CNBC Young Turk, Shripal Gandhi is the founder and CEO of Swipe Technologies. Building the multi-million dollar company from scratch, Shripal has played a crucial role since the inception and subsequent global expansion of Swipe.
Mr. Shripal Gandhi
Founder and CEO
CNBC Young Turk, Shripal Gandhi is the founder and CEO of Swipe Technologies. Building the multi-million dollar company from scratch, Shripal has played a crucial role since the inception and subsequent global expansion of Swipe. With over a decade of industry expertise in diverse verticals under his belt, Shripal has successfully taken Swipe from being a nascent organization to the apex market leader in several states in the country. With a growing pan-India presence, focus on innovations and eyes set on international markets, Swipe Technologies has flourished with Shripal at the helm of affairs.
Always an overachiever, Shripal graduated top of his class from the University Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, transitioning to the prestigious University of California, Riverside (UCR) to complete his MS in chemical engineering. Having written several papers in reputed scientific journals to universal critical acclaim and with 11 patents in Nanotechnology under his name, Shripal was noticed by a leading nanotechnology company, Unidym (Palo Alto, CA, USA), where he drove the developments for commercialization of transparent conductive film applications. During his tenure at Unidym, Shripal worked with industry leaders like Samsung (Korean Division), Motorola and Apple, developing next generations touch screen technologies for handsets and portable navigation devices and other consumer electronic products in USA, Korea and Japan.
He was also a research scientist and a project leader at Nanomix (Emeryville, CA, USA), contributing to fundamental nanoelectronic breakthroughs that resulted in several intellectual property and trade secrets. As an application development scientist, he was instrumental in developing infrastructure, processes and technologies for solution phase deposition of functional nanomaterials.
Shripal always believed in dreaming big, and it was with a vision to empower India as a world leader in touch technology and revolutionary telecom products, that Shripal shifted base from the USA, to his home country. He joined Byond Tech as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Under Shripal’s leadership, Byond went from being a novice in the telecom field to being a major player in the mobile phone industry. Shripal nurtured and mentored a performance team, that drove business 100 folds from 2K mobile handsets to 225K Mobile Handsets in less than 3 years. Shripal had always maintained that affordable cutting edge technology is just a Swipe away and in 2012, Shripal finally founded his dream project – Swipe Technologies. He conceptualized and implemented the fastest design cycle time in the industry, to ensure the shortest time-to-market amongst the competition for product development. His exceptional work ethics and cast-iron deliverables enabled him to forge strong partnerships and multi-million dollar deals with stalwarts like TATA and MTV.
For his immense achievements in the fields of technology and business, Shripal has been felicitated by numerous entities. He is a Receiver of the Star Youth Achiever Award Winner by STAR TV. He has also been awarded as the Entrepreneur of the year in Mobility category by WAT Awards 2013. In April 2014, he is been recognized with Leo Youth Award for Entrepreneurship. In February 2012, he was awarded for the best campaign design for Rural Brand Development by international body, World Brand Congress. A member of TiE Silicon Valley Chapter (USA). He was recently also featured in online Business Journal of Wharton School, USA – Knowledge@Wharton. Besides this, he is also a PATRON of CMO Council, India Chapter.
In his spare time, Shripal loves to conduct inspirational seminars on life, spirituality, and relationships. He is also an avid reader, lapping up non-fiction books by the dozens. He is quite the outdoor person, and loves trekking, globetrotting and exploring new places.
Aman Gupta has always been a go-getter overseeing finance portfolio of companies stretching from real estate, IT and ITES, healthcare all the way to BPO’s. As the Chief Financial Officer of Swipe Technologies
Mr. Aman Gupta
Founder and CFO
Aman Gupta has always been a go-getter overseeing finance portfolio of companies stretching from real estate, IT and ITES, healthcare all the way to BPO’s. As the Chief Financial Officer of Swipe Technologies, Aman has spearheaded finance efforts and managed working capital with record efficiency with highest profitability, which has been an important catalyst in the impressive growth of Swipe Technologies.
Holding the Masters of Business Administration degree from the prestigious Pune University, Aman hit the ground running from the get-go. He founded a full service market research company and consulting firm called MarketsandMarkets, which produces 400 high-level, strategically analyzed, full-length reports a year, tracking more than 10 industries. Majority of its accounts include Fortune 500 companies.
Aman also founded a portal for group booking for residential homes, called Discounted flats, where he also serves as Director. He has played a pivotal role in nurturing the business and setting it in a high growth trajectory.
Aman is adept at multitasking, managing businesses across multiple sectors, and yet driving profitability manifold. He has worked in a strategic capacity and played an instrumental role for a health care service business providing outsourced services to physicians, clinics and hospitals in the United States of America. He also has experience in managing finance portfolios for healthcare, research, real estate and ITES venture. He has been an essential part of many successful start ups and was Instrumental in setting up and managing an import-export business as well as a mall.
With the business and financial affairs of Swipe in the hands of Aman Gupta, Swipe Technologies can look forward to a bright future and exponential growth in the coming years.
Nitesh manages the daily functioning of Swipe’s various offline and online distribution channels. He ensures that the day to day objectives of shipments, billing of orders and co-ordination between various departments.
Mr. Nitesh Agarwal
Director - Operations
In his role as Director- Operations at Swipe Technologies, Nitesh manages the daily functioning of Swipe’s various offline and online distribution channels. He ensures that the day to day objectives of shipments, billing of orders and co-ordination between various departments are met with efficiency and without any delays.
Mr. Agarwal also serves as an Executive Director of the board at Swipe Technologies and actively contributes to strategic and operational planning. Under his guidance and watchful eye, Swipe has grown to be an important name in the Indian mobile device industry.
He completed his education from Bishop’s Cotton School and Ness Wadia College of Commerce, Pune, following which he kickstarted several startups and honed his expertise in various verticals of business. This helped him prove his skills at effective management of resources and assets in the FMCG and Import-Export sectors where he has over 12 years of experience. Nitesh is a true veteran whose zeal and focus keeps us sharp and constantly yearning for more.
A true business leader, Mr. Agarwal likes to keep himself updated with the latest developments in his domain and loves throwing himself challenges. And when not busy pouring over files in his office, Mr. Agarwal spends time with his family and can often be found in the foothills of the Himalayas during vacations.
Mr. Ashwin Bhandari
Vice President, Strategy & Products
Ashwin is in charge of project management at Swipe Technologies, from inception all the way to execution. He also heads our manufacturing units, ensuring that production processes unfailingly meet their stringent deadlines.
With his roots in the software domain and years of expertise in the technology sector, Ashwin is a dynamic leader who maintains impeccable co-ordination with our R&D, Manufacturing and Design teams for flawless execution.
An MBA from the prestigious Symbiosis University and a former head of operations at a multinational corporation in China, Ashwin specializes in Marketing Intelligence and Product costing. His astute sense drawing from technology trends and innovative thinking have been one of the secret ingredients behind Swipe being able to come up with ingenious designs and features in its most loved products.
A fan of the Indian cricket team, he truly believes that team work can work wonders in the long run. All it takes is a spark.
As chief of key departments including warehousing, inventory control, distribution, and shipments, Dharmendra has instituted regimented reporting standards in all of Swipe’s commercial deals.
Mr. Dharmendra Sharma
General Manager – Commercial
Dharmendra is the General Manager (Commercial) at Swipe Technologies. His role consists of Supply Chain management. As chief of key departments including warehousing, inventory control, distribution, and shipments, Dharmendra has instituted regimented reporting standards in all of Swipe’s commercial deals.
In addition, Dharmendra also ensures that Swipe Technologies products are in compliance with the highest quality Standards. His deep knowledge of finance and BFSI sector has been instrumental for Swipe in maintaining sound accounting practices.
A Bsc. graduate in Physics, Dharmendra has 14 years of experience in the Telecom industry with giants like Sagem and Bleu. His work ethic and attention to detail is a source of inspiration for the entire team at Swipe Technologies. A subtle sense of humor and passionate interest in movies, also make him a fun person to be around with at work and an irreplaceable member of the team.
Mrs. Sharda Rivankar
A digital evangelist from early years of her professional career, Sharda has had the opportunity to work on digital platforms focusing on consumer strategies thus enhancing brands equity. She has attained 8 year mix of corporate, creative and brand building experience. She enjoys listening to pitches for new ideas.
Driven by the passion of continuous learning, she has been a master of all traits from handling brand management assignments to Digital Marketing, ATL / BTL strategies to PR mandates for some of the leading industry brands. Having worked in FMCG, Dotcom & Media industry with the likes of Red Bull, Viacom 18 Network (MTV, Colors, Nick & Vh1), Yahoo & Times of India, she has crafted some ground breaking campaigns that have garnered market leadership positions for the brands. She is driven by a simple mantra- “Retire Young, Retire Rich!!!”
Mr. Amol Shejole brings with him 6 years of experience in the Software and Technology field. His role in Swipe is to bring in innovation related to technology, software, features for the device and much more.
Mr. Amol Shejole
VP Mobility Solutions
Mr. Amol Shejole brings with him 6 years of experience in the Software and Technology field. His role in Swipe is to bring in innovation related to technology, software, features for the device and much more. He also ensures that every Swipe device is equipped with the best user interface and user experience. In addition, his role is to build a team of software developers who will customize the software for the Swipe devices.
An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Shejole completed his graduation in Computer Engineering. His passion for gadgets and software made him start his own company called NXG, a software company which manufactures smartphones and tablet PC.
When he is not hard pressed at work Mr. Amol likes to drive down to Goa with his family.
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