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Shirish Nadkarni

Shirish is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in creating consumer businesses that have scaled to tens of millions of users worldwide.

He was the co-founder of Livemocha, the world’s largest language learning site with 15+ million registered members. Livemocha pioneered the concept of social language learning and was later acquired by RosettaStone.

Prior to Livemocha, Shirish was the founder of TeamOn Systems, a mobile wireless e-mail pioneer that was acquired by Research in Motion in 2002. The TeamOn technology served as the core foundation for Blackberry Internet E-mail which is currently in use today by over 50 million BlackBerry users.

Shirish began his career at Microsoft, where he established MSN as an industry leading Web portal and successfully lead the acquisition of Hotmail and a partnership with Inktomi, a leading search provider.

Shirish holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Shirish serves on the University of Michigan CSE National Advisory Board and the board of TiE Seattle.

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