Ex-Chairman, Founder and CEO - SPIME INC, Co-Founder-Emuzed Inc, Co-Founder Nexus Inc, USA.
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Shankar Narayanan is a successful entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley, California. Prior to founding Spime Inc, a Location Intelligence Technology Company, which is acquired by Trimble the world's largest Location Technology company, Shankar founded Emuzed Inc, a mobile multimedia leader. Emuzed, introduced the world's first mobile video recording technology and licensed the technology to the world’s top mobile OEMs such as Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, and others. Shankar steered the company from founding to acquisition. After Flextronics, the world's largest ODM acquiring Emuzed, Shankar headed Flextronics’s Handset software division as VP and GM. Shankar has over 25 years of technology, sales, marketing and engineering management experience in the technology industry. Shankar has successfully managed high powered technology, Sales and Marketing teams for many years. He understands the challenges in taking technology intensive products to the OEMs and the consumers. He has extensive experience and knowledge in managing businesses in Asia, Europe and North America. Before co-founding Emuzed, he co-founded and headed Nexus Inc., USA. Prior to becoming a serial entrepreneur, Shankar worked at British Physical Laboratories, Aurelec Systems, and Nexus computers. Mr. Narayanan has graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he has double Masters in Business Administration from United States of America and Masters in Administration from MK University, India. Youth Organization of India at Delhi awarded Shankar Narayanan with ‘Global Youth Leadership Award-2009’, the award was presented by prominent Cabinet Ministers of Government of India at New Delhi. In 2011, International NRI Congress has selected Shankar Narayanan as one of the few NRIs around the world to honor with ' Hind Ratan Award', the award ceremony was synchronized with 2011 Indian Republic day eve celebrations on January 25th at New Delhi with prominent cabinet ministers attending the ceremony.
Specialties:In 2005 JayaTV interviewed Shankar in the morning show for 45 mintues. In 2008 KalaignarTV interviewed Shankar in their morning show for 45 minutes. In 2009 Shankar received 'Global Youth Leadership' award on the International Youth Day celebrations held at New Delhi. In 2011, International NRI Congress awarded Shankar ' Hind Ratan Award', the award ceremony held on Indian Republic day eve celebrations at New Delhi. Both these awards were presented by the Union Cabinet Ministers of India
Shankar is an early stage investor and advisor to few stealth mode start ups in the Silicon Valley, California, US and India. Shankar also speaks at various Engineering and Technology institutions on entrepreneurship and career building and motivates the young entrepreneurs around the world. Shankar also advises NIT (REC) Trichy, India on their entrepreneurial initiatives.
Shankar's deep experience in the Wireless/Mobile Industry made him to look for next wave or revolution in wireless industry and he believed that Map/Location/Navigation will have a major impact on consumers if the mobile industry can provide the right technology and easy to use application to the consumers.
Shankar Founded SPIME INC during September 2006. The name Spime comes from “Space” and “time” – these words reflect Spime’s focus on developing location-enabled applications that empower users with information at the right time and the right place.
Spime is an innovator and provider of location-enabling technologies and solutions to the mobile world including mobile OEM, ODM, Operators and GPS silicon providers. Spime's Hybrid Map Engine-'MapMan' is one of the very few Hybrid Map Engine technologies available today in the world. Also, Spime is the one stop solution for Social Networking companies to location enable, Navigation enable and enrich the location based mobile user experience. From navigation, to tracking, to location-enabling firmware and advertising applications, Spime family of products and services are shaping the future of mobile experiences
Spime products are deployed in over 100 countries in over 19 languages. Top device and silicon OEMs such as HP, Dell, Texas Instruments, Atheros and others have licensed technologies from Spime. To name few products, 'HP-Navigator' runs on Spime's technology and it was licensed by Hewlett Packard from Spime ; Spime's SUPL ( Secured User Plane) technology solution is licensed by leading silicon manufacturers in the world.
Trimble Navigation, a world leader and the US Public Company acquired Spime recently and now Spime Inc is a Trimble Company.
Following the acquisition of Emuzed Inc., founded by Shankar Narayanan by Flextronics, the world's leading Original Device Manufacturer (ODM) , he headed Flextronic's Handheld Devices Software divison as VP&GM., Flextronics had over 30% of their $15 Billion revenue come from mobile phone manufacturing and ODM businesses, Shankar was managing their handheld devices software business with special focus on multimedia and various other applications on mobile phones. Shankar managed 750 member team for over 18 months before he left Flextronics to start his next venture.
Aricent was a spin-off of Flextronics Software Division
Narayanan co-founded Emuzed Inc, a mobile multimedia leader in the year 2000, this company introduced and shipped over 25 mobile applications which were licensed to Nokia, Siemens, Samsung, HTC, Panasonic and most of the top cell phone manufacturers. Flextronics acquired Emuzed in early 2005; benefiting the founders, investors and employees of the company. Shankar steered the company from founding to acquisition with his excellence in innovation of technology, sales, marketing and operational management expertise.
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