Chalo! OpenTable

Founders

Kashyap Deorah

Co-founder and CEO

Kashyap co-founded Chalo and serves as proud-dad and CEO.

Prior to this he was President of Futurebazaar.com, the e-commerce arm of India's largest retailer Future Group. In 2007, he founded the phone commerce marketplace Chaupaati Bazaar, which merged with Futurebazaar.com in 2010. He subsequently headed the merged company.

Earlier, Kashyap started the US office of Geodesic (NSE: 503699) as VP Business Development, doing online affiliate sales in North America and mobile OEM sales in Taiwan & China. He was an early employee at Jasper Design Automation, where besides naming the company, he made significant contributions to sales campaigns for key customers and prospects in North America and Northern Europe.

As a senior year student at IIT Bombay, Kashyap co-founded Righthalf, the first campus start-up as part of the IIT Bombay Business Incubator. After a successful acquisition of Righthalf by Stratify, he moved to Silicon Valley in late 2000. Since then, he has worked with high-tech startups doing sales, business development and product management.

Kashyap graduated from IIT Bombay in 2000 with a B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering. Kashyap loves traveling, snowboarding, bungee jumping and climbing mountains.

Rishi Deshpande

Co-founder and CTO

Rishi runs engineering at Chalo, while loving to get his hands dirty doing programming.

Prior to this he was a member of the founding team at VSee Lab Inc in Mountain View CA, where he bootstrapped engineering to help VSee achieve revenue of multiple millions, while vastly increasing userbase. VSee is currently a 20+ person company on a exponential growth curve, and is funded by In-Q-Tel and Salesforce.com.

Before that he worked with Sony PlayStation's R&D team in Foster City CA, doing image processing for video-based interfaces for PlayStation games. The PlayStation Move controller launched in 2009 uses techniques developed by him.

Rishi holds multiple patents in video processing and video collaboration, and has an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BTech from IIT Bombay. He loves playing Legos and football with his son, playing the guitar and playing the fool.

Investors

Ash Bhardwaj

Ash has a stellar record of developing and scaling successful technology companies.

From 2004 to 2008, Ash was the founding CEO of Aricent, which he built into a major communications software company. Under Ash’s leadership, Aricent grew from $150 million to $500 million in revenue and became a strong brand.

Prior to Aricent, Ash spent more than a decade at Flextronics. From 2001 to 2004, he was President of Original Design Manufacturing and Design Services where he launched businesses for mobility products and communications equipment that quickly became key differentiators for Flextronics. From 1994 to 2001, Ash was President of Asia Pacific for Flextronics. During this period, he grew revenues from $150 million to over $10 billion and created more than 100,000 jobs.

Ash holds a BSEE from the Thapar Institute of Technology (India) and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. Ash is Founder and Chairman of SnapStick Inc (recently acquired by Rovi), Chrononix Inc and Infonam Inc. Ash is on the board of directors of Micromax, a fast growing innovative telecom company, and is also an advisor to Riverwood Capital, a globally focused private equity firm.

Rakesh Mathur

Rakesh is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and operated numerous technology companies that have been recognized as market innovators over the past fifteen years.

From 2004 to 2008, Rakesh was the founding CEO of Webaroo, whose SMSGupShup is the world's largest SMS based community, mobile marketing and group chat service with over 35 million subscribers. He was the founding CEO of Junglee, which developed technology that led to the creation of comparison shopping on the Internet. Junglee was acquired by Amazon.com in 1998 for $240 million. He was a founder and executive of Armedia, which had one of the first chip designs for MPEG2 decoders. Armedia was acquired by Broadcom in 1999 for $70 million. He was the founding CEO of Stratify which provided enterprise solutions for management of unstructured data. Stratify was acquired by Iron Mountain in 2007 for $160 million. Rakesh has been recognized as a member of the 1998 Upside 100, the 2001 India Today Global 100 and Junglee technology was given the Computerworld - Smithsonian award as one of the top five technologies of 1998.

Rakesh received his MS from the University of Texas at Arlington and his B.Tech from IIT Bombay, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus. Rakesh is Founder and CEO of SnapStick Inc (recently acquired by Rovi) and Chrononix Inc, and Founder and Director of InfoNam Inc. Rakesh is also an advisor to Riverwood Capital, a globally focused private equity firm.