Chairman of GDI Infotech and President and CEO of InfoReady Corp., both in Ann Arbor. Bhushan is a serial entrepreneur and has built four software companies in the past 22 years. GDI Infotech is an IT services and solutions company that specializes in information integration, management, and collaboration. Under his leadership, GDI has reinvented itself through multiple ups and downs in the technology sector. Michigan Economic Growth Corp. awarded the firm a $1.5 million grant to open its solutions division in Ann Arbor instead of North Carolina. Bhushan spun off, InfoReady Corp. in 2010. With 14 employees, InfoReady provides a social media-based collaboration platform that allows people and organizations to build engaged communities and speed information-centric decisions. InfoReady announced seed capital of $1.1 million in 2011, including funding from TechTown's First Step Fund, Automation Alley's seed fund, and the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. Kulkarni came to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies, initially joining Ford as a project engineer. Throughout his career, he has nurtured companies from startup to expansion. GDI Infotech has appeared on the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest-growing companies four times in the past decade. The Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce named GDI to its Future 50 of Greater Detroit list five times. Kulkarni also was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Michigan Technology Services category. Crain's Detroit Business
has cited him on its 40 under 40 list and among its Who's Who in Technology Services. His community leadership includes serving as treasurer of Ann Arbor SPARK, vice chair of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, past chair of the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce, director of the Ann Arbor IT Zone, Ann Arbor Art Center, and Information Technology Association of Michigan, and the past president of American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin. He is also a charter member of TiE. He received his master's degree in engineering from West Virginia University.