I am an Entrepreneur and serve on the Board of Advisors for multiple technology startups. Advisory roles and CTO positions is what I aspire to continue to do at an early stage startup.
I am a Technologist with over 20 years of experience working at all size companies, from early stage startups to large Enterprises.
My strengths are product strategy, technology strategy, and execution. I have led B2B2C SaaS products launches, resulting in 1M+ daily active users & 40% MoM growth < 90 days of launch. Additionally, I have a proven track record of guiding product teams in defining solutions that help B2B customers achieve their key revenue and growth metrics and driving network efforts between B2B and B2B2C platform solutions.
I enjoy building high performing teams with a passion and gumption to Innovate. Having lead small teams to large teams of ~400 people, I have spearheaded all technology functions - Product Management, UX, Data Sciences, AI, Development, Quality Assurance, Architecture, Cyber Security, Infrastructure, and Corporate IT functions.
Along with my wife, Neeta, I have started a winery in Paso Robles (Central California) named LXV Wine, which won an award for being the 7th best Tasting Experience in the US by USA Today.
I am also an instrument rated private pilot with almost 600 hours of flying.
Help startups define their product strategy and acheive Product-Market fit. Release quickly to learn from your customers
Help companies define their cloud and platform strategies for scale. Define & lead integration and cloud migrations
Help companies define their digital transformation & growth strategies along with execution plans
Help companies understand the value of Data and how to use Artifical Intelligence as part of their business strategy
Create a capacity to innovate within the team by fostering an agile mindset and a focus on aligning to business outcomes
Align Security, Privacy and Compliance frameworks to meet business goals and deliver reliable and secure products to your customers & partners
Help startups build technical teams in all disciplines - onshore, near shore and offshore with KPIs and best practices to ensure success
Help companies Technical Due Diligence, Deal Negotiation & Technical Integration with a focus on team culture, leadership and execution
I had a pleasure of working with Kunal. He is a great technologist with high energy with attentions to details on how to get something done from concept to development. Kunal led development and operations of Bouju as a startup. He is hardworking entrepreneur and creates great solutions to difficult engineering problems. He is well liked, warm and respected among his team and peers. He is a good friend and respected colleague.
Kunal was a truely great addition to the team at Wakesoft. He brought both the knowledge and enthusiasm thats required in a start-up environment. He did an excellent job as an SE and was also a source of tremendous knowledge on industry trends and directions.
I met Kunal during his tenure at Sony Pictures. He and I clicked right away, and we worked on a product idea for Identity Management as a Service. Kunal was very passionate about understanding customer pain points and applied technology solutions in a cost and time effective manner to address those needs. He is a great mix between a hardcore technologist/architect and effective business leader - who has the ability and capability to work around the clock, putting customers first and the team next and then himself.
I introduced Kunal to 2 early stage startups where he helped the team with their go-to-market strategy and helped build their dev team. He guided the CEO on the right product plans to achieve Product Market fit. As consulting CTO, he lead the development team to deliver their MVP. He is also a good friend, hard worker and is a good pilot.
Kunal is an extremely bright and capable systems architect. At Sony Pictures he was a pioneer in our efforts to develop a comprehensive component based infrastructure - thus increasing reliability and drastically lowering maintenance costs. He effectively managed domestic and off-shore development teams. Kunal not only understands modern Web based technologies, but also a deep knowledge of the applications we were building. But best of all he has an uncanny common sense to know what is likely to work, and what won't (or be too expensive to build).
At MINDBODY I have had the pleasure to work under Kunal. I have seen him transform the organization into one that empowers the team to accomplish their goals. If you are a high performer and you earn his trust you can succeed with Kunal. He is quick to recognize talent and support it. Kunal is also humble, and highly accountable. One of the best things about working with him is watching him take responsibility when things go wrong. However when it goes well, he gives praise everywhere it is due. This is a rare ability for most C level people I have worked with. I have rarely seen anyone work as hard as Kunal. He will burn the midnight oil to make sure his responsibilities are done, and he is ahead of the game. Yet with all of this hard work, Kunal is cheerful and fun to be with. A truly great leader and person. He is a rare breed among leaders I know.
Kunal belongs to the rare breed of technologists who possess the unique blend of vision and execution. Having closely worked with Kunal on a many opportunities, I've particularly been inspired by his viral positive energy, enthusiasm and conviction. Kunal is truly a visionary who not only understands business and technology but also understands people. He is a proven leader who is able to grow a business in a brilliant and effective way. Kunal is a talented leader who can build world-class teams and get things done. He cares deeply about his team members and goes an extra mile to make sure they are successful. Kunal has an amazing breadth and depth in a number of areas including security, scalability, performance, enterprise integration systems, Java/J2EE middleware, SOA, as well as transactional systems. Kunal is an inspirational leader whose candor, sincerity and dedication to succeed is second to none and I highly respect him for that. Kunal has been an inspiration to me and I have learned a lot from him.
Kunal is a wonderfully perceptive thinker on new technologies and has been a remarkably productive writer. It is a rare skill to be able to make these imaginative leaps and also be able to communicate these original ideas to an audience of skeptical peers. Kunal and I have worked together on many articles over several years and he has been more than reliable. In fact, he has the uncanny ability to finish drafts and rewrites before I've even completed my edits. It's scary, and I can only conclude that his powers are superhuman.
Knowledge, purpose, drive, and responsibility. These are principles that Kunal applies into every aspect of his management and architecture roles. He is a pleasure to work with and strives to share his knowledge with others.
Kunal presented at Burton Group's annual Catalyst North America conference. Not surprisingly, his talk was rated very highly. He demonstrated excellent speaking skills and authoritative technical expertise. Both attributes are essential to our conference attendees.
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