Hello. We are Smiota.

Located in Pleasanton, California, Smiota Inc. provides a cloud based platform, locker operating system, applications and services that facilitate secure exchange of physical goods across all industries and walks of life. Smiota platform provides complete chain of custody, security, convenience and real-time analytics and reporting.  These features and more are available as secure APIs for partners and third party developers to use with their own custom solutions. PODs for refrigerated and dry packages, Mailroom automation app, package room automation, recipient presence apps and many other applications are already running Smiota operating system on Smiota platform.

Founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Smiota was created when CEO Manju Kashi experienced package theft at his door. He realized that packages delivered must be secured until they are retrieved. He brought together a team of savvy co-founders, experienced consultants and knowledgeable advisors who took the idea of package management from concept to product in less than two years.

Executive Team

Manju Kashi
Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Manju is responsible for overall operations overseeing everything from budgeting to strategy development for business growth at Smiota. Manju has over 25 years experience in Silicon Valley working at leading high-tech semiconductor companies such as AMD, Atmel, SST, Winbond, and ISSI. During his tenure at these companies, he has travelled to 47 countries for marketing and business development purposes. As head of the internet computing segment at SST he grew the business from $20M to $200M in 5 years. At Winbond, he was responsible for building a segment marketing team that grew the business from $6M to well over $350M in 7 years covering 25+ applications in computing, industrial, automotive, networking, communication and consumer segments. Manju served as VP of Marketing at ISSI before starting Smiota.

Kailasnath Dornadula
Chief Hardware Officer

As CHO, Kailasnath overlooks the hardware architecture of products at Smiota. For over 20 years he has focused on developing and integrating cutting-edge firmware and hardware systems into Internet of Things products. Prior to Smiota, he was co-founder at Ayantra, Inc. and served as Vice President of Engineering. He has valuable experience in executing Machine 2 Machine technology into applications such as custom fleet tracking devices. He is also co-author of a patent.

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Waheed Rasheed
Chief Marketing Officer

As a CMO, Waheed is responsible for marketing and sales operations at Smiota. He is a team builder and a collaborative leader who has solved complex problems and created products that have delighted millions of consumers globally. He has held leadership roles at Silicon Image, Trident Microsystems and Sigma designs in Product Marketing, Business Development and Strategy. He is also experienced in running non-profit organizations.

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Consultants

Bret Harrell

Bret is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California with 25 years of progressive experience in private industry and public accounting. His area of expertise includes taxation, consulting and financial reporting.

He started his career working as an auditor and tax preparer for an established CPA firm in the bay area. Prior to establishing his own consulting practice, he was an Accounting Manager and Controller for Netapp, Business Objects, and Michelle Kaufmann Designs. In recent years, Bret has been consulting several companies, including Ross Dress for Less, Polycom, Netscreen, and ADP.

Bret earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accountancy degree from California State University, Fresno, CA.  He is a member of the California Society of CPAs and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Ravindra Sunku

Ravindra brings over 26 years of experience in Manufacturing , Technology and Business operations at several high growth consumer products companies. In his early career he managed turnkey and job shop manufacturing in Southern California for commercial, aerospace and defense products. He transitioned from business operations to technology working for companies like Oracle and KPMG Consulting. With this unique combination of hands on business operations and technology he brought his expertise to high growth consumer products companies like Handspring, Palm, OQO, Sling Media, Bloom Energy, Shutterfly, Leia and Couchbase. He earned his MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He currently heads up IT for Stitch Fix and serves as a Expert-In-Residence for RippleWorks a non-profit organization.

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Advisors

Bhupen Shah

Bhupen Shah has over 10+ years of experience in early stage investments in startup companies and 25+ years of experience in technology, product development, and engineering management in embedded digital media and communication solutions at Sling Media, Emuzed, Dazzle, RealChip, Philips Semiconductors, IBM and others. Over his career, Bhupen has on four occasions successfully exited the companies he co-founded.

Bhupen has invested in 40+ early stage companies in Silicon Valley, Singapore, and India. Bhupen has been an advisor to several of his portfolio companies in the areas of business strategy, funding and M&A.    Bhupen co-founded Sling Media, and as COO & VP Engineering he setup the development center in Bangalore India and was instrumental in bringing award winning Slingbox products into retail market.  Sling Media was acquired by Dish Network/Echostar in 2007. Bhupen played CTO role post acquisition and was instrumental in incorporating Slingbox technology into DTH set-top boxes.

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Prior Sling Media, Bhupen co-founded Emuzed, Inc., initially serving as COO and EVP of Engineering. Bhupen played a key role in building and managing development team in Bangalore, India. His team delivered PC and embedded digital media products to worldwide tier-1 OEMs.  Emuzed was acquired by Flextronics.  Bhupen was also a key contributor and VP of Software at Dazzle, the first company to deliver video capture devices for the consumer market at retail. Dazzle was acquired by SCM Microsystems.

Bhupen holds a Masters of Science in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Ramesh Punaganty

Ramesh is the founder of 3 startups – two got acquired by technology leaders. The latest startup is now in a stealth mode.

The 2nd startup, Drastin, was Acquired by a publicly listed technology leader. Ramesh created the "Conversational Analytics" as a new product category, the product was recognized as the top 5 AI platforms by Gartner, and ranked as a "cool vendor" in search-driven data analytics – all in less than 30 months. The 1st startup, Cloud360 Hyperplatform, was acquired by Cognizant. Ramesh created the “Cloud Management Platforms” as a new product category, and built a 25M yearly business in under 4 years and with continuous quarters of revenue growth. The product was ranked as a leader in the magic quadrant by Gartner as well as 451 Research.

Ramesh is a consistent achiever of rapid-growth SaaS solutions with continued profitability as a builder of enterprise-class products and companies serving Fortune 2000 enterprises.

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Dr. Rolf Schlenther

Dr. Rolf Schlenther is a Senior advisor to Smiota, Inc. He brings his expertise and 25 years of experience in financial strategy, investments, negotiating and structuring business development, joint ventures and sales to grow Smiota solutions in the US, Gulf Cooperative Countries (GCC) and Europe.

He is a board member of the Interlink Private Office and executive director and a member of the executive management committee at The Interlink Group, a global private investment firm. He oversees all Europe/GCC and Latin America operations expanding the company’s regional footprint and formulating strategy. He manages key direct and co investment relationships with Interlink’s affiliate family offices, private investment offices, corporate investment arms and sovereign wealth funds globally. Dr. Schlenther has advised companies like BASF, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, E.ON, IBM, KPMG, Novartis, Oracle, SAP, Siemens, Toshiba and WPP.

Prior to joining Interlink, Dr. Schlenther was Senior Partner at Bridge-n AG, a merger & acquisitions advisory firm headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. Dr. Schlenther holds a doctorate degree in Economics as well as a diploma in Political Science. He is active with the Larta Institute, the German American Business Association (GABA), the National Geographic Society, and the Rotary Organization.

Khurram Mahmood

Khurram oversees all technology development and strategy at Smiota. Khurram is an engineer, architect and entrepreneur with close to 20 years experience in engineering and product management at leading enterprise software companies such as Workday, PeopleSoft and Oracle. He joined Workday when it was a small startup without products or customers and helped it grow to a $10Billion+ public company. During his tenure at Workday, he led several engineering teams and also served as senior technology architect responsible for overseeing technology strategy. Khurram has earned several innovation awards and also holds several technology patents.

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Anthony Craig

Mr.Craig in his advisory and sales consultant role at Smiota brings a knowledge of industry trends and relationships, including  merchant builders, developers, general contractors, design consultants, property management companies and HOA management companies in the multifamily and home building industries.

Mr. Craig heads asset acquisition in Northern California for Encore Capital Management, a diversified, vertically integrated, real estate investment and development firm that manages over $1 billion across three funds and several investment vehicles.   Prior to Encore, he held positions at Lincoln Property Company, Toll Brothers, and Taylor Morrison.  Mr. Craig is an active member of the Urban Land Institute. Mr.Craig received his BS in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis, and a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Warren Porter

Warren Porter brings more than 18 years of student housing experience to his advisory role.  He started his student housing career working as an Assistant Area Coordinator for Texas Tech University and returned to his alma mater as an Area Coordinator for the University of New Mexico.

Warren then ventured into the privatize student housing industry working for Century Development, American Campus Communities, and other private developers.  Warren has held various positions of responsibility from General Manager, Operations Specialist, Area Manager, and Regional Manager.  He is now the Director of Housing On Campus for AVS at UNLV.

Anthony Craig

Mr.Craig in his advisory and sales consultant role at Smiota brings a knowledge of industry trends and relationships, including  merchant builders, developers, general contractors, design consultants, property management companies and HOA management companies in the multifamily and home building industries.

Mr. Craig heads asset acquisition in Northern California for Encore Capital Management, a diversified, vertically integrated, real estate investment and development firm that manages over $1 billion across three funds and several investment vehicles.   Prior to Encore, he held positions at Lincoln Property Company, Toll Brothers, and Taylor Morrison.  Mr. Craig is an active member of the Urban Land Institute. Mr.Craig received his BS in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis, and a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Kay Mandegarian

As the founder and CEO of PurpleTie, Kay has taken a part time experiment, and turned it into the largest provider of onsite dry cleaning services at hundreds of the who’s-who of Bay Area companies. As the first company to offer Employers with a new category of employee convenience services, PurpleTie has taken that first mover advantage and leveraged it into continual growth to become the single largest provider of its kind in the nation. 

As an adviser to Smiota, Kay brings a wealth of experience in creating logistical solutions that meet consumers’ needs, while building and scaling a vertically integrated backend to service those needs.  Prior to PurpleTie, Kay served on product and development teams at Bank of America’s online banking division and later at Neoforma, a B2B medical marketplace. Kay has a bachelor’s degree in Business from San Jose State University and is an adviser to a number of other Bay Area companies.

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Madhu Madhusudan

Founder and CEO at Proxce, Inc. Proxce connects People with Location and Internet of things, Before Proxce, Madhu was an Advisory Consultant at IBM and TechM where he worked on various technologies and won numerous awards for innovation. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications and an M.B.A. from Leavey School of Business, SCU.

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