Parag Naik


Parag is a serial entrepreneur with over 22 years of industry experience, out of which 14 years have been in high technology startups. At Saankhya he has been the CEO since April 2014. He was the CTO and VP Marketing between 2007-2014 contributing to the product roadmaps and designing Saankhya SDR architecture. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Prior to Saankhya he co-founded Smart Yantra technologies one of India’s first Video IP streaming companies in 2001 and Vayavya Labs India’s first Electronic Design Automation Company in 2006. Both companies are high technology product companies. Smart Yantra was acquired by Genesis Microchip in 2004. He has also held various techno-managerial positions at Ishoni Networks and Philips.

He is a named inventor on 17 US and India patents in the areas of CPU/SDR architecture, Digital Communications, Signal Processing and Hardware-Software Co-design/ Code generators. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Karnatak University, India.

Vishwakumara Kayargadde (Vishwa), Ph.D.


Vishwa is an active technology entrepreneur with over 24 years of industry and research experience. Prior to Saankhya he co-founded Smart Yantra technologies, a high technology product start-up; one of India’s first video streaming IP companies. Smart Yantra was acquired by Genesis Microchip in 2004. He has been responsible for building and sustaining highly motivated technology teams at Saankhya and Smart Yantra. Under his leadership, Smart Yantra acquired several international clients. When at Genesis, he built the technology team responsible for the delivery of several key IPs from Bangalore. Prior to founding Smart Yantra, he was at Philips Consumer Electronics where he contributed to the system and software architecture for a new range of analog and digital TVs. His research at Philips Research Labs Eindhoven resulted in the development of computational models for estimation of video quality. Vishwa was awarded Ph. D. from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and M.E in ECE from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. Vishwa has co-authored several publications in leading international journals and co-inventor in several US patents.

Hemant Mallapur


Hemant has over 22 years of industry experience in IC product development and engineering management. He was one of the early members of Sage Inc which went public in 1999 and was later acquired by Genesis Microchip. At Sage, he led the development of company's commercially successful Video Processing chips for Digital TV's & LCD monitors, including the award winning FLI2300. As head of DTV VLSI group at Genesis, he managed the development of the company's first HDTV SoC. Earlier he worked at Synopsys Inc in methodology development and in the consulting group. Prior to that at Paxonet Inc he worked on ICs for PC and Graphics. He was nominated for the EDN ASIA Innovator Award in 2000. He has filed for 2 US patents and co-authored 3 papers in international conferences.

Venkatesh K Patil


Venkatesh K. Patil is a leading industrialist of North Karnataka region of India. He is the Managing Director of Karnataka Industrial Gases Pvt. Ltd. and Group of companies, who are the major producers of Industrial gases, Medical gases and Gas Mixtures. His industries span across the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. He is a Managing Committee Member of the prestigious All India Industrial Gases Manufactures Association (AIIGMA).

He has diversified business interests in technology companies. He is a reputed angel investor, having backed technology companies based out of North Karnataka. At Saankhya as a member of the Board he actively advises the Management Team in general management and administration matters. Prior to Saankhya he was a member of the Board at Smart Yantra. He also founded Kernel Technology - an embedded software company