, football, and listening to music."

Vinod Manova, Administrative Assistant

Vinod has been at Babjob since its inception. He has worn many hats during his time with us; working as a Marketing Executive, a translator, and even as a customer care representative before settling into his current position, Administrative Assistant.

His boundless energy and playful antics liven up the staff daily. Before joining Babajob, Vinod worked as a driver in Bangalore. Vinod enjoys eating meat, making friends, and keeping his facial hair stylish with aid of his handy-dandy moustache comb.

Kiran Kumar, Data Acquisition Executive

Kiran joined Babajob in May of 2011. As a Data Acquisition Executive, he engages with employers and helps them list job posting on the Babajob website. Kiran was born and brought up in Kolar Gold Field. Prior to Babajob, he worked as a Customer Support Executive for 3 years at Genesis Infratech Private Limited. His hobbies include: playing football, hockey, and cricket; as well as listening music. In Kiran’s own words, “I am proud to be a part of the Babajob team, where there is a good work environment, good colleagues, and supportive management.”

Aparna Gurumurthy, Office Manager

Out of her love for animals, Aparna was managing a pet boarding facility before she joined the Babajob team in June 2014.

Apart from working at Babajob, she loves spicy food, watching horror movies, traveling to places halfway across the world, running, reading and is a big believer in taking chances.

Dhanalakshmi Parameshwara, Domestic Technician

Dhanalakshmi has been the resident motherly figure at Babajob for almost two years. She makes sure that we have a clean working environment and brings us tea and goodies when we run out of steam. Before joining us, Dhanalakshmi worked for a family for three years, a job which she found through babajob.com. She enjoys wearing saris and eating vegetarian food.

Board of Directors


Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi is the former chairman of Microsoft India and was voted the Most Influential MNC CEO of 2011 by the Economic Times. He is on the board of a number of enterprises, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations.

Before Microsoft, Ravi worked at Cummins Inc., the world’s leader in engines and related technology, for sixteen years. As chairman of Cummins India Limited, he helped transform the company into the leading provider of power solutions and automotive engines in the country. Ravi also has an illustrious academic career. Graduating and receiving awards from top universities in both India and the States. He has frequently contributed to the Harvard Business Review and is currently working on a book under a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. To learn more about Ravi Venkatesan visit about.me/rvenk.

Brian Cayce

Brian is the Vice President at Gray Ghost Ventures. Actively involved in establishing Gray Ghost’s impact-oriented venture capital investing, Brian currently leads the firm's analysis, evaluation, execution and governance of venture capital investment opportunities. He manages a varied portfolio and has sourced, executed and/or performed governance roles for the following investments: MicroPlace (2006 – eBay); RentBureau (2006 – Experian); ParaLife (2006); United Villages (2007); CellBazaar (2007 – Telenor); d.light (2007); SourceTrace (2007); BEAM (2008), Emergence BioEnergy (2008), iSend (2009), Movirtu (2009), mDhil (2009), PharmaSecure (2009), bKash (2010), M-Kopa (2011) and Babajob (2012). In addition to his corporate board service, Brian serves on the boards of local nonprofit organizations. Brian graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Georgia’s Honors Program, and earned an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Brian resides in Decatur, Georgia, with his forgiving wife, and lovely son and daughter.



Advisors


Ira Weise

Ira worked as the Managing Director of Babajob from its inception until April 2008, when he re-located back to the United States.

Prior to Babajob, Ira founded a variety of companies as an experienced entrepreneur over the last 25 years. In 1983, he and a fellow law school friend started 800-Software, one of the US's first mail order software companies, and the first to offer free technical support, toll free order lines, and shipment from an existing inventory.  When it was sold to Digital Equipment 10 years later, it was one of the nation's five largest software retailers, with offices throughout the US and annual sales of $180 million. Following 800-Software, Ira was president of Software Sciences in Eugene, Oregon which created and sold software for the residential real estate industry until his retirement in 1996. Prior to starting 800 Software he taught elementary school in California and Jakarta, Indonesia, practiced law in San Jose, California, worked as an adjunct faculty member at the USF School of Law and started a real estate foreclosure company. Ira holds a JD degree from USF, a Masters in Educational Administration from California State University at San Francisco and a bachelor's degree from University of California at Santa Cruz. 

Ashwin Mahesh

Ash is the CEO of Mapunity.in, where, in his words, his job "lets him explore many ways in which technology can help meet the challenges posed by social problems, and act as an evangelist for some of those things to happen." Ashwin also co-edits the public affairs magazine, India Together, and is on the Visiting Faculty at IIM Bangalore's Centre for Public Policy.  He happens to have a PhD in climatology and once ran laser satellites over Antarctica for NASA as well.

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell is the founder and managing director of Maymont Capital Advisors AG, a Zurich based company providing research and advisory services to venture capital and private equity investors. Tim previously worked for venture fund Richmond Global, overseeing the fund’s investments in India from New Delhi, where he focused on investments in emerging communications technologies including mobile payments, mobile advertising, and messaging.

Prior to joining Richmond Global, Tim studied European political integration and transatlantic relations as a policy analyst at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) in Washington, D.C. and at the Centre Français sur les Etats-Unis at the Instut Français des Relations Internationales (CFE-IFRI) in Paris. Tim began his career interest in telecommunications as a financial analyst for MCI WorldCom; he also worked as a financial analyst for CapitalOne Financial. Tim graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and earned a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary. Tim currently serves on the board of C&J Clark, Ltd.

Vibhore Goyal

Prior to Babajob.com, Vibhore worked as a developer for Microsoft Research India on a variety of projects including Virtual India (virtualindia.msresearch.in) and the MSRIndia SMS Server (www.codeplex.com/smstoolkit). Before joining MSR, he was the founding member of several other companies including ROS, which built Linux based OSs for mobile phones. Vibhore's areas of interest include Security & Networking and he holds a B. Tech. + M. Tech. in Electrical Engg. from IIT Bombay.