Summary

Product Manager Entrepreneur with MS from US having experience in designing and launching successful products. Proven experience in leading and managing enterprise and consumer products in a fast paced technology driven environment.

Work Experience

Work History
Mar 2014 - Present

Product Manager

UNIPHORE SOFTWARE SYSTEMS
Products Overview: An IIT-M startup focused in Speech Analytics, Intelligent Virtual Assistant and Voice biometrics products along with Mobile App Dev Platforms and Enterprise Mobility Management products
Product Management:
  • Managed product lifecycle from definition to release and beyond for speech and voice products.
  • Owned product designs created through wireframes and prototyping, feature-release mapping, product positioning and product roadmaps.
  • Drove product releases and launches by working with cross functional business units.
  • Initiated a new widget management system in UX innovation for speech analytics product.
Leadership: Mentored a team of 10 (including developers, core tech engineers and UI designers).
Achievements:
  • Acquired 16 enterprise customers in the first two months of launch.
  • Valuations of the startup rose to 5X in a year due to the product capabilities and the impact it created for customers.
  • Star Performer Award: Q3 FY' 15
Jun 2012 - Mar 2014

Founder, Director - Product Management

ZIGTRAKA SOLUTIONS
Product Overview: Reta-X is an NFC based mobile app for high-end retail space. The Android app gives a rich interactive user experience and also helps the retailer get in-store analytics and real-time BI data that can help in improving the customer footfalls and reduce efforts for sales team.
Product Management:
  • Launched enterprise grade products L-Traka and LOGI-Traka designed to help manufacturing industries improve their productivity, reduce lead time and streamline logistics for movement of equipment.
  • Launched Reta-X mobile app for enterprises and select consumers
Vendor management: Partnered with OEMs of RFID chips and readers to develop B2B solutions for asset management and logistics tracking through GPS.
Leadership: Led a team of 5 to release and launch the mobile app successfully for our customers.
Achievements:
  • Acquired two MNC customers within the first month of product launch. 
  • Product showcase at PuneConnect2013, TechSparks2013 and featured on yourstory.in
Jan 2011 - Apr 2012

Sr. Software Engineer

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
Product Overview: VHF based transportable next-gen two-way radio with smart battery
communications for government and public safety operations.
Team Lead: Led and managed a team in embedded system design and development for I2C and propriety SM bus protocol communications.
Languages and Tools: Embedded C, C++, Rational product tool suite, Visual Studio.
Summer Internship: Data mining and automation project for streamlining QA process by developing scripts in Perl for QA audit team to reduce bug triage time by 90%.
Achievements:
  • Fastest to get the‘ Moment Award' in the organization for outstanding product design and development challenge.
  • High Five achievement certificates: Recognizing the efforts and contributions within Motorola.
Oct 2007 - May 2009

Programmer Analyst

COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Web App Project: Application Development, Enhancement and Support for BFSI clients
Optimized subroutines and developed new stored procedures in SQL to improve performance of critical legacy applications supported by the company.
Demonstrated strong client relationship with US banking and financial giants
Technology: C# ASP.NET, SQL server
Skill sets achieved: BFSI domain certifications, commercial banking loan servicing and mortgage banking knowledge.
Achievements: As a programmer, I added value to our team by automating the application health check processes. This saved resources and shaved off about 80% time required in manual check.

Education

Education
Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

M.S Electrical and Computer Engineering

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA,US
GPA: 3.6/4.0
Courses: Machine Learning, Machine Intelligence, Autonomous computing, Wireless communications.
Project: AI Search Algorithm: Developed a revolutionary Hybrid search algorithm that combines Branch and Bound technique along with genetic algorithm. This has beaten previously published hybrid search algorithm in time convergence by 10%.
Summer Internship (3 months) at Motorola, Florida
Sep 2003 - Aug 2007

B.E. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

UNIVERSITY OF PUNE
Grade: Distinction 70%
Courses: Digital Signal Processing, Telecomm Networks, Web technologies.
Project: Development of a voice operated prosthetic arm: The project investigated the product design and development of an electromechanical-software based voice operated system to achieve controlled movements of different parts of the arm.

Certifications

Certifications
2015 - 2015

Introduction to Product Management

Udemy
Introduction to Product Management - online instructor led course by Martin Vonderheiden
2015 - 2015

Product Management 101

Udemy
Product Management 101 - online instructor led course

Skills

Product Management:
  • Product Specialist with an entrepreneurial vision and a passion for Design, UX, Marketing and Business; working with cross-functional teams & senior executives.
  • A high energy and a creative leader with an ability to identify technology trends and convert them into business opportunities by quick product development, market validation and building a business case. 
  • As a data-driven product manager, was able to successfully define and position new products to open new markets and grow businesses.
  • Owned the product-life-cycle and customer life-cycle for company's flagship products.
Product Lifecycle Activities:
  • Market research and competitor analysis
  • Requirements gathering and capturing voice of customer
  • Product vision and road-mapping
  • Feature prioritization: Effort vs Cost benefit analysis
  • Product requirements documentation (PRD, MRD, BRD)
  • Product design - UX and wire framing UI designs
  • Product development: Agile
  • Negotiating with engineers, stakeholders, customer decision makers and industry analysts.
  • Product launch pre-work: Go-to-market plan
  • Sales strategy and product pricing
  • Product launch: Events and roadshows
Software tools and Platforms:
  • Web and Mobile App design tools
  • Wire-framing: Balsamiq, Axure RP
  • Dashboarding and BI: Qlik, Tableau,
  • Data Analytics: Rapidminer, KNIME, Matlab, R
Commmunication
  • Worked with cross functional teams like sales, pre-sales, engineering, testing and marketing teams.
  • Reported to the founder CEO of the company.
  • Presented product demos and carried negotiations of pricing and scope at CXO level with customers.
Leadership
  • Led a team of product engineers and launched Uniphore’s speech and voice products
  • Led the Go-to-market campaign for Uniphore's speech analytics product
  • Led a team of five at ZigTraka to quickly launch NFC mobile app Reta-X @ ZigTraka
  • Team Lead at Motorola

Interests

  • Tabla Visharad - Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (Bachelors in Tabla – an Indian percussion instrument).
  • Love playing the harmonium and keyboard.
  • Coding hobby: Developed apps for bitcoin portals and created puzzles in LISP language.
  • Amateur chess player