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First we imagine the impossible and then just execute

We are a lean team of seasoned professionals from various specialisations. The founding team has experiences in running successful business ventures, creating technology, implementing in large scale and having fun while doing it. We love what we do and are set out to change the world by bringing innovative products for homes which can improve the quality of life, unobtrosively. We are driven by ethics, love, care and appreciation for creative intelligence. We don't accept the status-quo and there is never a dull moment when we are at work.

  • Management Team
    Kasturi Rangan CTO

    Co-founder & CTO

    Kasturi Rangan M R

    A mechanical engineer with over 25 years of professional experience, Kasturi Rangan enjoys building products and intertwining them with solutions and wrapping services around them. Prior to starting up, Kasturi has worked as Head of Solution Engineering at Wipro EcoEnergy. He has also worked as a General manager- Operations at Welfab Technologies and as a Senior Manager at Spatika Information Technologies.

    He is passionate about quizzes, short stories, humour, social welfare and technology’s application to real world.


    Matt CBO

    Director

    Matthew Booth

    Matt is a Managing Director in the Commodities and Global Markets Division of Macquarie Bank Ltd, based in London, where he is responsible for principal investments in the energy and commodity sectors. From 2012 – 2016, Matt served as a non-executive director for Energy Assets Group plc, the largest independent smart metering company operating in the industrial and commercial gas sector in the UK. Matt is also a non-executive director for MGT Teesside Ltd, which is constructing a 300MW dedicated biomass power plant in the north-east of the UK. At Macquarie, Matt has advised on infrastructure transactions with an aggregate value in excess of £5 billion, and prior to this, he practised law in the project finance team of Linklaters LLP. Matt has an MA in Mathematics from Christ Church, Oxford, and an MSc in the International Politics of Asia from the School of Oriental and African Studies.


    Vivek Shukla Co-founder & CEO

    Co-founder & CEO

    Vivek Shukla

    With an MBA in General Marketing, IT and E-commerce from École des Ponts et Chaussées, Vivek Shukla has an experience of 19 years across fields like Marketing, Product management and Business development. Prior to starting up, Vivek worked as a Sr. Product and Marketing Manager at iCRM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has also worked as Marketing Manager at Wipro EcoEnergy, the clean tech division of Wipro. He was Product Manager at JobStreet.com-Network18 and led aggressive portal revamps and candidate acquisition strategy.

    He is passionate about design, automobiles, ambient intelligence, connected devices and analytics which can change the way we live and improve quality of life, unobtrusively.


  • Advisors
    Adhi Kesarla

    PRINCIPAL - NEW BUSINESS AT GOOGLE

    Adhi Kesarla

    Adhi brings nearly 3 decades of engineering, finance and business experience from GM and Google. He has tremendous experience in negotiations, defining financing structures and business requirements. He has executed complex deals totalling more than $6 Billion. He is the winner of 3 Alexander Hamilton Awards, Bronze- 2008, Silver-2009, Gold- 2011. Adhi has solid academic and professional credentials, including CFA, MBA (Finance concentration), MS / BS in Industrial Engineering.

    Adhi is fun, extremely approachable and patient besides being committed to the success of Smarterhomes. Adhi offers insights on corporate strategy, financial planning, fund raising, investments and negotiations


    Max Kelly

    MANIGING DIRECTOR AT TECHSTARS, LONDON

    Max Kelly

    Max is currently Managing Director of Techstars London. Techstars is the world’s leading accelerator programme for early stage start ups. Prior to Techstars, Max spent 12 years at Virgin where he was responsible for the strategy of the group and for starting new companies:

    • Virgin Insight - delivered big data consultancy to all the Virgin companies
    • Virgin Mobile USA - grew to revenues of $1bn within 18 months
    • Virgin Mobile Canada - voted best Canadian network in its launch year
    • Virgin Healthbank - freezing stem cells cryogenically
    These companies exited for more than $500M for Richard Branson.

    Alongside his Virgin commitments, Max also co-founded lastsecondtickets.com which was successfully sold in 2014. He started his career at L’Oreal running the UK’s largest haircare brand – the irony was lost on no one. He was a scholar at Oxford University, where he obtained a First Class Degree in Chemistry.

    Max brings his dynamic personality and vast experience to SmarterHomes as an Advisor to the board.