Canvera is an online photography company primarily focused on the needs of professional photographers through a platform that tightly integrates lead generation, web hosting, e-commerce, online collaboration, print and design services. Canvera’s suite of products and services provide professionals with a one-stop-shop to run their business allowing them to focus on their creativity. Canvera’s founders were recognized as amongst the Top-10 Most Influential People in Photography in India by Asian Photography magazine.
Dhiraj has been working in the field of Digital Imaging since 1991. In 2013 Dhiraj along with Canvera's Co-Founder Peeyush was recognized as amongst the top-10 Most Influential People in Photography in India by Asian Photography magazine. Prior to founding Canvera Dhiraj was Director of Product Development and Operations at Naehas a Silicon Valley startup building technologies for multi-channel personalized marketing applications. Prior to Naehas Dhiraj was Engineering Manager/MTS at Shutterfly (NASDAQ:SFLY), a US based online Digital Photography company, where he was part of the core R&D team that developed their imaging and workflow automation technologies. Dhiraj has a PhD in EE from Purdue where his research was focused on algorithms for desktop printers. His PhD research was sponsored by HP's Imaging & Printing Group. Dhiraj has an MS in EE from Washington State University and B.Tech in EE from IIT Bombay. Dhiraj has numerous patents and publications to his name in the field of Digital Imaging.
Peeyush is Chief Technology Officer at Canvera and is responsible for all technology development to serve the needs of the market and also to enable an efficient operational scale up. In 2013 Peeyush along with Canvera's Co-Founder Dhiraj was recognized as amongst the top-10 Most Influential People in Photography in India by Asian Photography magazine. Peeyush has been working in the software industry since 1993. Prior to founding Canvera Peeyush was heading newScale's India software development center. He also setup and headed Centrata's India operations. Peeyush previously worked in Silicon Valley in various senior management roles in the Enterprise Software space at Oracle, Corio & Euclid. Prior to moving to the US Peeyush had a stint in Jamaica helping build the country's citizen ID system - a system that is in use to this day. Peeyush started his career working as a software engineer with Citicorp. Peeyush has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay.
Kultar is VP of Manufacturing at Canvera and is responsible for quality control and delivery of products and also for ongoing product R&D. Kultar has more than 15 years of experience managing various export oriented manufacturing units in India. Prior to joining Canvera, Kultar headed the leather garment manufacturing unit for Leather Tech in New Delhi, where he was responsible for manufacturing garments for brands such as Montes, Pierre Cardin, Ricano, Skin to Skin, Eden Park, Saint Clair, etc. Kultar has B.Com(H) from Delhi university and a diploma in Export & Import Management from the Foreign Trade and Development Center.
Sumant joined Canvera in 2014 and is responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing management in the company. Sumant brought to Canvera 18+ years of experience in Sales & Marketing with his last stint as Business Unit Manager for Commercial Graphics at 3M India where he spent close to 10+ years in a number of different roles and grew rapidly through the ranks. Sumant won numerous awards for his leadership at 3M including winning the Top Flite awards five years in a row and the Best National Sales Manager award. Prior to 3M Sumant worked at Indal Hydro Extrusions and Graphite India. Sumant is a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and has undergone Post Graduate Diploma in Materials Management from Indian Institute of Materials Management.
Susmita joined Canvera in 2014 with a very rich 25 years experience in finance. Susmita is a Chartered Accountant and started her career working at Allen Bradley and then at the Himalayan Drug company where she was part of the team that automated their entire accounting and reporting systems. Susmita then worked at Flowserve and OnMobile. Her longest stint was at Ubenetics which was bought over by CSR India. At CSR she headed the India operations and managed setting up their presence all over Asia. Prior to joining Canvera Susmita worked at Accenture supporting Accenture's India operations.
Dr. Dhiraj Kacker - CEO & Co-Founder
Peeyush Rai - CTO & Co-Founder
Sanjeev Bikhchandani is Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of Info Edge owner of Naukri.com the first publicly traded internet company in India. Sanjeev obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Stephen College, Delhi University in 1984 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management ("PGDM") from IIM, Ahmedabad in 1989. His work experience includes an advertising position at Lintas India Limited, a marketing position at HMM Limited (now known as Glaxo SmithKline), and a senior management position at CMYK Printech Private Limited (owner of The Pioneer newspaper). Sanjeev, along with his partner Hitesh Oberoi, won the “Ernst and Young - Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2008 for Business Transformation.
Bala is presently partner at AngelPrime a startup incubator based out of Bangalore. Prior to starting AngelPrime Bala worked with Mr. Nandan Nilekani on UIDAI project where he played a seminal role in defining the application strategy and developer ecosystem for the project. Prior to that Bala founded Snapfish in 1999 and was with the company through 2010 including its acquisition by HP in 2005. Bala was General Manager & MD for Snapfish International where he lead the opening of Snapfish in more than 20 countries in Europe and Asia Pacific. Prior to Snapfish, Bala co-founded Wyatt River Software, which was acquired by what is now SafeNet and started his career as one of the early engineers who built Digital Link, which went public in 1993. In 2006, he was recognized by University of California - Santa Cruz with its highest honor for alumni as a “Distinguished Alumnus”. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Josh is Partner with Footprint Ventures (www.footprintventures.com) and sits on the board of Canvera and Ticketvala. Prior to Footprint Josh was Manager of Corporate Planning at Infosys. Josh also worked as an Analyst at Barrington Associates. Josh has a BA in Economics & Accounting from Claremont McKenna College.
Mohanjit Jolly is the Executive Director of DFJ India (www.dfj.com). Mohanjit relocated to India in September 2007 to establish the DFJ India office and help manage DFJ's India portfolio. Mohanjit currently serves on the Boards of Reva, Mchek, Canvera, Cleartrip, Attero, Seventymm, and Naseeb Networks. Mohanjit Jolly has spent the last ten years working with and investing in technology startups. Prior to DFJ, Mohanjit was Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm. While at Garage, Mohanjit worked with over 30 companies, including LeftHand Networks, PureSight (BCGI), Jibe Networks (CTRX), Qumu, Thermoceramix, Kaboodle (Acq: Hearst Media) and SimplyHired. Prior to joining Garage, Mohanjit was part of the strategic planning group at Mattel where he helped launch the Mattel/Intel joint venture, Intel Play. He also spent several years in both engineering and business development roles with Itek Optical Systems, a manufacturer of high-resolution reconnaissance systems for both military and commercial use. While earning his M.B.A from the Anderson School at UCLA, Mohanjit helped launch ViaSpace, a technology incubator in Southern California in conjunction with Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mohanjit earned a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, with a specialization in electric propulsion systems.