AVATAAR is revolutionizing the way consumers shop and browse online by creating innovative, interactive XR+AR shopping experiences and reimagining the visual discovery journey. Its globally first AI-led Computer Vision platform takes a deep learning, AI-driven approach to scaling commerce and allowing for a more efficient and personalized shopping experience, enabling shoppers to find exactly what they are looking for, quickly and easily.
Avataar is committed to re-shaping digital commerce through its cutting-edge AI-driven platform that enables cost-efficient photorealistic, life-size 3D & AR first experiences across all consumer touchpoints (web, in-app, marketplaces and social channels). Avataar works behind the scenes, powering some of the world's largest retail and e-commerce brands across US, Asia, and Europe, transforming the way brands engage with their customers and re-imagining business RoI in the process.
Backed by 10+ patents and strategic partnerships with the likes of Khronos, Meta, Google, Sequoia Capital, and Tiger Global investors, Avataar is changing the game for businesses around the world, providing customers with unparalleled new-age experiences.
A technology enthusiast and a student for life, Sravanth started Avataar in 2014, with a vision to uncover untapped potential from the confluence of Self-learning AI and Computer Vision. His belief stemmed from a fundamental view, advancements in computer vision (with cameras now surpassing the capabilities of a human eye) coupled with AI (analogous to the human brain-eye coordination) can bring about a paradigm shift in visual discovery experiences for consumers and businesses globally.
An engineer at heart, Sravanth spent his formative years in early 2000s as a Program Manager at Microsoft, where he first experienced the power of AI and Computer Vision. Post his MBA at Wharton, and for the first half of the 2010 decade, Sravanth donned the hat of an Investment Banker on Wall Street, helping Tech Entrepreneurs strategise and scale their businesses globally. He advised on transactions across mergers & acquisitions & Nasdaq Technology IPOs, cumulating over $100 billion in value.
Sravanth did his engineering undergrad from IIT Bombay, and is a lead inventor for 10+ US Patents across AI, Computer Vision and data transmission optimisation over mobile wireless networks.
When he is not busy envisioning Avataar’s future, Sravanth spends his time with his family, truly believing every moment is a learning experience.
A deep learner who has an unquenchable quest for new experiences; a passionate consumer behaviour student who believes in starting with WHY; a wanderer at heart who seeks out adventure sports; an out and out entrepreneur who got business acumen handed down to him in genes are what describe Gaurav.
In his entrepreneurial journey at Avataar, Gaurav has set out to deliver meaningful & delightful enhancements to visual experiences by deploying 3D Computer Vision and AI technological advancements of Avataar’s proprietary platform. He believes that the way in which end consumers are discovering products today, will undergo a massive transformation with software and hardware evolution in the current decade and wishes for Avataar to play a major role in this. His passion for the consumer tech space started with his role as a tech investment banker at Deutsche, where he became part of boardroom discussions of leading internet companies and learnt about building products at scale.
Gaurav loves to multi-task which could be seen at Avataar where he dons hats of a consumer thinker to a product manager to an RoI outcomes driver to an integration architect as the scenario demands. It was also evident when he completed his CA degree while studying at FMS for his MBA.
If Gaurav is not building Avataar then he could be found on the football field or planning his next exploration. He desires to imbibe nuances of local cultures from different parts of the world and eventually foster a nurturing ecosystem for the next generation.
Dan comes onboard Avataar's journey from IKEA where for the past 5 years he has been leading the 3D agenda for IKEA and building strategic, tactical and operational plans from product development to customer facing solutions.
With his passion for 3D that started in the late 1980’s from Disney films like Tron, Dan has always followed the latest trends and movements in 3D where he believes that 3D content, platforms and technology will re-define how people interact with the world.
Dan has been working in the 3D domain since 1993 and has worked across Retail, Experiential, Advertising, Flight Simulation, Computer Games and Television sectors. He brings a wealth of knowledge in 3D software & hardware, CGI and VFX capabilities and loves to discuss innovation, technical developments and ways of working.
Dan loves to play computer games and is a complete gadgets and technology buff. He also plays and writes music, plays football, collects Lego and loves spending time with his family.
Amreeta brings 17 years of experience working with large global technology led product companies and startups, driving cross-functional teams to achieve complex business solutions and growth. In her experiences, she has been instrumental in driving talent and branding strategies, and DEI initiatives to create a culture of innovation and inclusion.
She has held leadership positions with some well-known product companies like Google, Adobe, Samsung and Oracle. Her last stint was as the Global TA leader at Chargebee.
She has also founded Bleuming Technology, an HR analytics company which created success stories with solutions in the areas of talent, technology and branding.
Besides work, she loves traveling, indulging in seafood cuisines, or enjoying water sports.
Raman is a qualified Robotics engineer from Germany and started his career in space explorations building autonomous robots using neural networks. On his return to India, he pursued his MBA from SP Jain and joined Booze & Co. as a management consultant, building growth and market entry strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Post this, he led the strategy and pricing team of The Times Group and graduated to their private equity division as a lead investor.
In between his corporate stints, he founded and successfully exited a Clean-tech start-up. His formative experience in AI/ML and deeper belief that computer vision can metamorphose the way we interact with the synthetic world, brought him to Avataar.
In his spare time, Raman researches the lost science and art of building monolithic architectures and is often found reading comics and playing Lego with his son
Surabhi brings in 12+ years of rich experience in consultancy firms and early stage high growth start-ups. While her journey started with KPMG as a consultant, she soon realized her heart lay with disruptive start-ups and forayed into working with WeWork, Zomato, Nowfloats, and Garage Society. She has closely worked with multiple CXO’s to achieve business objectives and drive productivity and impact.
At Avataar, she has been a contributor to the company's growth driving high priority programs. Having worked across functions, her current focus is helping leaders with streamlining organization strategies aimed at fueling business growth. She is also helping strengthen Avataar’s brand through PR initiatives and brand communication.
She is an ISB graduate and St. Stephen's, Delhi University alumni. In her spare time she indulges herself in gardening and consuming a ton of OTT content!
In his career of 12+ years, Abhinav has gained immense experience in driving the fields of consumer technology, Mobility and Social gaming.
Prior to Avataar, Abhinav was working at Uber where he was leading the Business Operations for Karnataka and south expansion markets. From scaling up product portfolios to launching ‘Uber Access’ in India, he has done it all. His penchant for building teams and scaling operations has helped him build a stellar team of motivated members at Avataar. At Avataar, he is leading the Customer Success and Delivery team to proactively solve customer challenges and amplify the impact of 3D to revolutionise the product evaluation experience for millions of consumers worldwide.
Abhinav is a qualified Industrial and Production engineer from Manipal Institute of Technology and an MBA from ESADE Business School.Besides work, Abhinav loves traveling and is an ardent football fan. He also loves spending time with his wife and his puppy named ‘Gabbar’
Shubham is a 3D Computer Vision Researcher with a PhD from UC Berkeley, under the guidance of Prof. Angjoo Kanazawa and Prof. Jitendra Malik, working at the intersection of computer vision, geometry, and machine learning. He loves geometry and is passionate about enabling machines to perceive the world in 3D, as humans do. His published research in the area has enabled 3D reconstruction of humans, animals, and objects, from photos and videos. He also had a noteworthy affiliation with Meta, working as a Visiting Researcher.
Prior to Berkeley, he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from IIT Bombay, kickstarting his research journey in formal methods and computer vision. Furthermore, he proudly represented India and earned a Silver Medal at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Vietnam.
Outside of research, he loves exploring eateries and playing board games. There's also a high chance you might bump into him at the local climbing gym or the nearest surf break.
Shubham is a builder to the core. Prior to joining Avataar, he built his startup to help B-School professors apply Machine Learning (ML) and Computer Vision (CV) for research studies. His startup served 5 of the top 10 global B-Schools. He has also worked on computational creativity in paintings using CV at HEC Paris.
At Avataar, he is building Avataar Reality Labs, the moonshot factory of Avataar, solving problems at the forefront of Deep learning, CV and graphics to enable the shift to a 3D first digital world.
He is a behavioural science enthusiast, and has traveled across India for studying the same. When not working, he can be found sipping his Java chip at local cafes.
Prashanth is an investor and advisor to several disruptive and innovative start-ups that drive transformation in the technology and digital space. Prashanth has been involved with Avataar from the inception stage - shaping the strategy and enabling global scale-up.
Prior to this, Prashanth was heading Strategy for Facebook in India and led their start-up investments in Meesho and Unacademy. Prashanth has been a partner with Kalaari Capital, focusing on Consumer Internet and Enterprise Technology/SaaS.
Before Kalaari, Prashanth was a Partner with Bain &Company and a key member of Bain’s Technology and Digital practice areas inAsia Pacific.
He brings ~22 years of strategy and business/technology experience across India, US and the UK / Europe.
Prashanth has an MBA (concentration inStrategy and Entrepreneurship) from London Business School and a B. Tech(Hons.) from IIT Kharagpur.
Mr. Shailesh Lakhani is a Managing Director at Sequoia Capital India. At Sequoia he primarily focuses on investments in consumer technology, fintech and SaaS companies. Shailesh has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BASC in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Chung is a product technology executive, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He is Chief Product Officer at Coalition, the leading provider of security and cyber insurance.
Previously, Chung served as SVP of Product Development at Affirm where he oversaw the rapid expansion of Affirm's leading Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) product suite into leading e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Shopify. He also expanded responsible access to BNPL for consumers via the Debit+ card and new payment-style products. Prior to Affirm, Chung was an entrepreneur and product executive at AdMob, Chartboost, Google, Yahoo!, and 2nd Address as well as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Sequoia Capital.
Chung received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and M.S. in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.
John has spent his career working with retail, distribution, and manufacturing organizations define, execute, and optimize their omni-channel and supply chain strategies and operations.
John is the VP of Product Management in the Demand & Supply Management organization at Nike, focused on driving innovation and transformation as Nike becomes a more digitally powered enterprise. John joined Nike via the acquisition of Celect, where John served as CEO, the leading Inventory Optimization solution for retailers and brands.
Prior to joining the team at Celect, John was VP of Marketing and Product Management at Endeca, acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2012. Upon acquisition by Oracle, John was responsible for the Oracle Commerce omni-channel platform. Prior to Endeca, John was a manager within Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice where he led corporate strategy and supply chain projects.
John holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Boston College and received his master’s degree from the Harvard Business School.
John is a seasoned digital evangelist with a distinguished career in the Retail and Consumer Goods industries. With over 32 years of experience, he has held key roles as a consultant, technologist, operator, and executive, specializing in driving innovation within these sectors.
John served as the Chief Digital and Technology Officer (CDTO) at both Gap Inc. and Williams Sonoma Inc. At Gap, he oversaw Technology, Product Management, Data and Analytics, Loyalty and Payments, as well as the Digital business, including eCommerce Strategy and Operations, and Digital and Direct Marketing. Additionally, at Williams-Sonoma Inc., John led the integration of Marketing and Technology, strategically overseeing all solutions to drive competitive advantage.
John's educational background includes graduating from Santa Clara University, where he was an active member of the Retail Management Institute.
Manish is a seasoned GTM executive with 22+ years of experience spanning sales, marketing, and revenue operations. Manish has worked for companies such as Cloudflare, Splunk, Lattice Engine & Dell and is on the advisory board of some of the fastest-growing SaaS companies.
Manish was the founding member of the Go-to-Market team at Cloudflare, where he was the chief architect in scaling the business from $1M to $1B in revenue in less than 8 years, including building the PLG, Inside Sales and Field Sales motions from scratch. Most recently, Manish leads the Developer Platform business and Self-serve sales at Cloudflare.
Manish holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University at College Station.
Tim is a startup founder and a global angel investor and advisor. He is founder/CEO of UP Audio, a podcast growth platform and previously started Avid AI, a mobile sports app which was acquired in 2018.
Previously, he was a partner at Sequoia Capital in Silicon Valley, where he invested in early stage mobile and cloud startups and served as a board director for several fast growing software companies. Prior to Sequoia, Tim worked at Google and McKinsey & Company in London.
Tim holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a Masters in Electrical and Information Engineering from Cambridge University.