Startup Cube

ITSERVE SYNERGY 2018

The ITSERVE SYNERGY CONFERENCE is an information-rich event which provides owners and executives with strategies and solutions that addresses the unique needs of growth and diversification of IT Solution & Services Industry.


At this two-day event you will meet with 1500+ CXO's from over 1,000 companies representing some of the best brains/brands of businesses from our 13 chapters, spread across USA. The knowledge session will have renowned speakers and panelists addressing topics/tracks ranging from sales, recruiting, immigration and innovation


Startup Cube

Startup Cube was created with a simple mission of helping startup companies succeed. Having a great idea is just the starting point. Startups need the right environment where Founders, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Mentors, Board of Directors can all collaborate to make the company successful. Our mission is to provide this environment and give startup companies the best chance of success.


During Synergy 2018, following activities are planned

  • The Startup Pitch Contest
  • Knowledge Session: 7 Habits of Successful Startups and Investors
  • Innovation Hub

The Startup Pitch Contest

"Startup Pitch Contest" - our own version of "Shark Tank" is an innovation capsule where multiple entrepreneurs with ideas and products will pitch their offerings to a panel of business leaders and investors. Potential investors will ask questions about the startup plan and strategy. Some of the shortlisted startups will get investment and get mentorship from these Investors and Thought Leaders.

Submit your application at: http://ITServe.org/startupsubmission



7 Habits of Successful Startup & Investors



This knowledge session will feature some prominent Thought Leaders from the Industry, who will share their experience as a story to inspire and educate Startups and Investors.


Startup Cube Speakers

Dayakar Puskoor

Dayakar Puskoor

Managing Director at Naya Ventures

Dayakar's distinguished career is showcased by an impressive record of achievement in building high value mobile, wireless and telecommunications businesses. He was recognized by the US White House as a mobile technology visionary and has been a keynote speaker for numerous industry events.

Dayakar is a Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a 50 million USD fund that invests in early-stage Cloud, Mobile & Big Data companies. Apart from his role at Naya Ventures, Dayakar is Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax. He is also a Board Member at Altia Systems, SnapOne and Zoomingo. He is a Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse.

Previously, Dayakar owned the P&L for the Hosting & Mobility Solutions business at Microsoft. He was responsible for the incubation, development and management of new mobility solutions. He also led the $350M hosting business encompassing all product development, product management, marketing and business development. Prior to joining Microsoft, as Founder and CEO of JP Mobile, Dayakar pioneered the industry's first mobile software solutions company. He secured $55 million in financing and successfully completed its acquisition by Good Technology, later acquired by Motorola.

Dayakar began his career with Motorola. He owned the P&L for the Paging product, including all aspects of design, development and world-wide customer support. He received the Engineering Excellence Award from management at Nippon Motorola.

Dayakar is an active supporter of entrepreneurs and startups. He has been involved with the Dallas chapter of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) since 1999 and is currently a charter member. Among other activities, he chaired the wireless/mobility SIG of TiE, and organized a wireless seminar in partnership with Nokia, TI and others. Dayakar is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University and earned a master's degree in computer science from Nova University.

Dennis Mehta

Dennis Mehta

Chairman | Technology Evangelist

Dennis Mehta is a lifelong entrepreneur with a background in private equity and venture capital. Specific sectors of interest include water, security, IoT, and advanced hi-tech companies. He is the Chairman for I-IT Group, a platform focused on connecting Israeli suppliers and technology with Indian markets, companies, and consumers.

More than 30 years ago, Dennis’s founded Professional Software Technologies. After leading the firm to a successful acquisition, he continued to build value as an executive, leading it to second and third exits at higher valuations by Esko and Danaher, respectively.

Dennis has specialized in driving growth in companies through focused marketing efforts, unlocking new or untapped distribution channels, revitalizing sales teams, and creatively combining products to retain customers and solidify margins. More recently, he has focused on identifying orphan brands (i.e., non-core assets) with weak logistics/sales and distressed opportunities.

He is the recipient of Marketing Excellence Award from DuPont Corporation and the Special Achievement and Presidential awards from Esko-Danaher. He is a founding Charter Member at TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and supports various charities in the US and India.

Jay Challa

Jay Challa

Chairman & CEO, AceInfo Solutions

Jay Challa, Chairman and CEO, has over 20 years of experience in operations, business development, project management, and technical management. Since he co-founded AceInfo in 2000, he has watched the company grow into a thriving, high quality Federal IT contractor recognized as a leader in the field.

Mr. Challa is a PMI-certified PMP and a certified Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, State of Maryland, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Prior to AceInfo, he worked at consulting companies such as BearingPoint, EarthTech (Tyco International Company), and Ed Zublin AG. Mr. Challa began his career as a staff engineer working on military family housing projects in Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in less than two years, he became the project manager on that account. Under his leadership and outstanding management capabilities, AceInfo has grown from a two-person, $50,000 Revenue Company in 2001 to a mid-sized leader serving the Federal Government market space. The company has won many awards from Federal Government agencies, including the SDB Contractor of the Year from the US Department of Agriculture and the National Directors Award from the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Mr. Challa received Fifty Influential Minorities in Business award from Minority Business Enterprise Network in 2006 and was on the cover of the Minority Enterprise Advocate magazine in 2009. Mr. Challa lives in Herndon with his wife Kavita and his daughter and son, Shivani and Varun.

Mr. Challa received a Master’s Degree in Engineering in 1987 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 1984 from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India

Jeff Wallace

Jeff Wallace

Founder, Global Kinetics

Jeff is President of Global Kinetics, a Bay Area based corporate advisor & market development partner to early-to-mid stage clients seeking to establish or expand operations within the U.S. He is also the co-founder of Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, an online platform allowing global entrepreneurs to access Silicon Valley content, coaching & connections as they build viable businesses. He is a Founding Investor, former President / Managing Partner of Batchery, a global incubator for seed stage startups. Jeff is a SkyAdvisor at UC Berkeley's startup incubator, SkyDeck, and an investor in SkyDeck Fund. He is a mentor to several startup accelerators where he advises early stage companies. He is an active angel investor. Previously, he worked for Cognizant as founder & Global Head for Mobility, IoT & UX practice areas. He is a frequent keynote speaker at global technology and startup conferences. Jeff earned a BA in Economics from Rutgers College & an MBA in Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Technology from UC Berkeley.

Mahesh Saladi

Mahesh Saladi

Private Equity CFO

Mahesh Saladi is the CEO of PRIVATE EQUITY CFO, LLC (PECFO), a prominent management consulting firm, which provides CFO and Back Office services for various Private Equity/Venture Capital/Hedge Funds and Family Offices, and liaisons with Investment Banks, national Law/CPA firms, Insurance, Real Estate and Funding Institutions. PECFO provides handholding and mentoring services for startups, SMEs in branding, business development, marketing by architecting business plans, valuations, introductions and funding referrals.

Prior to founding PECFO, Mr. Saladi spent 22 years with First Atlantic Capital, Ltd. (First Atlantic), a prominent private Equity/LBO firm with approximately $1B of invested capital and $3B AUM, and was the Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director and a partner in GP (1998- 2008) before becoming a Senior Adviser and Managing Director for First Atlantic (2008-2011). He was the Vice President and Secretary for 17 affiliates of the Group, and was the CEO (1998-2008) for SoftNet International, LLC., a software technology firm and indirect affiliate of First Atlantic, and the SoftNet Group.

Mr. Saladi acts as a Managing Director for KPM Asset Alliance, a global investment banking/management consulting firm based in Mumbai, India, and he is on advisory board of Orbit Healthcare, Inc., a technology solutions firm primarily focused on healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, Sunray informatics, LLC., and few other firms across the industries.

During his 34 years in New York, Mr. Saladi has built a solid network with financial professionals in Greater New York, and 13,500+ professional relationships on LinkedIn. He enjoys contributing articles on motivation and disruptive innovations, and passionate in encouraging growing firms and rising stars, and in assisting the world’s two great democracies, India and USA bonding together.

Shyna Skolink

Shyna Skolink

Founder, Navteca

Shyna Skolink is the creative mastermind and Chief "Everything" Officer at Navteca, a technology company focusing on emerging technologies and IT innovation, like cloud and virtual reality. We provide sought-after expertise and create exciting products that leverage cloud and virtual reality technologies with the ultimate goal of supporting the government and other organizations to realize their missions. I am an expert communicator and enjoy speaking about these exciting technologies. I'm honored to be included in the 2017 Oculus Launch Pad program.

Startup Cube Judges

Ashok Chitiprolu

Ashok Chitiprolu

Managing Partner & CTO at TechStar Group

Seasoned entrepreneur and tenacious business executive with success in establishing productive organizations that focus on niche and unique business needs. Has over 20 years of industry experience in establishing global delivery and technology solutions with stints at Microsoft, IBM, Verizon, EDS/HP, and AT&T.

Outspoken member at various social and business growth forums for small to mid IT Services organizations.

Thought leader in assessing the impact of emerging technologies such as Big Data platforms, cloud computing, mobility and analytics across various industry segments.

Diya Mathew

Diya Mathew

Partner, Attorney | Chugh LLP

Diya A. Mathews is a senior attorney based in The Chugh Firm's New Jersey office. Diya has been with the firm since 2008. Her practice focuses primarily on business immigration law and corporate compliance.

Diya received her LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Michigan Grotius Scholar. Prior to moving to the United States, Diya was an associate at a leading corporate law firm – Amarchand Mangaldas - in India. She obtained her B.A., B.L. (Hons.) degree from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of Law, India (NALSAR). Diya is admitted to practice in New York and is also a qualified Indian lawyer. She is fluent in Hindi and Malayalam.

The Chugh Firm provides corporate, tax, litigation, immigration, employment, media & entertainment, and M &A, services to emerging growth and mature companies. It has offices in California, Atlanta, New Jersey and Virginia. It also has affiliated offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Chandigarh.

Sashi Reddi

Sashi Reddi

Founder & Managing Partner, SRI Capital

First investor in a dozen software companies in the US and in India. Helping visionary entrepreneurs realize their dreams of building great companies.

Seasoned entrepreneur and business leader. Founded 4 start-ups over the last 20 years. My last company AppLabs, a software testing firm with 2,500 employees, was acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC).

Founding president of TiE Philadelphia. Member of the Wharton Entrepreneurship advisory board. Member of the boards of T-Hub (Hyderabad) and Ben Franklin Technology Partners (Philadelphia). Run a charitable organization that supports 650 school kids in Hyderabad.

Vijay Garg

Vijay Garg

Entrepreneur, Technologist and Investor

Entrepreneur, Technologist and Investor. Lead Technology initiatives/Products/Teams for some of the best brands in the industry like SAP. Specialized in building Development Studios, CASE Tools and Software Design Studios for variety of operating systems. Founded and actively managing many ERP and CRM solution centric professional services boutique firms like The Principal Consulting (TPC), Hermitage Infotech (HIT), Nuway Solutions. Special focus on SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft and NetSuite. Launched formal Investment initiatives under the group named “Gary Peter Group”. Investment focus is Technology based Startups, Real-Estate and Media Platform with focus on TV, Magazines and Portal. Always available for community services and support community.

Vinay K Mahajan

Vinay K Mahajan

President and CEO of NAM Info Inc.

Technology executive with over 40 years of industry experience in leadership, marketing, finance and engineering. Entrepreneurial expertise through 100+ Communication/IVR/Call Centers software projects across India, and Healthcare Practice Management Software in the United States. Current President and CEO of NAM Info Inc., a software services firm dealing in software consulting and ongoing software development projects. Lead the development team for approval of a patent for SAFE, a fire safety APP for high rise buildings. Engineering Graduate and MBA from premier institutes.

Pannala Suresh Reddy

Pannala Suresh Reddy

Co-founder of Wellness Alchemie

Co-founder of Wellness Alchemie, a company whose mission is to bring you fresh and natural products directly from its origin, with significant reduction in production to consumption cycle time. The freshness and quality of specific products can be benchmarked to the ingredients used in Michelin-starred restaurants.

The focus on technologies like AI and Block chain enables to source and track products from its origin - 4W: who, what, when, where

Founder of Vibrant, Inc. - a privately-held company founded in the year of the new millennium - 2000. An Oracle NetSuite Solutions Partner, helping clients in implementing Cloud ERP solutions and enabling Cloud transformation.

Actively involved in Startup community by hosting Startup sessions at various conferences. Mentoring various startups companies in fund raising, building strong management teams. Charter member of Rotary Club of Plainsboro, very actively involved in community service helping various causes.