Alpa Agarwal, Co-Founder, Head of Product and Strategy & CEO
A passionate traveler, Alpa’s joy lies in making friends with people around the world. Amidst the sea of diversity, Alpa finds sameness. Different cultures, different religions, different ways of living, all seem to preach the gospel of love; love that empowers, love that grounds and love that delights. Read Alpa’s poem, “TravelMyHeart.”
Alpa also has a passion to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed; enterprises that are the bulwark of economic prosperity.
Alpa oversees product management, product marketing, sales, business development, strategy, and other business functions.
Prior to TravelMyHeart, Alpa was director of product management at Intuit, where she led a team of product managers in delivering marketing technology solutions.
As director of product management & marketing at eBay, Alpa led the development and launch of the eBay Promotions Manager which increased sales and average order size for eBay merchants. The application is currently successfully deployed on eBay.
Prior to eBay, Alpa worked with the engineering team at Microsoft’s MSN.com to release new social & community features. Alpa also held marketing roles in Microsoft’s developer division working on multi-core computing and with startups in the Microsoft for Startups program. Prior to that, Alpa led a global team at Microsoft to identify strategic market trends. She regularly advised Microsoft’s senior leadership team, including Bill Gates, resulting in new acquisitions, technology investments and strategic corporate shifts.
Alpa has an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a BA in Economics from the University of Mumbai.
Ankit Agarwal, Co-Founder and Head of Product & Engineering
Ankit Agarwal is co-founder and head of product and engineering at TravelMyHeart™. In his role, he oversees all product management and engineering functions.
Ankit loves to travel and discover new places and new people. Travel opens his mind to new ideas and views. TravelMyHeart is a passion project for two reasons – (i) Travel and Tourism helps alleviate people’s fear of the unknown and builds bridges between people from different countries and cultures, and (ii) Travel and Tourism powers small and medium-sized businesses that provide most of the jobs and innovation in our world.
Prior to TravelMyHeart™, Ankit was Vice President of Product at CloudWeaver Inc., formerly Lyatiss, which made SaaS software to manage and optimize cloud hosted applications and IaaS infrastructures. In this role, Ankit oversaw product management, user experience design, engineering and operations and built CloudWeaver’s engineering and operations teams worldwide. Additionally, Ankit led pre-sales, technical demonstrations, and acquired the first set of customers. Ankit also played a leading role in analyst briefings and partner development.
Prior to CloudWeaver™, Ankit was Associate Vice President of Engineering at OPNET Technologies, Inc., a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader in Application Performance Management and Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics. OPNET was acquired by Riverbed Technology in 2012. In this role, Ankit was responsible for OPNET’s automated solutions for Network Discovery, Security and Performance Auditing, and Documentation and Diagramming – Sentinel and NetMapper, now known as Riverbed SteelCentral™ NetAuditor. Ankit oversaw all aspects of product management, user experience design and engineering, and built the respective teams. Additionally, Ankit played a leading role in pre-sales and post-sales support, technical support, customer demonstrations, analyst briefings, and acquisitions.
Ankit has presented sessions on network management and cloud operations at various industry conferences. He holds several patents in the areas of computer networking and security, and cloud operations. He has a Masters in Computer Science degree from the University of Missouri.
Gary Flake, Advisor
Gary is the former CTO of Search & Data Science at Salesforce, which acquired Clipboard, Inc., of which he was the founder and CEO. Prior to founding and leading Clipborad, Gary was Technical Fellow at Microsoft, and VP of Technology & Principal Scientist at Yahoo! Gary received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and his PhD from the University of Maryland.
Chip Conley, Advisor
Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley disrupted his favorite industry… twice. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years, and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. His five books have made him a leading authority at the intersection of psychology and business. Chip was awarded “Most Innovative CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, is the recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University.
Ramana Nanda, Advisor
Ramana Nanda is the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance in the MBA program and in executive education offerings. His research examines financing frictions facing new ventures, with an aim to help entrepreneurs with fundraising and to shed light on how financial intermediaries, corporate R&D and policy makers can improve the odds of selecting and commercializing the most promising ideas and technologies.
Ramana is a Research Associate in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the NBER. He received his Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has a BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. He is a recipient of the 2015 Kauffman Prize Medal, that is awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Ramana was based in the London and New York offices of Oliver, Wyman & Company, where he worked primarily with clients in global capital markets as well as in small-business banking. He continues to advise startup ventures on their financing strategies and also works with philanthropic investors who use market-based solutions to address poverty and promote entrepreneurship in developing countries.
Ayesha Damania, Advisor
Ayesha is a counsel specializing in Corporate Employment Law, with over 25 years of experience.
She has served as Assistant Government Pleader for 2 years.
Her client base comprises multinational and Fortune 500 companies, large public sector corporations and top ranking solicitor firms based in Mumbai, India.
Ayesha has an LL.M. degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Law.
Amir Sarhangi, Advisor
Amir Sarhangi is vice president of products at Ripple. Ripple provides one frictionless experience to send money globally using the power of blockchain. Prior to joining Ripple, Amir was director of product management and partnerships at Google responsible for messaging, after Google acquired Jibe Mobile, a company he founded and led. As CEO and founder of Jibe Mobile, Amir was responsible for the company’s strategic and product direction, which placed Jibe Mobile at the forefront of the move towards an “all IP” mobile network. Prior to Jibe Mobile, Amir led the planning and strategy for consumer products and services for Vodafone Japan where he managed a budget of $170 million. Amir has deep roots in the telecommunications industry and has helped drive the development of industry standards, such as GSMA’s joyn. Amir received a BS in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.