The people behind Prof Jim aren’t just experienced in inventing things, but they have proven business acumen. Specifically of the technology startup flavor. They know how to build companies from the ground up, disrupt the status quo, and improve the lives of their customers.
Dr. Deepak Sekar, co-founder & CEO, is an inventor and entrepreneur. Over the last decade, he has been granted more than 200 patents, making him one of the most prolific inventors in the world today. You may know him from his role as founder and CEO of Chowbotics, which built the world’s first fresh food making robot named “Sally”. Chowbotics was named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company, and was acquired by Doordash in 2020. When he’s not coercing his family to test his latest invention, he’s likely climbing a distant mountain.
Pranav Mehta, co-founder & CTO, is a seasoned computer scientist and a businessman known for his approachable, problem-solving attitude, and an affinity to “make and break things.” During his time at Microsoft, he led the shipping of several releases of Microsoft Dynamics to some of the largest retailers in the world—winning him two awards from Microsoft for being one of the leading innovators on their team. When he’s not working, he volunteers with tradesmen in his hometown, Hyderabad.
Maria Walley, co-founder & Head of Content has worked in both in-house marketing departments and agencies, focusing on content. After she co-founded Kandid.ly (Techstars ’16), she led the most popular section (relationships) in Verily Magazine, garnering over 1M unique page views per month. She has served as a writer and consultant, developing content for Procter & Gamble in venture and consumer spaces, and helping non-writers become content creators by supporting Microsoft to create Microsoft Learn. She lives with three men: her husband and two little boys.
Why? When your work evokes a sense of pride, you think differently. You sit up straighter, you listen with less self-doubt, and everyone comes to the table with more ideas and less excuses.
Why? When we depend on each other, there’s no room for ego. Kindness makes interacting not only more functional, but far, far more enjoyable.
Why? Communication is the lifeblood of any organization—but it’s especially critical in the digital age (and with us in different locations). Real conversation builds positive momentum and camaraderie that generates the best kind of synergy.