Mahesh Bhatia

Mahesh Bhatia

Managing Director at Evalueserve, Inc. | Future of Work | Pre-Seed/Seed-Stage B2B Startups | Stanford, MIT & IIT alum

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Research

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Mahesh Bhatia's Overview

Current
Past
  • Founder & Director, Research Services at SysLab IP
  • Business Development Consultant at GeoPhoenix, Inc.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University
  • Graduate Research Assistant - Stanford Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at Stanford University
  • Graduate Research Assistant, MIT Entrepreneurship Center at MIT-Sloan School of Management
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at MIT-Sloan School of Management
  • Market Research Analyst at Freelance
  • Software Engineer at Mahindra British Telecom
  • Graduate Research Assistant / System Design and Development Manager at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Software Engineer at Fujitsu-ICIM
  • Project Staff at Indpro Systems
Education
  • Government College of Engineering, Pune, India
  • S.P.College, Pune
  • St Vincents High School, Pune
Connections

500+ connections

Mahesh Bhatia's Summary

Mahesh is an entrepreneurial executive with 10+ years of successfully growing multiple businesses, advising dozens of early-stage tech startups, and prior to that, ~7 years in research & product dev in academia and industry.

He is a managing director at Evalueserve, an industry pioneer in global delivery of technology-enriched research and analytics services. While reporting to top management (McKinsey & IBM alumni), he has played key roles in business and capability development that have contributed to Evalueserve's growth by ~3.5X (to ~$120M/year) during his tenure. His revenue contributions have been recognized with multiple awards.

Prior to that, Mahesh founded and profitably grew SysLab IP before moving the practice to Evalueserve to leverage its global platform. He managed overall P&L, biz dev, client relationships, and hired/trained a team of experienced EE/CS engineers. His previous experience includes strategy & biz dev at a mobile startup, market research, ethnographer of chip design engineers, systems designer/developer at IIT-Madras, software developer at Fujitsu-ICIM and Mahindra-British Telecom, and hardware developer at a startup.

Mahesh has a rich network of industry execs, founders, venture investors, patent attorneys, tech boutique i-banks, and accelerators. He enjoys mentoring early-stage startups and introducing them to investors. He also continues being an advisor to students in Stanford's grad course 'Technology Venture Formation' for 12+ years.

Mahesh has grad degrees in Management Science (Stanford), Technology Policy (MIT), Bioelectrical Engg (IIT-Madras), and an undergrad in Electronics and Telecom Engg (COEP). During eight years of grad school, he has (co)authored fifteen articles, book chapters, and research reports (cited 75+ times worldwide) on business/corporate strategy, organizational adaptation, national innovation policy, and tech areas such as image processing, computer hardware, web services, nanotech, alternative energy.

Mahesh Bhatia's Experience

Mentor @ Stanford Ignite Program

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2014Present (9 months) Stanford, CA

This certificate program teaches innovators to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas. This program uniquely combines current graduate students and entrepreneurs with innovators, scientists, and engineers from leading companies. It is intended for innovators who do not have graduate-level business degrees. Stanford Ignite is offered on the Stanford campus in Silicon Valley as well as in Bangalore, India, Santiago, Chile, Paris, France, and Beijing, China.

Managing Director

Evalueserve, Inc.

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

December 2008Present (5 years 10 months) San Francisco Bay Area

While directly reporting to our top management team (McKinsey & IBM Research alumni), have played key roles in business and capability development that have contributed to Evalueserve's growth by over 3.5X (to ~$120M/year) during my tenure. Developing new business, managing client relationships (with CXOs, Managing Directors, Partners, VPs, Directors), overseeing the optimal design and execution of customized investment research, innovation/intellectual property intelligence, market intelligence, sales enablement, and data analytics programs (enhanced by technology) to support in-house teams of clients in hi-tech and financial services. Have also managed and mentored a team of several business development executives and helped hire sales support team members for them. Indirectly manage ~50 specialized research analysts based in our offices worldwide, who support the clients developed by me.

**** About Evalueserve ****
Evalueserve combines subject-matter knowledge, expertise in optimizing/executing clients' knowledge processes, and proprietary automation tools to provide fully-customized market intelligence, investment research, intellectual property/innovation research, and data analytics services to Fortune 500 companies (including some of the largest hi-tech companies), VC/PE firms, hedge funds, investment banks, strategy consulting firms, commercial/retail banks, law firms, and market research firms worldwide. Our numerous corporate accomplishments over the years have been recognized by awards from several prestigious institutions such as the Wall Street Journal, Red Herring, Deloitte, Integrity Research, and Outsell Research.

Venture Advisor

Pre-Seed/Seed-Stage Ventures (several)

January 2004Present (10 years 9 months) San Francisco Bay Area

I am very interested in talking to founders of US-based pre-seed/seed-stage enterprise start-ups that are working on innovative ideas around the theme of 'future of work.' There are many ways in which I can be potentially helpful to them as an adviser with my work experience and rolodex. Here are some areas that I am particularly interested in:
- Automation of business processes – routine/knowledge-based (for different verticals/functions in the Enterprise)
- Digitization of workflows that have traditionally been offline
- Vertical SaaS plays
- Enterprise apps (including mobile enterprise, and newer platforms like wearables in the Enterprise)
- Enterprise crowdsourcing platforms that help combine human + machine
- Productized Business/Information services (including those based on providing useful value from open/fragmented data)
- Technology-enabled data services and applications
- Communication/co-ordination of work in easier, better ways
- Enabling productive distributed/remote work
- Enterprise startups that take advantage of platforms like AlchemyAPI, IBM Watson, etc.

More broadly, I enjoy working with early-stage startup co-founders to help refine their new venture ideas, and have done this with dozens of startups over the past decade. I do this by asking a lot of questions around their market assumptions, business model, technology advantages, competitive positioning vs incumbents and other startups, etc. Occasionally, I introduce some of the more compelling ventures to angel investors and early-stage VCs in my professional network.

SF Bay Area startup accelerators I am actively involved with: Alchemist (B2B startups) and Manos (Latino-founded startups).

Advisor, Technology Venture Formation - MS&E 273

Stanford University

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2002Present (12 years 1 month) Stanford, CA

Being devil's advocate and mentor to 50+ Stanford graduate student teams working on technology venture business plans in a variety of sectors (B2B and B2C) over the last decade. Every year, a dozen teams are formed of grad students with diverse academic backgrounds and work experience. They present their plans to a panel of reputed Silicon Valley VCs at end of quarter. My mentoring involves testing team's understanding of size of market opportunity, their knowledge of current and potential competitors, defensibility of their technology/intellectual property, and their fundamental assumptions about what it will take to attract customers.

Am also holding weekly office hours @ Stanford every Fall quarter (starting Fall 2013) for new venture teams in this class: http://www.stanford.edu/class/msande273/syllabus.html

Venture Advisor

swissnex San Francisco

Government Agency; 11-50 employees; International Affairs industry

July 2012July 2012 (1 month) San Francisco

I enjoyed conducting "devil's advocate" mentoring sessions with startups being incubated at swissnexSF to help refine their venture ideas. I did this by asking a lot of questions around their market assumptions, business model, technology advantages, competitive positioning vs. incumbents and other startups, etc.

Engagement Director

Evalueserve, Inc.

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

June 2005November 2008 (3 years 6 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Expanded Evalueserve's client base on west coast among technology companies and patent law firms. Helped build expertise in intellectual property research team around a key ‘platform capability’ that has powered a large majority of innovation-related research support services delivered by then 45-analyst team (that has since grown to 275+ analysts and ~$15M in annual revenues by 2012) to our clients worldwide. Some examples of these services include: research support for corporate 'open innovation' initiatives, patent landscapes and white-space analysis for R&D planning, patent due diligence support for transactions of various types (VC investment, technology licensing & commercialization.) Mentored research team on various aspects related to client communications, project management, and cross-cultural nuances. Regularly provided inputs on several thought papers authored by top management.

Volunteer on Steering Committees

MIT Alumni Club of Northern California

20042006 (2 years) San Francisco Bay Area

Volunteer on the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, Growing Companies and Software Series Planning Committees of the MIT Alumni Club of North California.

Founder & Director, Research Services

SysLab IP

June 2003June 2005 (2 years 1 month) Santa Clara, CA

Founded and successfully bootstrapped SysLab IP, which provided research services to patent law firms, large technology companies, venture capitalists, and startups. Managed overall P&L, business development, and client relationships. Hired and trained a team of seven research analysts (professionals with several years of work experience and graduate degrees in EE/CS.) Moved the practice to Evalueserve to take advantage of its global platform after two years of profitable growth.

Business Development Consultant

GeoPhoenix, Inc.

February 2003May 2003 (4 months) Cambridge, MA

Prepared research reports about potential clients, competitors, and markets for the CEO. Managed interactions with law firm in drafting contracts related to strategic partnerships and joint product development with several potential partners/customers in the US, Europe, and Japan. Helped top management in editing marketing materials. Worked with company's designers to create a mock prototype for one of their products.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Stanford University

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 1999June 2002 (2 years 11 months) Stanford, CA

Graduate Teaching Assistant for several courses: Strategy for Hi-Tech Companies, Technology Venture Formation, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Organizational Behaviour, Creativity & Innovation in Organizations.

Graduate Research Assistant, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Stanford University

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2000September 2001 (1 year 1 month) Stanford, CA

Led the group’s research efforts to understand how companies, when faced with novel situations, can gain useful insights by intentionally engaging in small and thoughtful experiments regarding their strategy formulation, marketing, manufacturing, product development, and R&D activities. Authored a report to highlight the important managerial insights and directions for future research. Over the last decade, experimentation has become the key component of companies' strategies for introducing new products and services in the market.

Graduate Research Assistant - Stanford Center for Work, Technology, and Organization

Stanford University

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2000December 2000 (7 months) Stanford, CA

Conducted ethnographic observations of electrical engineers at a Silicon Valley firm, which designs high-performance, low-power processor architecture cores for embedded systems. Developed an understanding of how chip-design engineers' tools affect the way they apply their domain knowledge to perform their tasks.

Graduate Research Assistant, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

MIT-Sloan School of Management

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

September 1998June 1999 (10 months) Cambridge, MA

Actively assisted the project's principal investigator (well-known MIT economist Prof. Simon Johnson) in recruiting & managing a research team of eight graduate students. Formulated the research framework, identified best practices, analyzed differences among countries, made recommendations for promoting hi-tech entrepreneurial activity in India, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, etc. Lectured to public policy officials from Canada (Nova Scotia) and Taiwan about regional entrepreneurship development in MIT-Sloan's Executive Education programs. Project resulted in eight graduate-level theses at MIT and extensive materials for the hugely popular MIT-Sloan School course: “Entrepreneurship without Borders.”

Graduate Teaching Assistant

MIT-Sloan School of Management

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 1998June 1999 (1 year 6 months) Cambridge, MA

Teaching Assistant for three MBA courses: “Introduction to Negotiation Theory and Practice,” “Competitive Decision Making and Negotiation,” and “Negotiation and Conflict Management.” Collectively, these courses taught quantitative (numerical computation) as well as qualitative (psychological and behavioral) aspects of preparing for and conducting effective negotiations. Assisted professors in designing course curricula, facilitated face-to-face and computer mediated role-playing negotiations, analyzed and debriefed negotiation outcomes.

Market Research Analyst

Freelance

June 1998August 1998 (3 months) Cambridge, MA

Examined factors affecting the speed of adoption of new Internet technologies (VoIP, Fax over IP, etc.), assessed their business impact on existing firms, evaluated market research reports, interviewed technical and business experts from academia and industry, prepared summary reports for the client.

Software Engineer

Mahindra British Telecom

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TECHM; Information Technology and Services industry

March 1997July 1997 (5 months) Mumbai Area, India

Trained in software development on a variety of hardware/software platforms.

Graduate Research Assistant / System Design and Development Manager

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

July 1994February 1997 (2 years 8 months) Chennai Area, India

Managed the hardware/software development of a foot-pressure imaging system for diabetics and Hansen’s disease patients, solicited user input from clinical specialists, biomedical researchers, and paramedics. Developed system specs, actively involved in applications programming and technology-transfer to three hospitals, managed the customization and installation of the system at clinical sites. Several journal and conference papers were also published from this work.

Software Engineer

Fujitsu-ICIM

September 1993December 1993 (4 months) Pune Area, India

Programmed and tested software modules for Britain’s national health-care management system.

Project Staff

Indpro Systems

June 1992June 1993 (1 year 1 month) Pune Area, India

Identified a growth opportunity for this electronic instrumentation start-up venture, managed the circuit/board-level design, development, and testing effort of a data acquisition/control instrumentation system for customers in the sugar-cane industry.

Mahesh Bhatia's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • Angel Investing for the Serious Investor (Winter 2014, Stanford Continuing Studies. Taught by Carol Sands.)
    • The Effective Start-up Board Member (Spring 2014, Stanford Continuing Studies. Taught by Carol Sands.)

Mahesh Bhatia's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Lender

      Kiva.org
      • Economic Empowerment
      September 2013 present (1 year 1 month)

      My focus is on making micro-loans that have the potential for impact well beyond the immediate purpose of the loan. Have made 50+ loans till date.

      Recent loans have been in the areas of: computer & office supplies (Armenia), higher education, printers (Bolivia), metal shop (El Salvador), internet cafés (Nicaragua, Philippines, Tajikistan), clean water (Indonesia), copier services, professional training (India), bookstores (Kenya, Lebanon), manufacturing (Mongolia), copiers (Palestine), renewable energy (Peru), transportation services, higher education (Philippines), mobile phones, cleaning equipment (Tajikistan), solar power (Tanzania), pharmacy, data services (Uganda), website development (US), poultry farm (Vietnam), and manufacturing (Yemen).

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Science and Technology
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Ending Hunger (by better food distribution, use of technology, etc.)
    • Organizations I support:

      • Kiva.org

Mahesh Bhatia's Publications

  • Mahesh Bhatia on Quora (since Aug 2012)

    Authors: Mahesh Bhatia

    My Quora answers on 750+ questions related to early-stage startups, technology entrepreneurship, business models, and innovation.

Mahesh Bhatia's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Hindi

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Marathi

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Gujarati

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • German

    (Elementary proficiency)
  • Tamil

    (Elementary proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Elementary proficiency)

Mahesh Bhatia's Skills & Expertise

  1. Start-ups
  2. Strategy
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Strategic Partnerships
  5. Business Development
  6. Competitive Intelligence
  7. Management Consulting
  8. Research
  9. Management
  10. New Business Development
  11. Analytics
  12. Market Intelligence
  13. Due Diligence
  14. Patents
  15. Market Research
  16. Strategic Thinking
  17. Negotiation
  18. Client Relationship Building
  19. B2B
  20. Executive Management
  21. Early Stage Ventures
  22. Globalization of Knowledge-based Work
  23. Mentoring
  24. Venture Capital
  25. Playing Devil's Advocate to Startup Co-Founders
  26. Idea Generation
  27. Idea Arbitrage Across Industries and Contexts
  28. Evaluating Business Models
  29. Discerning Patterns
  30. Positioning
  31. Future of Work
  32. Enterprise Solution Sales

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Mahesh Bhatia's Education

Stanford University

MS, Management Science and Engineering

19992002

GPA: 3.84/4.0 Concentration in strategic/organizational issues for technology-based companies. Courses in Strategy, Managing Innovation, Finance, Group Dynamics, Managing Technical Professionals. Coauthored a widely-cited book chapter that reviewed and analyzed the application of complexity theory to further our understanding of how organizations adapt.

Activities and Societies: (a) Active member of a Sunday poetry reading club at Stanford University (2000-2002) (b) Founded and operated two mentoring programs for Stanford graduate students: to offer advice on evaluating new venture opportunities and to prepare for interviews with strategy/management consulting firms (1999 – 2000)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MS, Technology and Policy

19971999

GPA: 4.6/5.0 Concentration in technology, business, and policy issues for developing entrepreneurial clusters. Courses in IT and Telecom Policy, Economics, Law, System Dynamics, and International Management. Wrote a graduate thesis on the evolution of the Indian software industry, the challenges faced, and opportunities for future growth.

Activities and Societies: Member of the MIT-Presidential Committee on Copyrights and Patents (1998-99)

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

MS, Bioelectrical Engineering

19941997

GPA: 9.7/10.0 Top rank in my graduating class. Coursework in Image/Signal Processing, Artificial Neural Networks, Medical Physics, Electronic Devices and Instrumentation, Human Anatomy and Physiology. Wrote a graduate thesis on a new image processing system for analyzing foot pressure images in diabetics and Hansen's disease patients. Several peer-reviewed journal and conference articles were also published from this work.

Activities and Societies: Represented graduate students on the Senate, the Students’ Affairs Council and the Departmental Consultative Committee at IIT-Madras (1995-96)

Government College of Engineering, Pune, India

BE, Electronics and Telecommunications

July 1989July 1993

Ranked among the top 1% in my graduating class (4th among 450 students).

S.P.College, Pune

Standard 12th / HSC, Electronics, Physics, Chemistry, Maths

19871989

Grade: Ranked among the top 20 candidates in the entire state of Maharashtra.

St Vincents High School, Pune

Standard 10th / SSC

19801987

Grade: Ranked among the top 35 candidates in the entire state of Maharashtra.

Activities and Societies: Member of the class field hockey, soccer and handball teams.

Mahesh Bhatia's Additional Information

Interests:

Talking to People, Mentoring, Economic History, Technological Innovation, Design, History of Ideas, Architecture, Poetry, Philosophy, Psychology, Art History, Sociology, Live Music, Light Rock, Ghazals, Latin Jazz, Classic Soul, Foreign and Independent Movies, Theatre, Cafes, Modern Dance Companies, Cooking, Restaurants.

Groups and Associations:
Honors and Awards:

* Invited speaker in Dec 2013 for a Code.org event in South San Francisco, where I addressed 300+ middle schoolers on the importance of learning programming. (A co-founder of Code.org, Ali Partovi, commended me after my brief speech, saying, "Many have the passion for this, but few can articulate their thoughts in the way you did today. In fact, I am going to use some of these ideas in my next speech!")

*Multiple revenue-generation related performance awards at Evalueserve -- in 2010, 2012, & 2013.

*Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2002, Department of Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University. (Only 2 TAs were chosen for this award from a departmental pool of 150 TAs for that academic year.)

*Winner of the 1999-2000 Jerome Kaseberg Doolan Fellowship, which is awarded to attract outstanding graduate students to Stanford.

*Winner of the Dean's fellowship to teach technical writing and communication skills to MIT-Freshmen, August ‘98 – June ’99.

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