VINAY GUPTA:
 
VINAY GUPTA




 
 
 
 
 
Founder and CEO of Janeeva Inc. in Ann Arbor. Janeeva provides outsourcing relationship management software to users and providers of outsourcing services. Prior to founding Janeeva in 2004, Gupta was entrepreneur-in-residence at Ardesta, serving as president of three venture-backed companies: Sensicore, which provides microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based chemical sensors for blood and water diagnostics; Discera, which provides MEMS components for wireless devices; and Translume, which creates femtosecond laser-based integrated optical components. He continues to serve on the board of directors of Translume. Gupta also co-founded BlueGill Technologies, an Internet infrastructure company that specializes in Internet billing software, in 1996. BlueGill was sold to CheckFree Corp. in 2000 for $250 million, making it one of the most successful IT startups in Ann Arbor history. Following the acquisition, Gupta served as vice president of operations for CheckFree i-Solutions. He has also held management positions at Cabletron Systems, NCR Corp., Computer View Inc., and Zenith Data Systems. He earned a bachelorís degree in economics from the University of Delhi and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


WHERE BORN: "India."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "I'd say my friend and partner Hal Davis because weíve started more than one company together."

LAST BOOK READ: "The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen. It is really interesting how new companies get started, and it talks about the challenges of starting technology companies."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Intense and driven."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "I think that the only way is up. There are tremendous opportunities in the software businesses that Iím involved in. Itís only going to grow for many, many years to come."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My BlackBerry."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Anywhere in the world? I really like San Francisco."

FAVORITE HOBBY: "Collecting wine."

FAVORITE FOOD: "I like pretty much every kind of food. I donít really have a favorite."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I have a very good memory. I can remember almost everything."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "I want to be remembered as somebody who made a difference."