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About Hari


Hari is an Investor , advisor and mentor . He provides strategic inputs and directions to entrepreneurs , playing the role of a friend , philosopher and guide . Post his stint as an entrepreneur for over 27 years as founder of Ontrack Systems Limited ( , Hari has made angel investments in several startups in diverse domains and has led investments in innovative startups in India and abroad. Hari supports entrepreneurs in several ways .Hari uses and advocates methodologies like lean startup models , Wealth Dynamics , lean manufacturing , Agile development and other practical techniques to guide entrepreneurs and management teams.

He is a Director of Mukunda Foods Private Limited ( ) , Director of High City Retail Private Limited ( . He is an advisor to IvyCap Ventures , ( ) a Private Equity fund, focused on supporting entrepreneurs from premier institutions of India. He was an advisor to Sol Primero ( ) ,an early stage venture fund started by two women .He is a Board observer and Mentor to , a company run by a team of audiologists who have set up a chain of clinics for patients with hearing problems. He is an advisor to , a young company focussed in IoT which has built a low cost platform for rapid IOT application development. He is a mentor and advisor to , a Fintech company which is currently focussing on lending to students in India. Hari is a mentor and Board observer to , a company focussed in applying cutting edge technology in the fashion industry.

He is a member of The Indian Angel Network ( ) , where he contributes in deal sourcing , due diligence and mentoring of start up companies . He is well networked with entrepreneurs and investors all over the world and has the ability to raise finance for funds, startups and matured companies.

Hari serves / has served as a trustee / Office Bearer of several non profit organisations like TiE ( ) Kolkata as Past President , COMPASS ( ) as Past President , NASSCOM ( as former Vice Chairman of EIRC , CIITA ( Confederation of Indian IT Associations) as Founder President, Sr Vice President ( Federation of All India IT Associations) , Shree Dibyananda Mission as a Trustee . He is a mentor and adviser to Babar Ali , who has been recognised as the World's youngest headmaster.

Hari earned a BE ( Bachelor of Electrical Engineering ) from Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur. He started his career in BHEL and after a short stint there founded Ontrack Systems Limited ( ) , an ICT company headquartered in Kolkata. Hari has led and executed the acquisition(s) strategy for the company and also led the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Ontrack . Hari was one of the early adapters of the internet ( 1996) and his portal ( Calcutta Online ) was a very popular portal which was subsequently acquired by a NASDAQ listed company in 1998-99 . Hari subsequently founded , India's first tendering portal and acquired , India's earliest B2B information portal.

Feedback from founders - April 2016

Glad to share feedback received from some very passionate entrepreneurs : , Zostel Hospitality was founded by a team of 7 young graduates in 2013-14. In two years since inception , it became one of India's most vibrant youth brands . They raised over $40 million in equity and were recently ( 2016) acquired by Oyo Rooms in a multi-million dollar deal. The company is based out of Delhi.

About Hari sir's contribution :
Entrepreneurship is a journey rather than the goal, and journeys are always remembered by the great people you meet along. Today morning, I was telling a budding entrepreneur about Hari sir's key role in the early steps of Zostel.
Being an entrepreneur is a lot about discovering yourself, realising your strengths, analysing your flaws and accepting who you are while working towards becoming a better yourself today. The brief conversations we had clearly highlighted his thought process towards life and motivated us, the amateur ones, towards working hard and realising our potential. The only thing I am sure about 'luck' is that it follows the hard worker more than the brave. Serendipitously meeting him and getting his helping hand over our shoulders along with kind blessings is what pushed zostel on its trajectory. A lot of things that we achieved would have been impossible without his support. I am indebted to him for that and hope that there will be a chance in future to work together as well. He has been a god father to Zostel. Thank you for everything.
Dharamveer Chauhan
Co Founder -

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