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U2opia mobile

U2opia mobile is a mobile technology company that enables technology that drives connectivity, fuels transformation and helps companies grow and innovate. Since its pioneering launch in May 2011, its flagship product, Fonetwish, that enables ubiquitous and customized access to the social internet on USSD, U2opia Mobile now offers data driven solutions. Today, U2opia Mobile’s solutions include Fonepass, a sponsored data platform that excites customers with possibilities of data, Foneverify, a user authentication tool for businesses application economy and Nvite, that creates an ecosystem for an app developer to invite users to refer their apps, ensuring a larger base of users.

The solutions engage a variety of customers, across generations of handsets.

U2opia Mobile works with the largest and most innovative mobile operators in Asia, Africa & Latin America and is managed by an experienced team with deep understanding of consumer, internet and mobile ecosystems. The company addresses a global user base of 1 Billion users in emerging markets with its innovative mobile data solutions. Over the span of 5 years, U2opia Mobile has inked strategic relationships with over 81 MNO’s globally. The company is backed by marquee investors Matrix Partners and Omidyar Network, who provide strategic market reach as well as strong financial support. U2opia Mobile runs operations from Singapore, Delhi, Dubai and San Francisco.

Our Philosophy

educate

Educate

empower

Empower

enrich

Enrich

At U2opia mobile, we create solutions that enable growth, excite consumers and empower businesses.

From an early data stage where underserved customers are empowered by USSD connectivity, to exciting users with endless possibilities with sponsored data, to ensuring businesses expand with agility in an App economy, our solutions engage a variety of customers, across generations of handsets.

We understand the importance of connectivity and consumer networking. That’s why we collaborate with global internet giants and telecom carriers to realize this and help you be a part of the real world.

We are at the center of today’s technology revolution.

Our Team

Meet the faces behind our company

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Saurabh Bidani

Vice-president

Global Business Operation

With over 14 years of experience and positions held across different industries including FMCG, Telecommunications and Pharmaceutical, Saurabh brings with him the unique ability of managing resources effectively to deliver profits.

His rich experience in leadership roles in business development, business operations and channel marketing has helped him in monetising emerging markets and driving growth in user base and revenue. Saurabh is responsible for global expansion of U2opia Mobile’s product line.

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Rakesh Bhalla

SENIOR DIRECTOR

FINANCE

Rakesh Bhalla heads the finance function for U2opia Mobile. A chartered accountant by profession, Rakesh brings over 14 years of experience in Finance & Accounts, Budgeting & Fund Management, Audit & Compliance, Policy & procedure development, Taxation and transfer pricing.

Prior to U2opia, he has held critical positions in Syniverse India, Pricewaterhouse coopers (PwC), and NMR. His last association was with Syniverse and was instrumental in setting up finance function in India being one of the first 10 employees.

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Hemendra Bist

Director

HR & Admin

Hemendra is a HR professional with more than 17 years of experience.

Hemendra has previously worked with Fiserv (Open Solutions division), Reliance Retail, Merrill Lynch Technologies, Bharti Telesoft and PSINet Consulting Services.

Our Board

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Sumesh Menon

MD AND CO-FOUNDER

Sumesh co-founded U2opia Mobile in 2010 and is now the Managing Director of the 200-member strong organization, spread across 45 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Under his leadership, backed by his strong experience and insight in telecom as well the emerging markets landscape, U2opia Mobile now operates out of offices in Singapore, Gurgaon, Dubai and San Francisco and is steadily building on its pipeline of innovative products.

Over the years, he has built strong links in the telecom industry across the globe and has a proven record of turning around stagnant products and services and putting them on a dynamic growth path. While not behind the desk, Sumesh loves travel and photography and is also a big U2 fan.

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Ankit Nautiyal

Co founder & CTO

Ankit Nautiyal, co- founder of U2opia Mobile, is the resident geek and manages the product development for U2opia Mobile. He is the brain behind the innovative product line including Fonetwish – our flagship USSD-based interactive service which brings the power of Internet to every mobile phone. With hands-on experience across large key platforms like CRBT, USSD, Billing Engines and Content Management Systems, Ankit manages the high-end technology Research and Development team at U2opia Mobile.

His knowledge of the operator ecosystem as well as passion for speed and innovation is a key ingredient to the success of U2opia. His earlier stints include roles with Bharti Telesoft and Valley start-up Bubble Motion in Singapore. He is an avid photographer and loves travelling.

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Vikram Vaidyanathan

MANAGING DIRECTOR, MATRIX PARTNERS

Vikram is passionate about shaping the India of tomorrow and seeks opportunities to work with driven entrepreneurial teams that are committed to converting the Indian growth story into reality. Having worked as a product developer, start-up team member, non-profit manager, FMCG marketer and strategy consultant.

Vikram brings on board a pragmatic set of lessons learnt about building a business in India.

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Hari Krishnan

President at Property Guru, Board member at TiE

Hari Krishnan, an INSEAD alumnus, comes with a strong record of many years of leading market entry and growth for online companies in Asia. As LinkedIn's first hire in the Asia Pacific region, he has expertise across APAC and the US in leading businesses through periods of strong monetization growth and customer satisfaction.

In his position on U2opia Mobile’s board, Krishnan’s insight and guidance in building a robust, agile and competitive enterprise sales organization will be key as U2opia Mobile expands its enterprise business. Also, his experience with online consumer businesses in Asia will be valuable as the company introduces its direct to consumer offerings.

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Badri Pillapakkam

Investment Partner at Omidyar Network

Badri Pillapakkam sources and executes investments across the Consumer Internet & Mobile and Financial Inclusion initiatives in South & South-East Asia (India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia). Based in Singapore, Badri works with a diverse range of portfolio organizations as Board Member/ Board Observer on strategy, growth plans, international expansion, operational excellence, fund-raising and exits.

His role builds on his extensive experience in the finance and investing fields.