Dr. Inderpal Singh Mumick is the Chairman and CEO of Kirusa, Berkeley Heights, NJ, which he co-founded with colleagues from AT&T, Lucent, and Airtouch. A serial entrepreneur, Inderpal previously co-founded Savera Systems, Murray Hill, NJ, where he was the CEO and the CTO. Before Savera, Dr. Mumick was a Principal Technical Staff Member at AT&T Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, and a Research Student Associate at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA.
Dr. Mumick's vision and leadership has established Kirusa as the world leader in mobile value added services. Kirusa’s patented Voice SMS application is the most advanced offering in the market. Kirusa Voice SMS allows people to send SMS messages by speaking. A user dials * followed by the number of the recipient’s number, and speaks a short message of up to 30 seconds. The recipient gets an SMS message from the sender, and can “click” (or dial) a number in the message to directly access the spoken message. After listening to the message, the recipient can reply by voice, or by text, or can forward the message. The Voice SMS application is built on Kirusa’s patented multimodal platform that allows wireless carriers to offer multimodal applications with integrated vocal and visual interfaces. A telecom and wireless visionary, Dr. Mumick believes that Voice SMS opens up a new communication paradigm, and will account for 15—25% of all SMS messages exchanged on mobile networks over the next 4 years. He is responsible for the company's strategy, is the co-author of several key patents on Voice SMS and multimodality, and is active in all aspects of the company's operations.
Prior to Kirusa, Dr. Mumick led Savera from its founding in 1997 till 2000, a period in which the company developed its first products, developed its marketing and sales strategy, and successfully engaged with several revenue generating customers. Savera, an innovator in web-based billing, builds, markets, and operates interconnect billing software, used for billing between telecom and IP carriers for use of each other’s networks, and prepaid billing software for wireless carriers. Dr. Mumick's pioneering work on the Sunrise research project at AT&T Bell Labs led Mike Miller, VP of Billing at AT&T, to comment: "this changes the paradigm of billing". The Sunrise project led to numerous billing initiatives at AT&T and Lucent. Dr. Mumick’s work on recursion in SQL has been incorporated into the SQL 3 standard, and his work on query optimization has been incorporated into IBM's DB2 database. He is an international authority on materialized views technology, and his work on materialized views has influenced the implementation of materialized views in the Oracle 8i database. Dr. Mumick is the author of eighteen issued patents, over ten patent pending applications, and over 40 technical papers in leading journals and conferences, the co-editor of a book on Materialized Views, a frequent speaker at conferences and trade shows around the world, and has been featured in media articles, including in European Communications, Silicon India, and The Hindustan Times. Voice&Data recognized Dr. Mumick as one of the top 50 Indian Telecom Diaspora that is changing the world of telecom.
He received a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, in 1986, where he was awarded the President's Gold Medal, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1991. He further completed Mini MBAs in Finance and General Management from the AT&T School of Business in 1996 and 1998, and an Executive MBA for Growing Companies from Stanford University in 2000. Dr. Mumick is listed in various Marquis Who's Who publications.