Harshita Jain
Program Manager
Harshita strives toward executing effective intervention programs for the Upekkha tribe founders. Previously an educator with Unacademy, she has worked with several non-profit organizations and presently works as the Global Youth Ambassador with Theirworld. She is more than mostly found reading.
Philosophy

Dream audaciously, and keep a good heart.

Favorite Books

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The Theory of Everything, The Old Man and the Sea.

My Inspiration

The concept of Anitya (Impermanence).

Favorite Quote

“Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don't have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.” - Amelia Earhart

Harshita Jain
Thiyagarajan M (Rajan)
Partner
Rajan is the SaaS brand smith at Upekkha. He was the Product Leader at Intuit and board member at Startup Bridge India foundation. He is on a quest to make learning ELI11 (Explain Like I’m 11).
Philosophy

Everyone is playing a different game, don’t copy or criticize without knowing what it is. Find and play your own game.

Favorite Books

SUCCESS Equation (Michael Maboussain), Narrative & Numbers (Aswath Damodaran), Man’s search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl).

My Inspiration

Bill Campbell

Favorite Quote

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor Frankl

Thiyagarajan M (Rajan)
Prasanna
Managing Partner
Prasanna is the SaaS Flywheel doctor & BS detector, finding early symptoms of SaaS issues & helping founders find root causes without chasing vanity BS metrics. He was the CTO at the accelerator of Microsoft Ventures, helping 120+ startups with product & growth.
Philosophy

‘Spannungsbogen’ - "The self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing." Planning for a 10 year goal works best for me.

Favorite Books

Dune, HPMOR, The Goal

My Inspiration

Founders inspire me. They imagine a future that is yet to be, and impatiently will it into existence moving the rest of the world forward by brute force.

Favorite Quote

“Show me the money” from the movie Jerry Maguire.

Prasanna
Abhay
DevOps Associate
Abhay is a tech enthusiast curious about robots and blockchain. He was an intern at MakerGram (2019 - 2020).
Philosophy

Think before you speak, words are sharp.

Favorite Books

Randamoozham' by M. T. Vasudevan Nair

My Inspiration

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Favorite Quote

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand - Confucius

Abhay
Yoosuf
Manager, Marketing
Yoosuf is the Marketing Manager at Upekkha. He is an engineer turned marketer and a storyteller.
Philosophy

Never look down at anyone. Else, do not expect to be looked up.

Favorite Books

The Language of God by Dr. Francis Collins, Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond

My Inspiration

Charlie Chaplin

Favorite Quote

Not all that can be counted counts. Not all that counts can be counted. - William Bruce Cameron

Yoosuf
Varsha Das
Program Associate, Basecamp
Varsha works closely with Upekkha Basecamp founders to enhance their outcomes by running the cadence sessions & owning the mechanics of the Basecamp Program.
Philosophy

Stay strong, stand up and have a voice.

Favorite Books

The Alchemist

My Inspiration

I get inspired by the people around me who do an innovative piece of work.

Favorite Quote

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination - Tommy Lasorda

Varsha Das
Ananya
Manager, Partnerships & Tribe Experience
Ananya plays a key role in Upekkha’s tribe experience helping SaaS founders build valuable partnerships. Graduated from Babsons college specializing in Entrepreneurship & Marketing, she managed investor relations at LetsVenture.
Philosophy

Change is the only constant

Favorite Books

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli

My Inspiration

Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Quote

It is better to travel well than to arrive

Ananya
Fahad
Program Leader, Basecamp
Fahad is the program leader for the Basecamp acceleration program. Ex-Uber, and Ex-Infosys, he is an Engineer-turned operation management pro.
Philosophy

Attain financial freedom, do what you love, make minor improvements periodically & treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Favorite Books

Thinking fast and slow, Saving capitalism from capitalists, Sapiens, Randamoozham

My Inspiration

Abraham Lincoln, Bertrand Russel, Bill Gates, Raghuram Rajan

Favorite Quote

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” - Bertrand Russell

Fahad
Rohith
Head, Data & Signals
Ro is the Data Custodian of all streams within Upekkha & across all portfolio startups. His team sifts through raw data signals through automation and careful naked eye inspection to provide business progress feedback to everyone. Cofounded Wow Labz, an outsourced product development company that was recognized as one of the top 10 mobile app development companies in India.
Philosophy

What goes around comes around!

Favorite Books

The 7 habits of Highly Effective People. Running Lean. Ghachar Ghochar.

My Inspiration

A child’s ability to run, fall, cry, get up, dust off, laugh and run again. Almost instantly.

Favorite Quote

All constraints are internal

Rohith
Gokul
Head, Founder Experience
Gokul is the tribe Guardian and takes care of the Founder Experience at Upekkha; he brings together the tribe to learn, engage & partner with the best. Previously he was the Director - Special Projects, Zone Startup India Accelerator, PNgrowth - iSPIRT, Director Strategic Partnerships at StartupVillage.
Philosophy

Make peace with past, live in the present and look forward to a new day

Favorite Books

Abundance, The Year Without Pants, My life in Red and White :Arsene Wenger, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant

My Inspiration

The idea of a socially democratic world.

Favorite Quote

“None of us is as smart as all of us” - Ken Blanchard

Gokul
Tanuka
Content and Program Design
Tanuka spearheads the content and program design for Upekkha startups. She was the Director of Software Development at Cisco, and Founder of Staff You Trust.
Philosophy

Kaizen, continuous improvement in a methodical way

Favorite Books

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Open by Andre Agassi, Cosmos by Carl Sagan, Factfulness by Hans Rosling, The King's General by Daphne du Maurier, Daughters of the Sun by Ira Mukhoty

My Inspiration

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Favorite Quote

Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees - Terry Pratchett

Tanuka
Shekar Nair
Partner
Shekar is a Upekkha monk guiding startups on their financial discipline, Compliance & Cash Flow woes. He has played the startup and large company game and has helped teams scale in the global arena. Milestones include his journey from the inception of Xylan to its IPO in the USA and its acquisition by Alcatel for $3 Billion, Co-founded Allegro Networks in the valley and sold India Operations to Juniper Networks, started and grew NetApp India Operations to 300+ people, and NetApp OEM business in the Asia Pacific from $0 to $30M. He has picked startup winners (Control4 that went on to IPO) in his stint as an EIR with Thomas Weisel Venture Partners.
Philosophy

Relationships are our most valuable asset be it family, friends, colleagues or customers. Helping without expectations and having a sense of gratitude, helps build positive relationships, and acts as a catalyst for our success & happiness.

Favorite Books

Think and Grow Rich, Code of the Extraordinary Mind, Sapiens, The Innovator's Dilemma, Crossing the Chasm, Zero to One, Good to Great

My Inspiration

Human potential, Grandeur of nature

Favorite Quote

“Change your thoughts and you change your world” - Norman Peale

Shekar Nair

A Team dedicated towards
meaningful founder outcome

We created Upekkha so that founders like you are not robbed of meaningful outcomes.
By default, founders are shoved down the unicorn path.
Over 98% of them get butchered at the Unicorn altar.
It hurts!
Founder First
Founder Optionality
Founder Agency
Founder Outcome

Our Team

Prasanna
Managing Partner
Prasanna
Shekar Nair
Partner
Shekar Nair
Thiyagarajan M (Rajan)
Partner
Thiyagarajan M (Rajan)
Tanuka
Content and Program Design
Tanuka
Gokul
Head, Founder Experience
Gokul
Rohith
Head, Data & Signals
Rohith
Fahad
Program Leader, Basecamp
Fahad
Ananya
Manager, Partnerships & Tribe Experience
Ananya
Varsha Das
Program Associate, Basecamp
Varsha Das
Yoosuf
Manager, Marketing
Yoosuf
Abhay
DevOps Associate
Abhay
Harshita Jain
Program Manager
Harshita Jain

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