In the Consumer Tech category is Rujul Zaparde, 20, of San Francisco and his partner Kevin Petrovic, 20,co-founders of FlightCar, which lets you hire out a car from the airport while on a trip; and Jason Shah, 25, also of San Francisco, founder of Do.com, which aims to fix unproductive meetings, by helping users be better prepared and keep better track of what happens in meetings.
Those who are “setting the standard for new strategies and tools for brand engagement” in marketing and advertising include Awad Sayeed, 24, of San Francisco, and Kyle Wong, 24, co-founders of Pixlee, a visual marketing company that helps companies easily curate photos from real customers, rather than use stock photos.
Named in the Venture Capital category as “investing in great companies” are Arun Mathew, 29, principal at Accel Partners in the Bay Area; Chetan Puttangunta, 28, partner at New Enterprise Associates, also in the Bay Area; and Nikhil Basu Trivedi, 25, a senior associate at Shasta Ventures in San Francisco.
The Enterprise Technology category includes the San Francisco-based Ishaan Gulrajani, 20, co-founder of Watchsend, which allows developers to record users’ phone screens in order to learn and improve their app; Om Marwah, 25, cognitive scientist at Walmart Labs, who is applying his academic background in cognitive science and geography to online marketing; and Vivek Ravishankar, 27, co-founder of HackerRank, a service companies can use to host coding challenges to find new engineering talent; as well as Vinith Misra, 27, research staff member of the IBM Watson Group in Stanford, California, who is studying machine learning, data mining, and natural language processing.
While most of the categories included several Indians, there were some which saw only one among the 30 listed. Those include Avinash Gandhi, 29, an agent at WME in Los Angeles (Hollywood and Entertainment and Apoorva Mehta, 28, of San Francisco, founder of Instacart, the fastest-growing grocery service.