About the founders
Armed with over 20 years experience in IT Services, Education & Training, Neelesh has served in key positions in various MNCs and has managed business interests across over 15 countries. An engineer with master's in business management, Neelesh brings in a holistic perspective of managing almost all the key functional areas of running an enterprise. Coming from a family of engineers and educationists, he is very passionate and upbeat about the education sector. It was thus an obvious calling for Neelesh when he, along with Tarun, decided to setup Thinkrucible Solutions.
Tarun is a strong believer in the potential offered by the education sector in India. The vastness, complexity, and dynamic nature of the sector acts as his inspiration to create specialized solutions to specific problems. During his 17+ years in the hi-tech industry he has served in startups, product companies and large services organizations. He began his career in technical roles and soon transitioned to sales – an aspect that has helped him comprehend business challenges objectively. Tarun has a B.Tech from College of Engineering, Trivandrum and an MBA from Smith's School of Business, Canada.
Shantanu Paknikar is an accomplished business technology leader specializing in Digital Transformation. During his career, he has handled a wide variety of responsibilities across P&L, Delivery, Pre-Sales and Business Development, Client Engagement, Consulting, and incubation to scale out of technology practices & innovation COEs. He is a thought leader, blogger, speaker at conferences, guest lecturer at a couple of leading MBA Institutes in India and a startup mentor. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering and an MS in Internet Multimedia Systems from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He currently plays the role of Chief Digital Officer for Ninestars Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. .