Vipin Chawla

Vipin Chawla

Entrepreneur and advisor/investor for startups in silicon valley and India.

San Francisco Bay Area
Information Technology and Services

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Vipin Chawla's Overview

  • CTO & VP of Products at, LLC - fka
  • CTO & VP Engineering at Simplexis
  • Corporate IS&T Manager at Bechtel Group Inc
  • Senior Knowledge Engineering Consultant & Project Manager at Technology Applications Inc. (a Bechtel company)
  • University Fellow at University of Louisville

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Vipin Chawla's Summary

Vipin has over 20 years of management and leadership experience at Fortune-100 sized global organizations as well as small/medium sized companies and the public sector. He is a founder and CEO of Instant Systems Inc, a cash-flow positive startup which is developing the next generation of Software-as-a-Service products for small/mid-sized enterprises and government agencies. In addition, he is an advisor/investor for a number of startups in software, offshore services, and life sciences areas.

Prior to founding Instant Systems, Vipin was the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Products for PublicBuy.Net, a leader in electronic procurement for state/local governments, which was acquired by Tier Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: TIER), in May 2004. Vipin came to PublicBuy in November 2001 as a result of its acquisition of Simplexis, where as the CTO and VP of Engineering, Vipin helped raise over $35 million in the first round from well-known venture capital firms including Internet Capital Group (ICG) and General Electric (GE) Equity.

Prior to Simplexis, Vipin reported to the CIO/CTO at Bechtel Group, the well-known engineering-procurement-construction firm with over $20 billion in annual revenues and about 45000 employees. Vipin led the development and implementation of Bechtel Group’s world-class supply-chain systems that are being used by many organizations and thousands of users worldwide. In his career, Vipin has delivered industrial-strength software applications using state-of-art technologies in various technical and management roles for diverse client organizations like Exxon, DuPont, Monstanto, Motorola, Ford, CIBA-Geigy (Novartis), SC Johnson, Saudi Aramco, Lucky-Goldstar, GE, Posco, Alcan, Comalco, Thelen, and the U.S. EPA.

Vipin has a BS/MS/PhD in Engineering. During his academic and research career, Vipin developed innovative artificial intelligence applications for advanced process control and earned many national and international awards.

Vipin Chawla's Experience

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2004Present (10 years 3 months)

CTO & VP of Products, LLC - fka

October 2001July 2004 (2 years 10 months)

CTO & VP Engineering


December 1999October 2001 (1 year 11 months)

Corporate IS&T Manager

Bechtel Group Inc

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Construction industry

August 1988January 2000 (11 years 6 months)

Senior Knowledge Engineering Consultant & Project Manager

Technology Applications Inc. (a Bechtel company)

August 1988December 1989 (1 year 5 months)

University Fellow

University of Louisville

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

August 1984August 1988 (4 years 1 month)

Vipin Chawla's Education

University of Louisville

Ph.D., Engineering - Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Process Control System Design


Activities and Societies: Awarded University Fellowship (1984-88); Memberships: Sigma Xi, AAAI, IEEE, AIChE, ISA.

University of Louisville

M.S., Engineering - Digital Process Control & Simulation


National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

B.S., Engineering


Fergusson College



Activities and Societies: Fergusson College Quiz Team - Three times winner of Mumbai-Pune Intercollegiate Quiz on Bombay TV.

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