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The LinkedIn Challenge

The LinkedIn Challenge

Leverage technology to optimize LinkedIn’s marketing and product strategy to accelerate its mission of making Indian professionals more productive and successful

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Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. With more than 238 million members worldwide, including executives from every Fortune 500 company, LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the Internet. The company has a diversified business model with revenue coming from Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions and Premium Subscriptions products. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, LinkedIn has offices across the globe Our mission is simple: connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do. LinkedIn started out in the living room of co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002, and it officially launched on May 5, 2003.

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Mr. Nishant Rao
Country Manager, LinkedIn India

Nishant K. Rao is the Country Manager of LinkedIn India.

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  • Mr. Nishant Rao

    Country Manager, LinkedIn India

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    Mr. Nishant Rao

    Nishant K. Rao is the Country Manager of LinkedIn India. In this role, he is focused on scaling LinkedIn’s successful operations in India – this will entail furthering LinkedIn’s mission of making its 20 million Indian professional members more productive at what they do, and supporting Indian customers to hire, market and sell more effectively in today’s rapidly changing, social & connected world. Nishant has strong experience in business building (at both internet and enterprise software companies) across a multitude of leadership roles as a general manager, strategist, entrepreneur and technologist. He will look to apply this experience in being an evangelist of LinkedIn’s value proposition in India & in serving as part of LinkedIn’s APAC senior management team.

    Nishant joined LinkedIn in September 2011 and prior to taking up the role of Country Manager at LinkedIn India, he was Director of Business Operations and Global Head of Sales Strategy at LinkedIn’s US headquarters in Silicon Valley. In this capacity he has developed a solid understanding of LinkedIn’s different business lines and its consumer web operations. He complements this internal knowledge with insights from his previous leadership positions at McKinsey and Ariba Inc. which helped him develop robust experience in sales, go-to-market strategy, designing SaaS products and people management. Nishant also has a strong entrepreneurial background as one of the founding members of Epicentre Technologies – one of India’s first call centers—and serves as an advisor to multiple tech startups.

    Nishant got his MBA in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and International Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has the unique distinction of winning both MIT’s premier $100K Entrepreneurship competition as well as the International Venture Capital Investment competition. In addition, he graduated the University of Texas at Austin as a UT Distinguished Scholar with a a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Business.

  • Michiel Boreel

    Sogeti Group Technology Officer

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    Michiel Boreel

    Michiel Boreel has worked in the IT Industry for over 21 years and since 2007 has held the role of Chief Technology Officer with Sogeti. Michiel started his IT career at a company now owned by Sogeti advising about the reverse engineering of legacy information systems and migration estimation methods

  • Dr. Rajib Mall

    Prof. at IIT, Kharagpur.

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    Dr. Rajib Mall

    Dr. Rajib Mall obtained all his professional degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and the doctoral degrees from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He worked for Motorola(India) for about three years before joining the faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT, Kharagpur, where he is at present working as a professor. He has guided more than a dozen Ph.D. theses and has published more than 150 refereed international journal and conference papers. He has done consultancy projects for organizations such as General Motors, Infosys, Honeywell, and Usha Telecom. He works mostly in the areas of program analysis and testing for traditional as well as emerging software systems.

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