About Me

Product Fanatic / Rocket Executor / Go Getter

I’m a software engineer –> product designer –> UX addict –> customer champion –> Frameworks Engine –> Entrepreneur in short.

Started my journey as a student entrepreneur in 2004.

Tasted the blood but succumbed to peer pressure and joined Accenture from college. Worked at Accenture R&D Labs and built an AI product. My first technology intensive and large scale problem and I loved it.

Early 2007, relocated to Norway to work with a startup that Accenture acquired. What is really interesting is that first time I started to look at India and its challenges from outside. I got the reference of a developed country to compare India with. I felt that I must solve some problem for my country. I looked to work on a problem that satisfied two simple conditions

  1. Leverage my engineering skills and software understanding
  2. A problem that was already solved in Norway

RouteGuru – India’s first “landmark intelligent driving directions” startup that I cofounded with unarguably the most talented people in the country, Avinash Agrawal and Rajesh Ragavan. We quickly became the first choice of people over Google/Yahoo/other services in India. The product won global recognition and multiple awards. We quickly raised a seed round and world’s best VCs were chasing us. We filed an Indian patent. BUT. After a roller coaster ride with no salary cheque for three continuous years, and experiencing the challenges of scaling a venture in an early product ecosystem in India, we decided to shut down RouteGuru after about 3 years of wonderful learning experience.

“We did not earn money but knowledge and invaluable experience”.

EKO – A low-cost, last-mile infrastructure that bridges access to formal banking needs for millions of underserved people through the most innovative mobile technology platform that is designed exclusively for them. I joined a bunch of friends who were dreaming much bigger than I ever dreamt of. They challenged the existing banking system in India and were crazy enough to believe that they could actually do it. Soon, India’s largest public and private sector banks (SBI, ICICI & YES bank) joined hands to share the vision.

I joined Eko really early stage. No customers, no revenue. I played several roles from being the Business Development to HR to Engineering to the Product Head. Lastly I was responsible for massive business growth, customer retention, and channel retention. Today, Eko has processed more than $1 billion and helps ~6 million customers save and share their hard-earned money in the most convenient and secure manner. Eko turned profitable in 2014 after 6 years in operation. It received an aggregate funding of $12 million from CGAP (subsidiary of World Bank and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation), Technology Development Board (Govt. of India), Creation Investments (Social VC Fund) and grants through multiple development agencies. After 5 years at Eko, I decided to step back a little and figure out another problem that I would love to solve for rest of my life.

I relocated to Silicon Valley and enrolled myself for a 1 year MS in Software Management program at Carnegie Mellon University, SV campus.

I’m excited with the way it is getting easier to experiment and discover something that can truly simplify lives of people globally. Around April 2015, I began an experiment that tinkers with the very basics of social networking and I’m always happy to connect with people who want to make a dent in this life. I believe

“People with the same feather flock together”

I am reachable at Gmail and Twitter as ‘GPIYUSH’

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13 responses to “About Me

  1. hey u have written here that most of the programmers dont write a single code in their liofe, then what are the main work in theses IT companies??.. Actually i am supposed to join one of these companies next yr when i passout.

  2. Hi Piyush,

    Came across your blog while doing some narcissist search (searching for me of course ;).
    Anyways – what technology are you working on right now?


    Piyush

  3. Hey Piyush,

    nice and informative blog. but lemme tell u something, I also come from a IIT background but what u wrote, I dont agree completely. Its more about working hard.

    Anyways nice blog, will keep roaming around here!!!

    Cheerz
    Srinix

  4. gud start..

    keep posting : )

    daksh

  5. Nice blog man, have blogrolled u

  6. I have been reading your blog for sometime and find it very interesting. Your self description makes you even interesting a person.

    I recently attended a session at Stanford, where the speaker said “If you have the clear and unique thought process, none can stop you from leading the leaders”. Your thought process is very neat and I’m sure you’ll someday be a great leader.

    All the best!

  7. Thanks for the words of encouragement written about me in your blog on Delhi Bloggers Meet.

    Pl keep me informed about latest developments on Bloggers front.

    Thanks again Piyush!

    Talwant Singh

  8. Thank you all for the motivation.

  9. Thats so cool of you. I mean I share most of your thoughts but have never had the courage to leave my 9-to-6 commitments and step into the entrepreneurial world myself. Best of luck for your ventures…

  10. Hi Piyush, i have seen your site routeguru.com and tested, really very useful and intresting. http://www.oxyshopping.com India online shopping search engine so please can you you give us your most valuable feedback. Thanks

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  13. I need to say, youve got 1 with the finest blogs Ive observed in a long time. What I wouldnt give to be able to generate a blog thats as fascinating as this. I guess Ill just need to keep reading yours and hope that 1 day I can write on a subject with as much information as youve got on this 1!

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