Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi

Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi

SpecialityCo-Founder and CTO of Crayon Data

Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi (popularly known as IVK) is the Co-Founder and CTO of Crayon Data, a Big Data & AI product company at Singapore with a development center in Chennai. Crayon Data works in the area of market analytics in B2B space covering BFSI, Retail and Travel & Hospitality sectors.

He is also an active member of Indian Angel Network, a syndicate for early stage capital to invest in the start-up companies. He is a resident mentor at Axilor Ventures in Bangalore and mentors a few startups in each cohort in the areas of Deep Tech.

In social impact segment, he is a partner with Acumen Fund in India and helps their investee companies in education and other sectors.

His current technical interests and activities include Recommender systems and Choice theory, Product and Taste affinity graphs, AI/ML led Customer analytics, Text and Graph mining in both B2B and B2C contexts. He is also engaged deeply with IoT ecosystem in India and works closely with IoT forum to support ventures which leverage both HW and SW to develop solutions for different industry verticals.

He worked at Wipro for more than two decades before entering into the startup world. He was one of the core group members to set up the telecom business in Wipro and led the wireless and telecom applications businesses before becoming Wipro’s CTO.

He is one of the core members of CII’s Innovation council and a charter member of TiE. He serves on the National Startup Council of CII and leads the content development taskforce for Startups and MSMEs in India.

He is the lead author of the popular book, “A Manual for Indian Startups” published by Penguin India. He serves as an expert panel member of Wiley Innovation Advisory Council and authored a chapter on AI/ML in Travel and Hospitality Sector in “Innovation Black Book on Emerging Technologies” published by Wiley in 2019.

He is a member of Advisory Council of IIT Gandhinagar to help their research and innovation ecosystem.

He holds a BE degree in Electronics & Communications engineering and an advanced leadership certification for senior executives from McGill University in collaboration with Lancaster University, UK and IIM, Bangalore.

He has been with ICT industry for the last 30 years and is one of the leading experts in innovation management and advanced technologies incubation in India.

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