Friday, September 21, 2012

16 Indian Engineers without an MBA who are Great Entrepreneurs


I always believe that only MBA does not make anybody successful entrepreneur or a successful professional. Success in profession depend on own's capability, experience, leadership quality and sometime it is hereditary characteristics also.

Following article clear about it

Bangalore: Can an engineer make a successful entrepreneur? Many argue that an engineer simply cannot be a high-level leader in a company and should not be even trained to become one. But in actuality a technological professional with entrepreneurial skills has a better chance of innovating than an MBA. The professional qualifications of an engineer are not an obstacle, but an important requirement for making a business successful. Let us see how some of them used their engineering expertise and problem solving skills to solve real life issues and turn into a successful entrepreneur.

16. Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal | Co-Founders,

Sachin and Binny Bansal are co-founders of, the poster boy of Indian e-commerce, which has transformed the face of Indian e-commerce. It is a small Bangalore based company that grew very big in the last 5 years. It is known for its fast delivery and wide range of products. Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, both graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in Computer Engineering. Both of them worked in Amazon before starting Flipkart.

15. Avlesh Singh and Ankit Utreja | Co-founders, Webengage

Avlesh Singh and Ankit Utreja are the cofounders of Webengage, a customer engagement tool for websites. Avlesh did his graduation in Metallurgy at Indian School of Mines (ISM). Prior to Webengage, he was a member of the founding team behind, which was acquired by Infomedia18 in 2009. He led the engineering team at burrp. Prior to this, He worked for an IIT-Delhi incubated startup called

Ankit is a design critic, developer, tester and architect of Before starting up, he was engineering team lead at burrp. Earlier he worked with TCS in big enterprise projects. He has more than 9 years of technical experience.

14. Pallav Nadhani | CEO and Founder, FusionCharts

Pallav Nadhani, an MS in computer science who graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded FusionCharts in 2002 when he was still a teenager and was looking for a way to make more pocket money. The enterprise, a leading provider of visual web applications and solutions, specialises in making data visualisation components like charts, gauges and maps, and caters to customers worldwide. They have more than 20,000 customers and 450,000 users including a many Fortune 500 companies. Pallav also holds the position of Chief Gardener at Seeders, an angel fund which he co-founded for seed funding technology companies in India.

13. Deepak Ravindran | CEO and Founder, Innoz

Deepak Ravindran is the founder and CEO of Innoz, which he started in his college dorm room in 2008 with 3 other college mates. Innoz isa leading mobile company based in Bangalore which was named a Red Herring Global 100 and Nasscom Top 8 Emerging Product companies for 2010. Deepak left Kannur University, LBS College of Engineering, Kerala as a dropout with a novel idea of giving Internet to the offline world. It is now the largest offline mobile search engine (SMSGYAN) with more than 15 million users and counting.

12. Aneesh Reddy, Krishna Mehra & Ajay Modani | Co-Founders, Capillary Technologies

Aneesh, Krishna & Ajay have co-founded Capillary Technologies which provides mobile-based customer acquisition, tracking, and loyalty business. They have unique SaaS-based solution that uses the mobile phone as a means of signing up customers for a loyalty program, and then do the relevant analytics and actionable and RoI-oriented campaigns.  All the three co-founders are engineering graduates from IIT Kharagpur.

11. Deepinder Goyal & Pankaj Chaddah | Co-Founders, Zomato

Deepinder and Pankaj which is all about food and where you can find the best of it. From the nukkad wala dhaba to the swankiest restaurants in your town, they provide you with all the info you may ever need: menus, pictures, maps, reviews, ratings and contacts. Deepinder holds an Integrated Masters in Mathematics and Computing from IIT delhi and Pankaj has done Mechanical Engineering from IIT delhi. He worked at Bain & Co for over 2 years before Zomato.

10. Vijay Shekhar Sharma | Founder, One97 Communications

Vijay is the founder and promoter ofOne97, which is a pioneer in mobile internet services for consumers in India. It has the widest and largest deployment of telecom application cloud platform. Vijay has done engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and his first venture started while he was still at college, XS Corps, which he later sold to Lotus Interworks LLC, New Jersey in 1999.

9. Anand Babu Periasamy | CTO and Co-founder, Gluster

Anand Founded Gluster which was acquired by Red Hat. Gluster was a software company that provided an open source platform for scale-out Public and Private Cloud Storage. Gluster was funded by Nexus Venture Partners and Index Ventures. Gluster was acquired by Red Hat on October 7, 2011. Anand did his engineering from Annamalai University and presently works on Big Data and Cloud Storage in Red Hat.

8. Mukund Mohan | Serial Entrepreneur and Angle Investor

Mukund is a serial entrepreneur, and have founded & sold companies in the Internet and Mobile domains. He has also invested in the seed stage at 7 startups in India and 27 in Silicon Valley. Mukund did his MS in Computer Science at University of Maryland Baltimore County and dropped out of Hass School of Business. He was the Vice President of Marketing for Inovis, a leading B2B Community Management software company. Before Inovis he was head of product marketing for Mercury (Hewlett Packard) responsible for the strategy and customer success of the company's Application Management solutions.

7. Bhavish Aggarwal & Ankit Bhati | Co-Founders, Ola Cabs

Bhavish & Ankit founded Ola Cabs to reduce the hours spent on finding a car rental and a good cab deal. is a portal for all types of cabs and car rentals. You can view customer ratings of that car operator and then book it right there on the website. Bhavish graduated with a BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay and Ankit did BTech in Mechanical Engg and MTech in CAD and Automation from the same institute.

6. Vivek Ravisankar and Harishankaran K | Co-Founders, InterviewStreet

Interviewstreet began as a college project at NIT, Tiruchirapalli. The founders Vivek Ravisankar and Harishankaran K, both 24 years old, set up a forum for mock interviews with college students during placement season, helping to filter out promising candidates from the larger pool. On graduating, they were hired by Amazon and IBM, respectively, but continued to work on their start-up idea in their free time. Their company became the first Indian company to be selected by YCombinator.

5. Sujai Karampuri | CEO & Founder, Sloka Telecom

Sujai founded Sloka telecom which is a Radio Access Network (RAN) solution provider. It is a pioneer in designing, developing and selling compact and cost-effective Base Stations and Consumer Premise Equipment (CPE) for new standards- WiMAX and WiFi.

Sujai is a NITian from Warangal having a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. He went on to do his masters in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Sujai had worked in Alcatel & Sasken before starting Sloka Telecom.

4. Paras Chopra | Founder, Wingify

Paras Founded Wingify, a startup that develops intelligent, affordable and simple-to-use tools for helping people make more money from their websites and eCommerce stores. Their first product Visual Website Optimizer is an easy to use A/B split and multivariate testing software that is used by thousands of SMBs and enterprises world-wide. He writes several blogs. Paras did his graduation in Biotechnology from Delhi College of Engineering.

3. Mukesh Bansal | Founder & CEO,

Founded by Mukesh Bansal in 2007,Myntra is India’s largest on demand personalization brand for products, gifts and cool merchandise. Myntra enables individuals and corporate to create their own products by adding content of their choice. Mukesh is an IIT alumnus and had worked in Deloitte for 2 years. He also worked for 4 different startups in California before coming back to India and starting Myntra.

2. Raghu Khanna | Founder & CEO, CASHurDRIVE

Raghu founded CASHurDRIVE which is an innovative ‘On-Vehicle’ advertising concept which happens to be the first of its kind in India. It is the link between vehicle owners who are willing to display commercial campaigns on their private/commercial vehicles and the corporate world that is up for such innovative outdoor advertising.

Raghu is a from IIT Guwahati. He holds the distinction of being a finalist at Phillips Simplicity Challenge which was aired on India’s leading business news channel CNBC and CNN-IBN.

1. Phanindra Sama | CEO and Founder,

Phanindra Sama is the Founder and CEO of redBus, India’s First Online Bus Ticket Booking Service. Started in 2005, today redBus is the largest online bus ticketing company in India. It has the largest network of bus operators. It offers over 4500 routes across the Indian map.  Customers can book tickets as per their convenience – be it the phone, home delivery, physical outlets or even SMS. A rapidly growing Indian startup it is revolutionizing the way people book bus tickets. And, it all started when the Phanindra could not meet his family on a festival.In just few years of its launch, Phanindra & his team scaled redBus to a level where it’s revenue is above $12M.

Phanindra did his Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani and Post- Graduation from Indian Institute of Science. Prior to redBus, he worked at ST Electronics and Texas Instruments. He hails from Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Disclaimer: This is neither my research nor I am author of this. This material is taken from following sources:

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