Shirish Nadkarni

Shirish's most recent endeavor is Zoomingo - a mobile sales tool for local retailers.

Shirish was the co-founder of Livemocha, the world’s largest language learning site with 12 million registered members. Livemocha transformed the staid language learning market with a unique community based approach to language learning. Prior to Livemocha, Shirish was the founder and CEO of TeamOn Systems, a mobile wireless e-mail pioneer that was acquired by Research in Motion in 2002. The TeamOn technology serves as the core foundation for Blackberry Internet E-mail, which is currently in use today by over 30 million BlackBerry users.

Shirish started his technology career at Microsoft where as a senior executive at MSN, he successfully drove the product strategy that catapulted to among the top three portal sites on the internet. While at MSN, he personally orchestrated the acquisition of Hotmail and partnership with Inktomi Corporation to jump start Microsoft’s entry into the two largest internet application categories – E-mail and Search respectively.

Shirish holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Shirish serves on the board of Livemocha, TiE Seattle and is an advisor to many technology startups.

Besides work, Shirish loves to hold pancake breakfasts and barbeques for his co-workers and is known to have a wicked top spin in ping-pong.