Meet our Team
Exotel is one of India's largest cloud telephony companies. Our aim is to help businesses, both large and small, manage their business phone system via a virtual phone system. Exotel's cloud telephony eliminates the need to invest in any hardware or maintenance. And that is one of the biggest pain points of traditional systems like EPABX/PBX. Every business, irrespective of its size should be able to utilise features like IVR, Call Recordings to sound professional and serve their customers better. We believe that we're at the forefront of something big. Cloud telephony is poised to change the way businesses function. These guys think so too -
- Exotel is one of the top 14 startups to look out for in 2014
- Picked by Nasscom as one of the 10 promising tech startups
- Cloud telephony is here to stay!
- Mashable picks Exotel as one of the 10 startups to watch out for
We’re a high energy startup. We work out of Bangalore, sit around a desk, go for coffee together, handle everything from routers to disk failures to sales calls to customer setups. We’re dreaming big, and growing fast.
Shivku built Exotel for him to receive and make a lot of calls and not miss any calls. He is a passionate techie, has a wonderful sense of humour
Sudhir Rama Rao
Sudhir is an early investor in Exotel. Sudhir and Shivku have known each other from their Yahoo! days. Sudhir is now hacking at Zynga in the Bay Area.
Vellanki Bala Nageshwara Rao
Bala, like Sudhir, is an early investor in Exotel. Bala was with Shivku at Yahoo! He now works with the Apollo Group in the US after a long Y! stint.
Ishwar is the in-house cartoonist who brings in coolness to the office. Music and a few drinks can make him tick 28 hours a day. He can code/sell/ops/think/stabilize and provide solutions to the toughest of problems.
Sid is calmness personified (only his headache can make things go haywire!). He has a Windows phone he flashes everywhere, plays tennis and is a RF fan. His thoughts on building technology is unparalleled and everyone bows down to the man.
Blume Ventures Blume Ventures provides seed funding in the range of $50K - $250K to early-stage tech-focused/tech-enabled ventures. They have jointly invested in Exotel with Mumbai Angels and have been fantastic to us! The help and and advice keeps flowing.
Setup in 2006, they are pioneers of Angel Investing in India. The Mumbai Angels team was one of the main reasons for us to work with them. Their operations team is very hands-on and are always supportive.
Once upon a time techie turned MBA. Loves to play the devil‘s advocate. When he’s not trying to build products, he follows cricket or politics. Exotel’s favourite pastime is to troll him on his MBA.
After passing out of IIIT-B, Sanjeeth worked with CISCO for most of his life. Word is that he has not done anything wrong in the office for the past few months and we can bully him as much as we like. Until we find something wrong, that’s it.
Govind is an unbelievable Exotel-Career Gear success story. He handles Tech Ops at Exotel and has been doing some rock solid work. Trichy boy, was very silent in his initial days but now rocks our Tech Operations.
Swati is the second Punjaban + girl in the house, a Biotech engineer turned Software geek. She says, she is "genetically modified to work energetically and smart", and is passionate about Kailash Kher’s singing.
Anand is our Customer Success Champion. He keeps our customers happy and is a pro at breaking ice with prospective recruits. ‘Babumoshai, PRI ka naseeb uparwale ke haath hai jahanpanah. Usse na toh aap badal sakte hain na main. Kab, kaun, kaise uthega yeh koi nahi bata sakta hai. Ha, ha, ha.’
Lavanya has traveled and lived across India. She likes meeting new people and is multilingual. She likes anything with a solid reasoning which includes tech. She has learnt to embrace bugs and look at them as puzzles. Likes reading books and currently in the process of stalking Haruki Murakami whenever she finds time.
Vigil is food junkie, amateur cook, oddball reader of books with interesting names, latest being “Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov. Loves fishing turtles with a “LUNGI”, travel enthusiast but driving is not his forte. Did his BE in CS from VTU followed by an MBA from Acharya, and now a Sales Engineer at Exotel.
Gayatri‘s fascination for all things digital led her to work at Google after a degree in physics. Now, many years later, she has done marketing, business development, account management, research, insights mining, social media management and whatnot! Right now, she’s heading inbound marketing at Exotel and runs home at 5 to be with her son.She’s also a wannabe food blogger and photographer.
Sarath is the newest techie of our team. He‘s one of the few mallus we’ve met that doesn‘t drink. He’s an athlete and that could be the reason behind the healthy lifestyle
Nruthya Kesavan is a true blue Sagittarian. You can find her engaged in social conversations exchanging interesting trivia. She is a self starter, pretty influential for the good things in life and she is very fond of pets and loves to travel.
Abhishek is a wannabe tech geek. Sports freak. Can be found playing football or ultimate Frisbee and traveling most of the time! Typical Taurean. His plan is to own an island in the Caribbean one day!
After studying Maths and Civil at BITS Hyderabad, he came Exotel to code, the one thing he’s been wanting to do. He likes action movies and no-bullshit sitcoms. Used to be a CS (Counter Strike) freak, loves traveling and going to new places. He is looking forward to an awesome ride with Exotel.
Ritesh loves to be surrounded by programmable machines to play around and code. He loves thinking and reading books when he is not with the machines.
Aishwarya loves technology and music. She loves meeting people, travelling (current dream destination being the floating mountains in China) and teaching music as well. When vetti she reads, bakes and dreams about vacations.
Hassim is a BTech graduate Trivandrum. Exotel is his first job and he‘s the newest member on the block. He’s a movie buff who is a die hard Scorsese and Kubrick fan.
Akshay is a photographer, an adventure seeker and a foodie. But above all, he’s a big Apple Enthusiast!
Harsha is a proud Hyderabadi and a BTech grad. He’s played football professionally for local clubs and is probably the biggest ManU fan! Exotel is his first job and is looking forward to a wonderful journey of learning.
Saurabh is a gym rat who loves photography and the idiot box (crime shows, anyone?). Sales is the latest addition to the list of things he loves.