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Sean Blagsvedt
CEO and Founder,

Sean Blagsvedt is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of The mission of is to connect aspiring job seekers - such as Delivery Helpers, Drivers, Cashiers and Salespeople - to employers that hire them. These connections are achieved through combining the use of mobile phones, location filtering, skill filtering, salary filtering, and social connections. As of June 2015, the site has registered over 3.3 million job seekers and added 3.2 million job positions. received investments from SEEK; the largest collection of job sites worldwide, Vinod Khosla Impact, Gray Ghost Ventures and USAID. The New York Times hails 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 User Interface teams of Office and Windows and helped found Microsoft Research India in 2004. Prior to that 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). Sean received the Namma Bengaluru Award for Best Foreign Resident in 2014. He is a TED Fellow and married to founder Archana Prasad with whom they share a wonderful son, Vyom and dog Berlin.

Vir Kashyap
Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Co-founder,

Vir is involved with the strategic direction of the company and manages all the strategic partnerships and financial aspects of the business.

Previously, Vir was a partner at Indavest, a venture capital and incubation firm focusing on early‐stage consumer investments in India based in Bangalore.

Prior to that Vir was a member of the Business Development team at Vega Asset Management. Based in Madrid, he evaluated fund managers for investment and inclusion on the fund platform and managed relationships with the fund's investor base.

Vir started his career at Morgan Stanley in New York where he assisted the firm’s Alternative Asset Management clients raise capital from a global base of investors.

His experience includes (now part of eBay) where he helped launch the enterprise-computing vertical.

Vir received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Religion from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine). He is an avid traveler having visited 6 continents, enjoys listening to music and has been known to spin a few tracks for the crowd at times.

Co-founder of the Bangalore Social Enterprise Group and active in the startup ecosystem.

Bharani Setlur
Chief Business Officer (CBO),

Bharani's role at is focused on scaling the business. As Chief Business Officer he is the principal Executor for Product, Marketing, Public Relations, Sales and Customer Lifecycle Management. Bharani is passionate about organizing and building business with a process driven, design thinking, approach to problem solving. His experience includes; UX/Usability/Interaction Design, Data Centric Solutions, Big Data, Data Visualization and Conversion Metrics.

Prior to, Bharani was CEO at Webfluenz, which was acquired by MuSigma Inc.; one of the world’s leading Data Analytics companies. He was also Director and Co-founder at 4am Design and Technology Labs & where he designed and implemented Product roadmaps, product ecosystems and applications for fixed and mobile computing operating systems.

His past experience has included; conceptualizing, building, deploying, marketing and growing technology products and platforms, applications, experiences and services. Through his strong background in Strategic & Concept Design, Product Life Cycle Design, Data Centric Solutions and with his expertise in the field of Real-time Contextual Insights, Big data, Social Design, Information Architecture and Information Design, Usability and Interaction on fixed and mobile computing platforms, he brings a focus on execution towards scalable product solutions.

Bharani Studied Design at the National Institute of Design Ahmadabad, India where he specialized in Communication Design, Film.

Maya Chandrasekaran
Chief of Talent,

Maya joined in July 2010 as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Currently, as Chief of Talent, she heads babajob’s efforts to attract and retain job seekers. Previously, she was with an urban Microfinance Institution (MFI), Janalakshmi Financial Services Pvt. Ltd. At Janalakshmi, Maya was involved in Treasury Management, Fund Raising and Product Development. Prior to that, Maya worked with Capvent India Private Ltd., a private equity fund. Her experience also includes notable professional appointments with Pricewaterhousecoopers as an M&A advisory and Corporate Planning for Infosys Technologies.

Maya has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Grinnell College, Iowa and a joint degree in Media and Management from Syracuse University, New York. She loves to travel; watch food shows on TV and is an avid reader. Something you may not know about Maya is that she published a children’s book at the age of thirteen.

Hiren Thacker
VP of Engineering,

Hiren is Vice President of Engineering at Prior to Hiren worked as a Software Developer for ThoughtWorks; a global software company focused on software design and delivery. At ThoughtWorks one notable project that Hiren was responsible for involved continuous delivery and DEVOPS.

Hiren started his career working as a Software Engineer for the Systems Advisers Group, which provides solutions and services around Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system. He then went on to work for Tur Technologies, a start-up at the time. As Smalltalk (a programming language) Developer, he worked to integrate new changes in applications and rewrote code working in conjunction with a team in Italy. Hiren also developed time saving tools, for internal use, that increased productivity and efficiencies. Hiren has also worked for HCL Technologies.

Currently, Hiren is utilizing his cumulative software engineering experience to help scale up He has played a key role in defining the core IT architecture of the company as well as being responsible for developing the framework for AB testing.

Whenever he can, Hiren likes to regularly contribute to an organization called Rang De, an online crowdfunding platform that provides microcredit to low income entrepreneurs and students. Hiren has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Karnataka State Open University, where he graduated with distinction.

Jyothika Lobo
Head of Human Resources,

Jyothika heads our Human Resources Department at She started her career as an Organizational Psychologist and Career Counselor & transitioned to Human Resources about ten years ago. She spent a couple of years in Goa setting up a branch office for Ocwen, helped Aconex set up their Business Service Centre in Bangalore and most recently was with Greenpeace India, in charge of their HR department. Her forte has always been to find creative ways to help organizations scale up in the most challenging market conditions.

Jyothika is a true blue Bangalorean! Her undergraduate degree is from Mount Carmel College and she has a Masters degree from Bangalore University, in Psychology, with a specialization in Industrial Psychology & Organizational Behavior.

She is a certified Counselor and spends most of her free time working with non-profits that are involved in children's education, community work & development and that focus on environmental causes.

Anjan Kumar Gowda
Head of Enterprise Sales,

Anjan heads the Sales Division that explicitly caters to large Enterprise. His expertise lies in understanding the needs of large businesses as well as being able to identify industry specific market challenges. Anjan is highly talented in analyzing target markets with demographic challenges, creating services that provide comprehensive solutions and knows how to aggressively penetrate into key markets. Anjan adds value by contributing significant insights, sharing his knowledge and expertise. He is dedicated in his efforts; consistently providing support to companies and efficiently helping them to expand their workforce through the network.

For the past 15 years, Anjan has worked across various industries spanning digital retail, e-recruitment services and staffing. Prior to, Anjan worked at as a Sales Manager. In 2007-2008 Anjan worked on a notable project that was for one of India’s largest mobile retail sales company. He was instrumental in setting up their operations, within a short timeframe, by helping them hire entry-level manpower for about 60 retail outlets across Southern India.

Anjan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bangalore University, with a major in Biology. In his free time, Anjan enjoys traveling and agricultural farming.

Vivek Agrawal
Head of Inside Sales - SME,

Vivek heads Inside Sales at He started his career at Samsung after graduating from NIT Surathkal with IT degree. After nearly 3 years at Samsung, Vivek realized that his life was not meant to be stuck in a cubicle fixing bugs, so he started his own courier franchise business. This was the beginning of his entrepreneurial career, where he went on to become a founding member of an offline payment gateway startup, GharPay, and expanded his workforce from 2 cities to 10 cities in a short span of 6 months. After that he tried his hands at several other things. At Cloud Telephony, Exotel, also a startup, Vivek ultimately figured out his domain expertise in Inside Sales for the SME market. At he is using his startup experience and his IT degree to enable him to scale up - increasing revenue, developing new processes and streamlining existing ones.

Rajesh Rathnam
Head of Enterprise Sales, Delhi,

Rajesh currently heads the Delhi Sales Division that specifically caters to large Enterprise. Rajesh understands and utilizes the dynamics of power, organization, and decision making to achieve objectives. He possesses a deep commitment and passion to making a “real difference” in the way organizations function. His core strengths lie in the areas of Skill Development, Recruitment Automation, Business Development, Advocacy and Policy Reform. Additionally, he has cross domain expertise in being able to connect key stakeholders, government, and industry. With over 20 years of extensive experience in the field of Media Sales, Operations, Government Affairs, Skill Development and Staffing, Rajesh is posed for business at Prior to, Rajesh worked for Manipal City & Guilds managing government relations, supervising business expansion and managing the administration of the government and public sector. Prior to Manipal City & Guilds, Rajesh was Regional Manger of Government Affairs with Monster Government Solutions, and was instrumental in driving recruitment reforms and automation from an industry perspective. Rajesh’s expertise lies in having a comprehensive understanding of the recruitment process. Rajesh has a Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Shriram Polytechnic and is currently pursuing his Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management (EPGDM) at Alliance University in Bangalore. In his free time he enjoys a good game of golf, or cricket, and has a passion for South Indian Music.

Vimal Anand
Associate Head - Enterprise Sales,

V. Anand manages the Sales Division that caters exclusively to large enterprise. His role involves being extremely target driven through managing numbers, streamlining processes, forecasting, performance review, and reporting methods. He is responsible for business funneling pan India. V. Anand initially spent a year in the Merchant Navy which gave him a strong sense of discipline and work ethic that he still carries today. His career initially began at Core BPO Private Limited, in Delhi as a Sr. Business Development Executive. After that he worked for US IT Intellect Resources in the US as a Sr. Business Development Manager. Prior to babajob Anand was working with Ample Technologies Private Limited, Bangalore, as a Senior Business Manager. Here he gained experience in managing teams and increasing sales revenues through the use of strategic skills and best practices. He is able to exceed target sales goals, develop profitable business relationships, coordinate with decision makers and build an extensive client base. He is also skilled at analyzing information and data in order to develop evolving business strategies. With over 12 years of diverse experience in an array of product and industry expertise V. Anand is an astute Sales and Business Alliance professional. His specialty lies in Corporate/Enterprise Sales and Business Development, with a blend of System Integration (SI) and International exposure. He is proficient in overseeing and developing communication tools across verticals and is actively involved in planning and implementing strategies with stakeholders, internal & external. Anand has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, and an MBA in Marketing from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India. His hobbies include outdoor sports, especially; scuba diving, swimming, playing cricket and tennis.

Renuka Thakur, Senior Technical Specialist

Renuka works as a software Engineer. She has worked with Philips on TV technology and Peek mobile previously.
She's passionate about improving the quality of the products.
Apart from work, she's a movie buff, loves comics and is a technology fan.

Vishal Singh, Associate Product Manager

Vishal is passionate about using technology products to impact people’s lives directly. He has been in multiple roles spanning functions from operations to business development and has also built houseofgrads, an education social network.
He is a graduate of IIT Delhi and has been a part of leadership program at Wipro. Post Wipro, he worked as a project manager in a product company.
At Babajob, he is involved with multiple aspects of the product and coming up with features and improvement to take Babajob to the next level.

Gugan N, Associate Manager

Gugan has recently completed his MBA from IIM Raipur.Prior to MBA, he was working with Aricent as a Software Engineer and has 4 years of work experience.
He is a travelling freak who likes to explore different places and is also a sports enthusiast.His hobbies are playing badminton, table tennis and swimming.

Prashanth BN, Web Developer

Praz has previously worked at Nokia R&D building Nokia Account for Ovi services on Lumia phones and is a BTech Grad from NITK Surathkal. At Babajob, his role is of developing front end and also experimenting with the existing user flows and improving them. In his free time he likes to read books, travel, play lots of games, star gaze and build his own bunch of apps. He also has his own Facebook page of over 100,000 likes - Troll scientist.

Viraj Sinha, Software Engineer

Viraj has been working with us for more than 1 year and 6 months. The first 6 months he worked as an intern. He loves playing tennis,badminton,table tennis.His favourite football team is Arsenal and being Indian he loves watching the cricket team. He also like biking around Bangalore and is still exploring areas where he can bike.

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.

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. Sandeep watches movies and codes in his free time.

Shubham Makwana, Software Developer

Shubham has completed his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kanpur. His hobbies are to play volleyball, badminton and watching movies and TV series.

Yash Pal Mittal, Software Developer

Yash has completed his 5 year Dual Degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. When not working, he likes to sketch, watch movies and play PC games.

Ashutosh Agarwal, Software Developer

Ashutosh has completed his B.Tech in Agricultural and Food Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. In his free time he likes to play badminton, table tennis, cards and watch movies.

John Gibbons

John works on Strategic Partnerships for He joined the company in September of 2014 as an AIF Clinton Fellow; following the end of the fellowship he continued to work for Babajob as a full-time employee. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Political Science and Chinese, and minors in International Development Studies and Social Enterprise.B

Mrinal Mohanka, AIF Clinton Fellow

Mrinal is joining the team as an AIF Clinton Fellow. Prior to working at Babajob, he worked as a management consultant at Booz & Company in New York. His work there included improving digital customer experience, increasing revenues, monetizing data assets, building new loyalty programs, and enhancing marketing and operational effectiveness. His interest in social enterprise stems from experiences with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, as well as the Omidyar Network, the eBay founder’s philanthropic investment firm in California, as he believes the double-bottom line impact these organizations can have is incredibly powerful and scalable. Mrinal graduated from Columbia University in 2012, with a BA in Economics and Sustainable Development. He is an avid sports fan, and enjoys trying new things, food, travel, and photography (the Instagram variety).

Tejeswini Walvekar, Customer Delight Executive

She is from Bangalore. Before babajob she worked for Seera international pre-Schools in Hsr Layout and also for Karnataka Television industry for more than 3 Years. Her hobbies are reading novels,singing,dancing,acting. She is fun loving and interested in making more friends. She loves to coordinate with new people and understand their views.

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 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 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

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.