K Ganesh 

Serial Entrepreneur & 

Partner – GrowthStory.in 

Meena Ganesh

Co-Founder, MD & CEO, Portea Medical

Ganesh is a successful serial entrepreneur with four successful greenfield ventures and exits.

 

He currently runs GrowthStory.in, a leading venture builder platform that promotes and incubates new ventures along with great entrepreneurs.

Over the last few years, GrowthStory has promoted leading companies like Bigbasket.com – India’s largest eGrocery company, Portea Medical - India’s largest and fastest growing home healthcare company with 4000+ employees and operations across 16 cities in India, Bluestone.com – a leading online jewellery company, FreshMenu - India’s largest B2C food tech company, HomeLane -  India’s leading end to end, vertically integrated interior design and manufacturing provider, HungerBox – India’s largest B2B foodtech platform serving over 4 lakh orders a day, Verloop.io -  an AI/ML solutions provider and Home Screen Network – a vernacular digital media company

His last venture TutorVista was acquired by US and UK listed education leader Pearson for $ 213 MM. Previously, Ganesh founded and was the chairman of data analytics BPO firm Marketics until March 2007, when the company was acquired by NYSE-listed WNS for $ 63 MM. 

Prior to TutorVista, Ganesh started CustomerAsset in mid-2000. The company was later acquired by NYSE-listed ICICI Bank and is now publicly listed in India as First Source Solutions. Ganesh founded IT&T in 1990 and built it into one of India’s top multi-vendor IT service and support companies. The company was acquired by iGate (a listed company) in 2003.

Ganesh actively mentors, incubates and funds start-up. His angel investments include LittleEyeLabs (acquired by Facebook in Jan 2014), delyver.com (acquired by BigBasket in 2015), Hackerearth, CredR, Pokkt, SilverPush, DogSpot , Vogo, Bolo etc

Ganesh has also worked as the CEO of Wipro/Bharti British Telecom – a British Telecom JV in India, and held a senior management position in HCL Ltd.

He is also a popular speaker at entrepreneurship, start-up and technology events. He has been recognized as one of the "Iconic Entrepreneurs of India" in a document published by National Knowledge Commission, Government of India and was a nominee for The Economic Times ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in 2015.

Ganesh is a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC) and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University.

He was previously on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management,  Calcutta and was a founder-director of IIMC's Innovation park and Innovation cell. 

Ganesh serves on the board of Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank as independent director.

Twitter : @ganeshk03

Meena is one of India’s foremost business leaders and most successful entrepreneurs with nearly three decades of experience in industries including healthcare, consulting, technology, outsourcing, education and e-commerce.

 

As the MD & CEO, Meena heads Portea Medical (www.portea.com), India’s largest and fastest growing home healthcare company, which she co-founded in July 2013. The company brings in-home to patients, the full range of geriatric, chronic, post-operative care as well as allied healthcare services that are affordable and convenient to access. The company has emerged as India’s largest and fastest growing home healthcare company with 4000+ employees and operations across 16 cities in India. Portea was named ‘Startup of the Year’ in the 2016 NDTV Unicorn Awards in the Health-Tech category, and ‘Emerging Health Brand of the Year’ at the India Health Summit & Awards.

Till February 2013, Meena was a promoter and board member of TutorVista, and CEO and MD of Pearson Education Services, which included innovative and successful brands such as leading online tutoring company, TutorVista, and Edurite, a provider of technology-based solutions and digital content. TutorVista was acquired by Pearson, the world’s top education services company, for $ 213 MM in what was one of the largest deals in the Indian education sector.

 

As a partner of the platform, Growthstory.in, she is also co-promoter of nearly a dozen, new-age Internet/ Technology enabled start-ups. A few of them that are leaders in their category include Bigbasket.com - India’s premier e-grocery retailer, home solutions company - HomeLane, food tech company, FreshMenu and Bluestone.com – India’s leading online jeweller. In addition, she is a non-executive director on the board of a few other private limited companies in the financial services sector.

Prior to her stint with Pearson, Meena set up the Tesco Hindustan Service Center, Tesco’s outsourced IT services and analytics operation in India, and served as the CEO. She was also the only Indian and amongst only four women in the Global Retail Council of Tesco, an elite group of about 50 people who ran the operations of Tesco worldwide.

 

Before joining Tesco‚ Meena co-founded one of India’s pioneering BPO companies - Customer Asset, which she sold to ICICI OneSource. She was the Chief Operating Officer of Customer Asset and helped build the organization to nearly 4,000 people‚ servicing large corporate customers in UK and US markets.

 

Meena also had a five year stint with Microsoft India‚ during which she set up multiple business units including Microsoft Consulting‚ Internet and Application Development/Business services units. During the initial 11 years of her career, Meena was with PricewaterhouseCoopers and with NIIT.

 

Meena is a PGDM holder from IIM Calcutta has a graduate degree in Physics from the Madras University. In 2011, she was conferred the ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award by IIM Calcutta.

 

In 2015, Meena was among the 7-member jury for the inaugural Economic Times Startup Awards. She won the ET Startup Award in the Women Ahead category in 2016 and was chosen as Health Entrepreneur of the Year (2016) at the India Health Summit & Awards. Meena was named by Fortune India as one of the 50 'Most Powerful Women in Business' for four consecutive years (2015 - 2018), and a #WPower Trailblazer by Forbes India in 2017.   

Meena serves on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta. She is also a member of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Council as well as of the CII Healthcare Council. 

 

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