Vijay Ramanathan (Managing Partner) brings two decades of international industry experience with over 15 years in the telecom industry. His expertise lies in Product Management & Marketing - from Strategy to Positioning & Execution. He brings a keen insight on key Market Trends that can be converted into actionable plans.
Armed with firsthand knowledge of the India Telecom market & the Indian consumer, he has a deep understanding of the hygiene & requirements needed to succeed in the market, having launched upwards of 50 handsets from the very low tier to the high tier segments. He witnessed & participated firsthand in the explosive hockeystick growth in the Indian Telecom market for the last 10 years and has developed a well rounded knowledge of the dynamics in the Operator, Handset, Infrastructure, Regulatory, Retail & Distribution areas in the India Telecom market - keeping a keen eye on advancements in the Wireless/Internet/Gadget/VAS/general technology areas globally.
Most recently, he headed Handset Marketing for MTS, a CDMA operator in India. Prior to that, he was Head, Product Marketing at Motorola Mobile Devices between 2003-08, responsible for all handset product launches & in reaching No.2 in India. He has also held Business & Product positions in Telecom Software, Cellular Infrastructure & Auto Navigation industries in USA and India.
Jayanth Kolla (Partner) brings over Sixteen years of experience in Technology, Product Marketing, Research and Strategy Consulting in the Telecom, Internet, Mobile and Emerging Technologies - AI/ML, Blockchain & IoT - domains. He is an advisor to the world's leading technology firms, young & fast growing startups and the investor community. And, has held various roles with Telecom Carriers, Device Manufacturers and Management Consulting firms in the past.
Currently, as a Partner with Convergence Catalyst, Jayanth leverages his hands-on experience and domain expertise to advise various global and Indian technology companies to align themselves with the ever-changing trends, and evolve as leaders in the Digital Convergence space. He mentors a number of progressive and fast growing technology startups on Product & Service Offerings, Business Planning, Go-To-Market Strategies and Fund Raising. Jayanth is also an advisor to various PE & VC firms, Institutional Investors, Hedge Funds and FIIs on private equity transactions and public equity positions.
Jayanth is an oft-quoted industry leader whose viewpoints and analyst notes are regularly published in leading business publications including Mint, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune and Financial Times. He is a keynote speaker at various industry thought-leadership conclaves, and is also an empaneled judge for MIT's 'Emerging Technologies Young Innovators' (EmTech) Awards', 2017.
Prior to co-founding Convergence Catalyst, Jayanth has experience working with Analysys Mason, Nokia, Motorola, Kyocera Wireless and Tata Teleservices.