Cofounder / CTO
Cofounder & CTO, TheFind
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Cofounder / CTO
An entrepreneur, a computer scientist and a leader.
Shashikant cofounded TheFind in 2004, a world class consumer shopping product based on patented search technology.
Started from a dorm room prototype, and built one of the biggest vertical search engines in the world. Hired and led the whole technology team. Continue to work on areas like information extraction, search relevance, clustering & normalization, auto-classification, online marketing, social ad-targetting etc.
Shashikant has a great passion for education, and is reinventing pedagogy in India with BITSConnect 2.0. Previously, he was co-founder of an e-learning project called "Embryo" for BITS Pilani.
Advising non-profit startups in India & teaching part-time.
Entrepreneurial attitude, and interested in every aspect of building a business.
Specialties: entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, information extraction, machine learning, text mining, hadoop, search & ranking, distributed systems, education, distance learning, telepresence
Leading a team to build one of the world's best vertical search engines.
Jack of all trades, Master of R&D.
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Decide the strategic direction for TheFind (Shopping Search Product)
- Work with each and every person in the company (Engineering, Product, Marketing, Bizdev, Exec Staff, HR) to drive business goals
- Hire great staff, especially the best computer scientists
- Innovate constantly, and create and atmosphere where the team can innovate
- Keep abreast of the competition, give talks in external forums etc.
With a core group of computer scientists (< 20) whom I've hired and mentored, TheFind has built a shopping search engine in the US that is larger than those of eBay, Amazon & Google Shopping. We search 670M products !
Developed end-to-end systems for crawling, web information extraction, 1000s of ML classifiers, entity extraction, indexing, distributed search engine, query understanding, search ranking, revenue optimization etc. Granted 7 patents in the process (http://bit.ly/1t5dU1J)
Grew the company from a dorm room prototype for seed funding, to a consumer product used by 10s of millions of users, and a business model generating revenue from 10,000+ retailers.
Online retail is 200 billion dollar business, yet its just 7% of total retail.
TheFind's goal is to build a product focussed on all aspects of the shopping process like comprehensive product selection, price comparison, deals & coupons, product reviews, shopping at local stores, shopping based on your personal preferences etc. We bring you shopping applications on all platforms - desktop, tablet & mobile.
We're looking to hire kick-ass computer scientists. If you've worked on things like information extraction, search relevance, text mining, personalization, and would love to architect solutions to challenging problems, please email me at kshashi _AT_ thefind _DOT_ com
Architecting the 21st century education infrastructure in BITS Pilani (the #1 private university in India with 4 campuses)
BITSConnect 2.0 (http://bitsconnect20.bitsaa.org) is a $5.2MM project that interconnects all campuses via telepresence to enable the next level of teaching and collaborative research. Nothing of this scale has been done in India before. It is a showcase of how technology can re-invent the process of education in countries like India with a severe shortage of research & teaching faculty.
Embryo (http://embryo.bits-pilani.ac.in) is a project to foster strong collaboration of BITS students & faculty with the alumni & friends of BITS Pilani. We've conducted 100s of lectures from all over the world via video conferencing.
Through lecture series and collaborative projects, the students can get exposure to the cutting edge research areas. They also get an opportunity to network with alumni & friends of BITS, who are reputed academicians and industry leaders.
Led this project from idea generation to evangelizing & building an executive team. Set up a club of 50+ people on-campus, and successfully transitioned the project to an auto-pilot mode by setting up a process for succession planning.
Also Director at BITSAA from 2008-2011.
Active in the Silicon Valley Chapter, & involved in organizing key activities like the Mentorship program, Annual Reunions, BITSAA Global Meet 2011.
Did a lot of project work in Search, Databases and Artificial Intelligence at Stanford.
In parallel, I worked in a research group, and collaborated extensively with other departments at Stanford, and with universities like CMU. Applied information retrieval knowledge to projects in fields like mechanical engineering, digital media & social science.
- Worked on "DIDET", a project funded by NSF-JISC, which aims to enhance collaborative learning opportunities by enabling students to partake in global, team based design engineering projects, in which they need to access a variety of digital information sources like document sharing and video/text indexing systems.
- Worked on NTK (Narratology Toolkit), an approach to compare two narratives. This was applied in ReVeL, a project funded by Kozmetsky foundation, which aims to develop research and practice of real-time, interactive venture design for social ventures in a distributed environment. Filed a patent.
- Worked with a Vision Expert on “Vista”, a prototype to test the cognitive effects of GUI for color-blind people.
Worked on the design and implementation of a new command in SQL Server 9.0, related to reverting back to a replica using multi-threaded asynchronous disk I/O. Filed a patent on 3 months of work.
Negotiating project specification with clients, managing interns, development of application suites like a trading game simulation, event management application, myers-briggs simulator etc. for professors, research teams, and the consumer-facing portal www.insead.edu.
As a project trainee in Division of Remote Handling and Robotics, I worked on application development related to image processing.
New Delhi Area, India
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