Forbes Technology Council members are in a wide range of industries and come from a diverse set of experiences. However, they all have lots of great insights to share, from best practices for technology departments to smart predictions for the future of tech. To showcase their expertise, we’re profiling Forbes Technology Council members here on the blog. This week: Nanda Krish.
Nanda Krish, Executive Chairman & CEO of Wisewire, a learning experience design company that focuses on improving access to high-quality digital learning materials for students of all ages. Nanda is also a general partner at the StartSmart Labs big data incubator.
What is your background, and how has it influenced what you do today?
I’m the Executive Chairman and CEO at Wisewire and have experience in management, sales, marketing, and business development. With more than 12 years of executive experience, I have powered early-stage and mid-size companies by raising over $200 million in funding. My rich background in multiple engineering disciplines and the fast startup environment guide new innovations from concept to reality, launching and receiving funding in a wide range of competitive fields: retail analytics, peer-to-peer networking, big data, edtech, and apps for the consumer market.
I’m also a general partner at the incubator StartSmart Labs, where companies such as Fairmarket (e-commerce, acquired by eBay) and CBay/Mirrus (NASDAQ-listed, now part of *Modal) have gone public. With Wisewire, I aim to combine all my expertise to grow a true edtech market leader, one that pushes technology boundaries while fulfilling the needs of educators and students worldwide.
What do you think is the most interesting piece of new technology today? (And / or how do you see the technology landscape changing in the next 5 – 10 years?)
The one area that is very interesting to me is Bots. I can see Bots applied towards learning and having a sizable impact in the next 2 to 5 years. Specifically in edtech, the market is ripe for Bots where they can be integrated into online assessments and practice, simple spell checks, real-time feedback, and endless other applications.
What’s your best piece of advice for technology executives to keep on top of the rapidly evolving tech space?
The area for execs to follow closely is machine learning and big data. A simple example would be to take advantage of the number of business apps that are available on mobile phones; generating so much data and making sense of all this is huge big data opportunity.