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An Ideology Whose Time Has Come

The new IT engineer in India.

The Indian IT sector has done India proud. It has become a world class industry and brought a huge amount of revenue to the economy. As it continues to earn laurels, a new generation of engineers has come of age with a very different outlook. No longer are these engineers content to do the grunt work but aspire to doing truly original and innovative work, like in the Silicon Valley, despite all the odds of not having the infrastructure, the enabling environment or, the universities.

Innovate in India. For India.

Artoo is a company founded by this new generation of engineers. As our peers do, we believe that Indian engineers must innovate in India and for India. While we deeply admire Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, we are aware that they work on the problems of the milieus in which they operate. So Apple makes expensive iPhones and Elon Musk is concerned with the the environment and renewable energy. Similarly, engineers in India must necessarily solve the most pressing problems in their own environ.

The Company

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Artoo’s dream, in the short term, is for all field agents and borrowers to learn to use technology, as well as financial services, in a way that even the very wealthy do not, now. This is backed by our core values of creativity, compassion, authenticity and effectiveness; a mission of catalyzing equal opportunity for all; and a vision to become the Google of financial inclusion, democratizing financial services beyond the wildest current imagination.

 

To that end, we are constantly building the most robust systems and processes. But the core dynamic is Artoo’s missionary zeal to go the extra mile in order to empower the borrower, the field officer and the customer enterprise to leapfrog to success. It is this core dynamic that drives our innovations, systems and processes.

 

This built-to-last, here-to-stay nature of the company, expressed not so much in words, as in concrete day-to-day actions, stemming from a fierce commitment to the cause, should persuade the most pragmatic customer that we are here for the long haul.

OUR TEAM

Sameer Segal

Sameer Segal

Founder & CEO

Sameer discovered his passion for inclusive technology during an internship at Ujjivan in 2008. He realized the only meaningful way to impact service quality for borrowers was to empower field agents to do more for them at their doorsteps. He designed a simple software solution so that a task that had taken 15 days could now be done in an instant. Artoo grew from this simple idea. As CEO, Sameer heads Sales, Product and Partnerships at Artoo. He believes firmly that the world’s most intuitive technology should be available to those who need it the most. Sameer holds a BTech from NITK.

Kavita Nehemiah

Kavita Nehemiah

Co-Founder & COO

Growing up in a poverty stricken town, Ranipet, India, Kavita has always been fascinated by how employment opportunities can transform entire areas. Since then she has aspired to discover transformative solutions to poverty. After earning a BA in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, she joined the then fledgling MFI, Ujjivan where she started their Individual Lending vertical. She then went on to take an MBA from Cornell University, after which she cofounded Artoo with Sameer. She is COO at Artoo and collaborates closely with Sameer to ensure that the product seamlessly blends the best of technology with the best of domain knowledge.

Kaushik Bhat

Kaushik Bhat

Engineering Manager

Kaushik joined Artoo because he felt it was an opportunity to make an impact rather than simply build technology for technology’s sake. He quickly found that he was deeply passionate about understanding the customer’s needs and doing whatever it takes to make field users happy. He leads the Customer Success team at Artoo and works closely with Geeks and Firefighters to empower users to make the most of Artoo’s technology. He firmly believes technology is pointless unless it impacts people’s lives. Prior to Artoo, Kaushik worked with Infosys’ Products Division building scalable web products. He holds a BE from the University of Mumbai.

Shrivatsa Swadi

Shrivatsa Swadi

Architect - Lead

Shrivatsa has been interested in using technology to bring changes on the ground, especially to benefit those outside the grid. He works on the technology operations at Artoo. As a part of the engineering team, he is working to make the systems intuitive, efficient and reliable. Being part of small team attempting to build and scale a challenging goal of bringing financial access to everyone, he loves the challenge of constantly being on his feet and looking for new vistas to conquer. Previously, he has worked at Nokia and Freecharge and holds a BE in Computer Science from SJCE, Mysore.

Aparna Vaikuntam

Aparna Vaikuntam

Architect - Customer Success

Aparna joined Artoo because she felt the idea of combining cutting edge technology with the satisfaction of creating social impact was almost too good to be true. She is a part of the engineering team. She is working on our web platform and raving about the thrill of developing exciting new features and actually see it getting used to make a difference. Aparna has worked with Samsung, Applied Communication Sciences and Infosys in the past. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Kannan A K

Kannan A K

VP, Business Development

Kannan was curious to pursue disruptive technology that fuels social impact. His zeal to contribute to the Digital India story drove him to join Artoo. Prior to joining Artoo, Kannan worked at iGate-Patni as a key account manager for a Fortune 5 Conglomerate. He has also managed Sales force for APAC with a sharp focus on the IT and Product Engineering services. As a seasoned sales professional, his experience ranges from customer management, key account management, to geographic expansion. He graduated with an Engineering Degree in Computer Science and has an eGMP from IIM-Bangalore.

Indus Chadha

Indus Chadha

Co-Founder & Storyteller

Indus shares Sameer’s wish to change the texture of life at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP). She works, at Artoo, to understand the lived realities of people at the BoP, and to imagine how inclusive technology could improve the quality of their lives. Indus earned her BA in the Study of Women & Gender and English Language & Literature from Smith College, and her MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Arts at Columbia University. She believes we cannot exist or be understood without stories and spends much of her free time reading and writing them.

Partha Murmu

Partha Murmu

Mobile Engineer

Partha wanted to do something where changing lives mattered more than money did. He believes that money is important but it shouldn’t be a hurdle for someone to improve or move forward in life. As an Android Engineer at Artoo, he works on the mobile side of things. He did his Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication from Kalyani Governement Engineering College.

Krupanand Shetty

Krupanand Shetty

Backend Engineer

Krupanand joined Artoo because he resonated with its vision. He wanted to do impactful work that improves the lives of the underbanked. At Artoo, he works on backend technologies, writing APIs and handling data, and also does devops tasks. He holds a MTech in Engineering from the RV College of Engineering. Prior to his Masters, he was worked with TCS for 2 years.

Basavaraj Ganagi

Basavaraj Ganagi

Mobile Engineer

Basavaraj has always been passionate about social entrepreneurship. He joined Artoo because he felt that it was an opportunity where he could make a difference to society while also carving out a meaningful career for himself. As a Client Engineer at Artoo, he works to understand our clients’ needs and communicate them to our engineering team, constantly learning new things both in terms of domain knowledge and technology.. Basavaraj completed his Bachelors in Engineering from BVBCET, Hubballi, where he co-founded Center for Technology Entrepreneurship, and then completed his Masters in Computer Science and Engineering at R V College of Engineering.

Archana Singh

Archana Singh

Office Admin

Archana is Administrative Executive at Artoo. She looks after Human Resources and Accounts. She is very passionate about her work and feels that each interaction she has with those around her must be an effective one. She has completed her Degree in Bachelor of Arts at B.M.S College for Women and an HR Course at HR House.

Geloth J.

Geloth J.

Firefighter

Geloth is a FireFighter in the Customer Success team and helps solve queries of users on the field. He feels most delighted when users appreciate Artoo’s support. He joined Artoo because technology interests him deeply. He has previously worked with Jiffstore Software Labs as a co-ordinator.

Mradula Hegde

Mradula Hegde

Communications Associate

Mradula is a storyteller at Artoo. She joined because she was moved by how everyone on the team is working toward a larger cause and she felt certain that she could do her bit here too. She communicates Artoo’s stories to the world. She can be found writing the official blog one day and designing the website on another. Mradula earned her Bachelors in Biotechnology from Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil University. She has worked as an Academic and Copy Editor at Cactus Communications and Packt Publishing, respectively and has volunteered at Teach India, a spoken English programme for employability.

Madesh S

Madesh S

Firefighter

Madesh is a firefighter, a part of the Customer Success team at Artoo. On any given day, he handles several user queries and provides resolutions to them. He is deeply motivated and committed to put his thoughts and ideas at work and keen to learn more at Artoo, which he believes will help him ahead in his career. He's a family guy who helps his parents in his free time and loves to explore new places most weekends.

Arun Prasad

Arun Prasad

FrontEnd Web Lead

Arun always wanted to work on products that influence people’s lives. A self-taught and self-motivated Internet learner, he’s passionate about all things web. He loves building functional, beautiful, and intuitive web-based products. He did his graduation at KSRCAS, Tiruchengode and has a Master’s in Biotechnology from Periyar University. Arun joined Artoo intending to contribute to its vision of financial inclusion and helping people through technology by making it more accessible and intuitive. When not Artoo-ing, he builds task management software for self-confessed lazy people like him. A world music enthusiast, he loves reading books and sometimes research on the origin of life, consciousness, and human dreams.

Harish Kavatekar

Harish Kavatekar

Web Engineer

Harish is a client engineer at Artoo. Eager to learn and work on upcoming cutting-edge technologies, he felt Artoo would be a good platform to develop his skills in his career as well as impact the society. As a client engineer, his day revolves around understanding the client’s requirements and solutioning problems with a blend of domain and technology. On his off days, he enjoys spending his time with his guitar as well as clicking pictures. Before joining Artoo, he was a web developer at Tiramisu New Media and earned his BE in Information Science from PESIT

Lohit Lingam

Lohit Lingam

Account Manager

Lohit is an Account Manager at Artoo who firmly believes that humans are on the planet to help each other out. Since the start of his career, he has consciously tried addressing social problems in every way possible, to make this world a better place to live for everyone. Artoo's contribution to empowering individuals from various communities caught his eye, and he couldn't wait to be part of Artoo to accelerate the pace of financial inclusion. Like most kids in India, he is an Engineering graduate who soon realised that he’d better doing something else. He has held diverse job titles in his career. Jagriti Yatra boosted his interest in startups, where he made a conscious shift from being a Software Engineer at HCL to being an Operations Manager at a startup. When not Artoo-ing, you will either see him trying different cuisines or boosting my imagination by reading books.

Adarsh Pereira

Adarsh Pereira

Account Manager

Adarsh was drawn to Artoo because of its commitment to ease access to finance to lower-income groups. Having experienced financial constraints personally, he could relate himself with problems and constraints faced by the borrower communities. As an Account Manager at Artoo, he believes he can find solutions and contribute towards the society by bringing technology into people's lives. He earned his MS in MIS from Marist College and his BE in Computer Science from St. Joseph’s College of Engineering. Prior to joining Artoo, he worked as a tech support engineer at Unisys. He is a big foodie and enjoys indulging in superhero series, outdoor sports and travel, when he is not playing Pokemon Go

Vineeth Kandamparambath

Vineeth Kandamparambath

Operations Manager

Vineeth idolizes a society where the statement “Rich becomes richer and poor becomes poorer” is term of bygone era. His life experiences from his rural upbringing have added a lot of emotional quotient to his present work at Artoo. Vineeth has previously worked with IBM, Huawei, and Philips in project and service operations. He has graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications from Mar Athanasius College and Master's in Operations Management from BITS Pilani. When he is not Artoo-ing, he enjoys cooking experimental foods, reading blogs and writing poetry.

Shubham Chaturvedi

Shubham Chaturvedi

Backend Engineer

Shubham read about Artoo and the work they were doing and was captivated by how technology can actually be used to make people's lives easier. He was instantly drawn into being a part of the team. Shubham works on Backend and spends most of his time googling how things actually work. His weekend routine is watching football and later mourning if his team loses. He graduated in 2017 from DA-IICT, Gandhinagar.

Board and Advisors

PR Ganapathy

PR Ganapathy

Board Member

President (India), Villgro

Vikas Raj

Vikas Raj

Board Member

MD, Accion Venture Lab

Bindu Ananth

Bindu Ananth

Advisor

Chair, IFMR Trust

Baskar S

Baskar S

Advisor

Co-Founder, Amagi

Investors