Moderated by Venkatesh Kumaran, VP – Strategy & Operations, IESA

Panellists: Abhishek Latthe, CEO, SenseGiz

               Ganesh Shankar, Founder, FluxGen

               Prashanth Perugupalli, Founder, Spectral Insights

               Sudhir Sathiyamoorthy, Founder, Resonate

This panel discussion will discuss the most common yet rarely solved challenges faced by hardware startups based on the Internet of Things. We will not leave it at that, but will explore different ways in which they can be solved. The panel will also feature successful hardware startups to share their views and experiences.

The panel will talk about the problems with getting access to a good prototping home without having to buy a ticket to Shenzhen. Panelists will also explore ways to build production ready design and get to a viable product in the quickest possible time, and how to iterate better. It will share avenues where startups can get expertise and mentorship from the electronics ecosystem.

Finally, we will look at the classic problem – where are the funds for hardware startups hiding at?

Speaker Profiles:

Kumaran Venkatesh        

Venki has 30 years of of work experience in consulting, sales management, marketing ,operations and excecutive leadership roles across IT, Semicon, Embedded software and system design at various MNC’s and Indian companies at Hong Kong, Boston and India. At present he heads the strategy and operations at an Industry body on electronics and semiconductors and is passionately working to grow the ESDM industry as well as creating an IOT ecosystem in India. In a short span of time he was instrumental in getting the final approval of India’s first brownfield Electronic manufacturing cluster for $5Million. He has curated 16 IOT start-ups across MedTEch, Wearables, Energy ,spacetech and is passionately mentoring, coaching and advising them on Execution, Market Capital and funding capital. Venki is an Active member of the Ministry of Defense task force and is working on developing India’s Defense Electronics policy. He is the co-chair of Deftronics and IOTNEXT and also on the Governing body of TiE Bangalore


 Prasanth Perugupalli

Prasanth Perugupalli is the co-founder and CEO of Spectral Insights. They have built multispectral camera systems and a software product for analysis of spectral and spatial images. With these systems, Spectral Insights is addressing applications in precision agriculture, food sorting and other industrial applications. The flagship product from Spectral Insights is a fully automated digital pathology solution that is helping to connect a medical student and a Pathologist to the Internet. Previously, Prasanth was the managing director of IMEC India, a premier semiconductor research organization from Belgium. Prasanth has also worked as a product line director at Broadcom and Anadigics in the USA. He was also a director on the board of WiGig alliance and contributed to the standards development of the 802.11ad standard.


Abhishek latthe     

Abhishek latthe is the founder & CEO SenseGiz Inc, which makes products in the IoT and wearables space. SenseGiz has developed a safety focussed wearable product named the Star by SenseGiz and a track & find product called FIND. SenseGiz’s products are built to add value to our users lives every single day. Our primary focus is to design products that help keep our users safe, fit, happy and thus empowered. SenseGiz is currently selling its products very successfully in more than 10 countries.


Ganesh Shankar

Ganesh Shankar, a Bangaloreian, did his BE from RV College of Engineering. He worked for a year with a start-up called NextFirst Engineering in the field of Special Purpose Machines & Robotics before pursuing his masters at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc). He did his research on “Ion Trap Mass spectrometer” during his time at IISc. He later worked with General Electric for Aviation systems business, where he developed “Flight Management Control System FMCS” along with a team of embedded systems engineers. During his time at GE, he also worked with Energy Transmission and Distribution business (now called GE Digital Energy) as analog design engineer in developing energy meters for Smart Grid market. He along with other professionals from IIT and IIM co-founded FluxGen Engineering Technologies in the year 2011 to develop technologies in Renewable Energy domain and Smart MicroGrids. He currently operates as the Managing Director of FluxGen. His aim is to push technologies for renewable energy systems so that they become economically viable and reliable by using the power of IoT. FluxGen’s customer base includes, Indian Railways, Titan Watches, Buhler Group, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore etc. Besides Ganesh’s full time engagement with industry, he is also a Board of Studies member at RVCE (his alma mater) and Corporate Advisory Board Member at SRM University. In the past he was also the Guest faculty at BMSCE and National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.


Sudhir Sathiyamoorthy

Sudhir has 15+ Years of Product Engineering Experience in Product Development, Consulting, Sales & Marketing. He aslo has International Work Experience –USA, UK, Korea, Taiwan. He was a part of the team that designed Samsung’s 1st Smartphone in 2005. He has experience working across mobile, IOT product development ecosystem. He also has consulted for Samsung, LGE, HTC, Arima, Quanta, TI, Vodafone and several customers. He is a thought Leader & Invited Speaker at ESC, IESA and Startup Forums.He is currently building ‘RESONATE’ as a brand that solves everyday problems through technology. Two of the products RouterUPS, ChargePLUS are successful in the market and is a leader in its category.   

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