Kirusa

WHO WE ARE

 

In 2001, a handful of technocrats from AT&T Bell Labs, came together with a dream – of connecting people through the power of voice. Heralded by the invention of Voice SMS, Kirusa was born with a vision to revolutionize the experiences users derived from their mobile phones. Within a short span of years, Kirusa quickly established itself as a thought leader in the communication solutions segment.

As data takes over the world, Kirusa is at the forefront of defining the role of voice in communication. Kirusa is committed to building mobile services that leverage the power of voice to enrich people’s lives by helping them communicate, entertain, and work, from anywhere, and at anytime.

 

JOURNEY

Inception in New Jersey, USA

Invented Voice SMS

First ever carrier partnership with Grameenphone

Acquired HeyAnita Voice Platform

First carrier partnership in Africa, with MTN Uganda

50th Carrier Partnership

Acquired Cooltok and Saya

Introduced Celeb and Sports Content Service

Launched InstaVoice app

First European carrier partnership with Eagle Mobile Albania

First European carrier partnership with Eagle Mobile Albania

Launched InstaVoice app

Introduced Celeb and Sports Content Service

Acquired Cooltok and Saya

50th Carrier Partnership

Launched InstaVoice Ring

InstaVoice surpasses 100 Million monthly active users

Kirusa CEO amongst "Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business"

Kirusa processed over 100 Billion calls

Launched Konnect Self-Service Portal

100M

MONTHLY
ACTIVE USERS

22

AFRICAN NATIONS

25.B

MONTHLY
TRANSACTIONS

70

PATENTS

50

CARRIER PARTNERS

350

CELEBRITIES

  • Outstanding Asian American 2017

    Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award

  • Outstanding Enterprise Solution

    West AfricaCom 2017

  • Global 250 Award

    AlwaysOn

  • Silver Mobile Star Award

    MobileVillage

  • Top 25 Emerging Technology Company

    Smart Techie Magazine

  • Best Mobile App

    NJTC Tech Council

  • Best Mobile App

    AfricaCom 2014

MEET THE TEAM THAT GOT US HERE

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Inderpal Singh Mumick
Inderpal Singh Mumick

Founder and CEO

A visionary entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in the telecom environment, Dr. Inderpal Singh Mumick is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Kirusa. Under his leadership, Kirusa has invented innovative and transformative mobile technologies, including multimodal user interfaces, Voice SMS, InstaVoice, and ReachMe; partnered with leading network carriers, and delivered mobile services around the world. These services are used by over 100 million users every month, and have made a substantial impact on the telecom ecosystems of emerging markets of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Prior to Kirusa, Dr. Mumick co-founded Savera Systems, Murray Hill, NJ, where he was the CEO and CTO. During his tenure, Savera successfully developed its sales and marketing strategies and became an innovator in web-based billing; and designed billing software for transactions between IP and telecom carriers. Before Savera, Dr. Mumick was a Principal Technical Staff Member at AT&T Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, where he pioneered the Sunrise Research Project that led to numerous billing initiatives.

Dr. Mumick is the author of thirty-two issued patents, ten patent-pending applications and 40 technical papers in leading journals and conferences.

Dr. Mumick has been named amongst the ‘Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business 2017’ by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC). He was also a finalist in the Ernst and Young, CEO of the Year Awards, 2014. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and trade shows around the world and has spoken at events like IEEE WCNC, ACG, NJTC Internet of Things, Stanford Alumni Startups NY, ITU Telecom World, and AfricaCom. He has been covered in media articles by magazines like Forbes, IT Web Africa, IT News Africa, and European Communications.

Dr. Mumick received a B. Tech in Computer Science and Engg from IIT Delhi, where he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal and a Ph.D in Computer Science from Stanford University. He further completed Mini MBAs in Finance and General Management from the AT&T School of Business and Wharton Business School, and an Executive MBA for Growing Companies from Stanford University.

Inderpal Singh Mumick
Surinder Singh Anand

CTO & VP-Product Management

Surinder Singh Anand is the Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Product Management in Kirusa. He leads the complete software product development and delivery life cycle of Kirusa’s entire bouquet of products and services. With 27 years of experience in technical leadership and management roles, he is one of the key frontrunners in driving Kirusa’s technical vision into reality.

Prior to joining Kirusa, Surinder was the CTO & Vice President of Business Development at Savera, a leading vendor of web based inter-connect billing solution for telecommunication and IP carriers. Surinder led the efforts from conception to delivery for Savera's flagship product InterCarrier, with a scalable distributed architecture that supported processing of more than 2.5 billion transactions per month.

Before Savera, at Hughes Software Systems (HSS) based in Delhi, Surinder led the development of the OSS subsystem of the Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) product for mobile IP service culminating in successful deployment by multiple carriers in North America. Earlier to this, Surinder was a Senior Scientific Officer for ERNET Project at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Surinder holds Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Computer Science from IIT, Delhi.

Inderpal Singh Mumick
Shashi Bhushan

Director-Kirusa Konnect

Shashi Bhushan is the Director of Kirusa Konnect heading the company’s enterprise division responsible for business development and product management.

Previously as Marketing Director in Kirusa, Shashi was instrumental in the successful launch of Kirusa’s flagship ‘Voice SMS’ in India, South-East Asia, and the Middle East.

Before this, Shashi headed marketing for Panasonic in India. As part of the leadership team, Shashi played a key role in the launch of products like Panasonic Viera, Lumix and Toughbook. He also headed the B2B division of Panasonic in Asia Pacific region and has worked as business head for their Telecom and IT products.

Between his two stints in Kirusa, Shashi was Founder Director at Thirdwave Homeland Security. He began his career in the office automation industry and has worked with Ricoh India in various capacities.

He is an Electrical Engineer from Delhi University.

Inderpal Singh Mumick
Baldeep Dua

Chief Financial Officer

Baldeep Dua is the Chief Financial Officer in Kirusa. She is responsible for raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, improving profitability and private placements. She has derived extensive expertise from wide-ranging roles spanning over two decades.

Prior to Kirusa, she was Vice President and Head of Finance in marketRX, a leading provider of analytics and related software services to global Life Sciences companies. Earlier to this, she was the Director of Finance at Mformation Technologies, a global provider of mobile device management (MDM) technology.

Before this, as Deputy Manager at Unit Trust of India, she has had a wide-ranging experience in various capacities including - Head of Trading for the North India Exchange, Head of Institutional Marketing, North India, and making investments in private equity and debt.

Baldeep holds an MBA degree from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, a premier business school in India, and was a Chevening Scholar at the Manchester Business School, UK.

She has received various recognitions and awards including - Top 25 Leading NJ Women Entrepreneur by NJ Monthly, Top 50 Women in Business by NJ Biz, ‘Salute to Policy Makers Award' by EWNJ (Executive Women of New Jersey) and the ‘CFO of the Year Award' by NJTC (New Jersey Technology Council).

Inderpal Singh Mumick
Ravi Mehta

Head, Sales

As Head of Sales in Kirusa, Ravi Mehta is responsible for global sales, carrier relationship and new partnerships.

Prior to this, Ravi was the General Manager responsible for Kirusa’s Sales and Account Management in Africa region.

Ravi has 20 years of experience in sales, business operations, marketing, and management operations in the telecom VAS and technology space. He has worked extensively in the emerging markets of Africa since 2008.

Earlier to this, Ravi was a Client Manager with OnMobile Global in Kenya where he took care of business acquisition, business operations, content alliances & partnerships, account management, etc.

Before OnMobile, Ravi served as Assistant Vice-President for business development at Spice VAS Africa.

With a proven track record in sales leadership, business operations and administration, revenue growth, improving market visibility and providing efficiency in business operations, Ravi has also served as National Sales Manager at Logix Microsystems Limited, Business Manager at Thirdwave Exim Panasonic, and as Head of Sales & Marketing at Cosmic Computers & Electronics.

Ravi is a PGDEM in marketing from IMT Ghaziabad and holds a Bachelor degree in Accounts and Business Studies from the University of Rajasthan.

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Raja N. Moorthy

Managing Director, India

Raja N. Moorthy is the Managing Director of Kirusa, India. He is responsible for the India operations, specifically overseeing technical management, testing and research and development.

Prior to this position, Moorthy was the Vice President of Engineering in Kirusa and led all aspects of the software development life cycle. With over three decades of extensive experience and expertise in the telecom industry, Moorthy has a proven track record of building teams that deliver innovative solutions in the market.

Before Kirusa, Moorthy was Chief Technology Officer at Zyglobe, a provider of end-to-end wireless solutions for businesses. Before this, Moorthy was Director of Engineering at Savera Inc., an innovator in web-based billing software for telecom and IP Carriers. Here he successfully led the development team to build a popular product still used in many European countries.

Earlier to this, Moorthy was the Vice-president at Network Programs, heading the development of major telecommunication software in the areas of ATM signaling. He has also managed the broadband networking division with multinational and multi-location teams comprising more than 75 software development and testing personnel and an operating budget of more than $10 million.

Moorthy holds a doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi, along with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from College of Engineering, Madras. He graduated from REC, Trichy with a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Inderpal Singh Mumick
Barinderpal Singh Mumick

Founder & VP-Operations

Barinderpal Singh Mumick is a founding member and & Vice-President of Operations in Kirusa. He is responsible for maintaining efficient team structure and performance through analytics, processes, and tools, maximizing new client engagement and working with the leadership team to develop plans to meet future needs.

Prior to joining Kirusa, Barinderpal was a technical analyst at Lucent Technologies in the CIO organization, where he developed the architecture of several business applications, including web applications, and managed their implementation, integration, and operation in a production environment. These applications were globally deployed and used by Lucent employees and customers. He has also designed and developed database applications at AT&T in New Jersey, and at the United Nations in New York.

He holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering from India and an MS degree in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Ajay Thapar

Head, Engineering

With over 28 years of IT experience in complete software development and delivery life cycle, Ajay Thapar is the Director of Engineering at Kirusa.

He is responsible for the infrastructure and technology that has processed 100 billion calls so far and handles 100 million monthly users.

Prior to Kirusa, Ajay was the Solutions Architect at ADA Systems Pvt. Ltd. in Bangalore, India, where he headed and built a competent technical team responsible for designing and implementing a micro voice blogging service primarily for mobile users.

With immense technical expertise to his credit, Ajay was a Senior Developer at Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. for almost 3 years, and helped develop numerous products like NET compact Platform (NETCF), Ported Platform Abstraction Layer (PAL), Porting Silverlight for S60 devices, open C libraries, etc.

He has also been an Associate General Manager at MphasiS, India, and the VP cum CTO at CIStems Software Pvt. Ltd.

Ajay holds an M.S in Software Systems from Birla Institute Technology and Science and an M.Phil in Mathematics from the University of Rajasthan.

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Athul Uday

Head, Marketing

Athul Uday is the Head of Marketing in Kirusa with a special focus on Brand Communication, Digital, PR and Product Programmes.

Before Kirusa, Athul co-founded Happy Cook, which is one of the most loved food-tech brands in Bangalore. After having worked on a fresh ‘Unboxing’ experience through smart use of packaging concepts and aesthetic design, Athul went on to manage customer acquisition aspects of the startup, through revenue-generation-marketing activities.

Before Happy Cook, Athul was the Head of Digital Marketing and Brand Management at Amagi Media Labs, where he managed a year long re-branding exercise, and set up an Inbound marketing infrastructure, which went to become one of the most important revenue channels.

Athul started his career as a Marketing Communications Manager at Godrej, the largest family-owned home and personal care company in India.

Athul holds an MBA degree in Marketing from BIM Trichy and a B.Tech degree in Information Technology from Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Inderpal Singh Mumick
Inderpal Singh Mumick

Founder, Chairman and CEO

Ashish Gupta
Ashish Gupta

Managing Director, Helion Ventures

Mohan Gyani
Mohan Gyani

Partner & Advisor, Primera Capital

Naren Gupta
Naren Gupta

Managing Director, Nexus Venture Partners

Shirish R. Nadkarni
Shirish R. Nadkarni

President and CEO, Communication Experts

Subrata Mitra
Subrata Mitra

Partner, Accel India

ADVISORY BOARD

Carlos Caceres
Carlos Caceres

Francis Ebuehi
Francis Ebuehi

Jaime Robertson-Lavalle
Jaime Robertson-Lavalle

Obafemi Banigbe
Obafemi Banigbe

Zunaid Bulbulia
Zunaid Bulbulia

INVESTORS

  • Accel
  • Helion
  • Nexus
  • Qualcomm

PARTNERS

Carrier Partners

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