Advisory Board

Peter Relan

Peter Relan heads the Studio 9+ accelerator with his team of Mentors and Company Builder. Peter is a Silicon Valley technology veteran with over twenty-five years of experience in technology, executive management and serial entrepreneurship. He is the founder and CEO of YouWeb, an early stage startup incubator that focuses heavily on deep mentorship and the entrepreneur as an individual, rather than simply an idea. Peter is best known for helping to establish the co-founder method of incubation, or “parallel entrepreneurship”, where Peter joins each entrepreneur in YouWeb’s program as a co-founder, to work one-on-one with them to develop a great product and take it to market.

Gajanan Sakhare

Serial Entrepreneur, Innovator, Products & Digital Enabler BE (Computer Science), MBA, PhD. Founded SmartCloud Infotech in 2011 as a Mobile App and Games company. Has received multiple awards for building innovative digital solutions. Currently working in digital healthcare and personal safety space. Previously worked with EA Sports, Cisco and IBM.

Lila Poonawalla

Lila Firoz Poonawalla is an Indian industrialist, philanthropist, humanitarian and the founder of Lila Poonawalla Foundation, a non governmental organization promoting professional education among aspiring girls in India by providing scholarships and guidance. She is the first Indian woman to secure a professional degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a former chairperson of Alfa Laval India and TetraPak India. She was awarded the fourth highest civilian award ofPadma Shri by the Government of India in 1989 and the Order of the Polar Star by Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden, in 2003.

Mariko Yoshihara

Mariko is Chairman/Director of JAC Recruitment Indonesia. A successful businesswoman in her own respect, Mariko feels the need to contribute to her society for a better Indonesia. Mariko believes that SmartCommute shares her passion and together we will embark in a greater mission to provide safe and reliable transport services to India and other Asian countries.

Dr. Pravil Gupta

Pravil is an established and well respected Technoprenuer based in Bay Area. Pravil is CTO at Quadeye Trading, LLC. Pravil has done his BTech from IIT Mumbai, Masters in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Computer Engineering from University of Southern California. Previously Pravil has worked with leading CRM product company Selectica, Inc. as VP and CTO.

Sandeep Datar

An IIT Mumbai alumnus, has 18 years of rich experience in the field of Design, Research and Innovation, both as an individual contributor and a seasoned leader. His experience ranges from product design, product ideation, conceptualization and strategy, across diverse sectors like consumer Internet applications, digital media, search and display advertising, e-commerce, enterprise data center applications, industrial design of consumer durables and automobiles.