Sharad Sharma is the co-founder and governing council member of Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable (iSPIRT), a think tank focused on building a software product ecosystem in the country. Sharma has over two decades of global experience in the internet, enterprise software and infrastructure markets. He is an active technology angel investor and is a prominent voice in the entrepreneurial sphere. In his current entrepreneurial role, he heads BrandSigma Inc as its CEO.
In the past, Sharma held numerous senior executive positions at leading technology establishments. He led the research and development of Yahoo! India wherein as CEO and SVP he looked after Yahoo’s product engineering for emerging markets, and other global products. Sharma is credited with the turnaround of Veritas operations in India after he joined the company as its India general manager in 2004.
In 2001, he co-founded Teltier Technologies, a wireless infrastructure technology startup based in New Jersey, which was later merged with Cisco. Prior to that, he managed product development teams at Lucent Technologies for more than nine years both in the US and in India. He played a crucial role in setting up AT&T/Lucent’s research and development (R&D) in India in the mid-90s, a point in time when offshore product development was at its nascent stage.
In addition, Sharma was the chair of NASSCOM’s product forum and worked as the organization’s executive council member for four years. He was also the Chairperson of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter while at the Delhi College of Engineering, which started its Minicomputer Club in 1984. He was honored with the R&D visionary award by Zinnov in 2008.