SmartyPal received a prestigious National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant.
The award recognizes companies doing the most innovative work in the industry over the last year. Past winners include Facebook, Expedia, Pebble Watch, and Gap Inc.
The award goes to companies that create the most innovative information technology tool to improve education.
Prasanna has built products and grown businesses at large tech companies (Microsoft, Comcast), startups (Jetsetter acquired by TripAdvisor) and VC (early-stage investor and Kauffman Fellow at DFJ).
MBA from the Wharton School (Palmer Scholar), and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Siebel Scholar).
Lakshmi has years of experience building/launching mobile platforms and products at companies like Qualcomm and Verizon. She considers herself a lifelong learner and a problem solver with a passion for teaching.
Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park; B.Engg ( Hons) from BITS, Pilan.
Keith’s global experience across tech, media, and scaling businesses includes CMC (CEO / Co-founder), AKG Technologies, Comcast Strategic Development’s Connected Health, and JPMorgan.
MBA from The Wharton School with a focus on Innovation.
Kartik is a Professor at The Wharton School and has been recognized as one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. His research focuses on the digital economy and personalization technologies.
Kartik is a cofounder of Yodle Inc acquired by web.com for $342M. Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University.
Brian received his B.S. in Psychology from Penn State and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Most recently he was a researcher in the School of Education at the University of Delaware, where he studied STEM learning.
Chaitanya is an alumnus of FIEA, USA’s #1 Game Development School. He has a background in Game Design and Programming, and is dedicated to making Smartypal’s technology thoughtful and fun. He is quite the wizard with C# and Unity.
Kirsten is responsible for making all of the content look and feel special, professional and personal. An expert in all things visual, she loves to work with Photoshop, Premier, Illustrator, and Unity.
Bruce is an advisor and angel-investor in start-ups and and mid-stage companies .He was Vice Chairman of Activision Blizzard ( largest video game publisher), CEO Vivendi Games (launched the industry’s most profitable franchise, World of Warcraft) and Vice Chairman Universal Music Group.
David co-founded Zoomcar, the first car rental company in India to focus on western-style rentals (no chauffeur). During my time at Zoomcar, the company grew from 7 cars in Bangalore to about 1,500 cars and 700 employees in 6 cities, www.zoomcar.com