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Hansmeet Sethi

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Raised and returned tens of millions of dollars through founding, leading and exiting 3 technology companies. Current - Board/COO Neighborly

Raised and returned tens of millions of dollars through founding, leading and exiting 3 technology companies. Current - Board/COO Neighborly

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4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Product
  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Mobile Engineering
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering

Involved In

Founder

Onskreen Inc.
RedFlame Software

Advisor

Rover Labs
Momentum Venture Partners - Fund & Accelerator

Positions

COO & Member of Board of Directors Neighborly November 2014 - present
Product & Strategy Consultant Various Companies October 2014 - present
Mentor Momentum Venture Partners - Fund & Accelerator May 2013 - December 2014
Entrepreneur in Residence 500 Startups June 2014 - November 2014
Founder & CEO Onskreen Inc. January 2005 - January 2013
Senior Director, Strategic Development Motorola September 2003 - September 2004
VP Strategic Development 4thpass Inc. January 2001 - September 2003
Co-Founder, CEO RedFlame Software January 1999 - December 2000
Software Developer Trilogy January 1998 - January 1999
Equity Derivative Trading Associate UBS May 1997 - September 1997

Education

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Computer Science 1993 - 1997

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Marketing
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Financial Services
  • • Mobile
  • • Travel

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Mobile • Software • Android • Telecommunications • User Experience Design

Key Accomplishments

I'm a serial entrepreneur who has experience in various types of funding situations (vc, angel, bootstrapped) and outcomes (2 companies acquired, 1 profitable and running and some that failed). Since the start of the year, I've been working on starting something new and looking to meet like minded folks to partner with. My last company was a solo founder expedition, while the previous 2 had multiple co-founders. My preference is very strongly on having co-founders and I'm looking to expand my network and meet the right folks to make that happen from the start.

Most recently, I started Onskreen. We provided products focused on mobile UX. Long before the iPhone, we were were focused on making mobile phone interfaces elegant and enjoyable. Primarily we worked with large enterprises (operators, OEMs, etc...) to differentiate their devices via UX. Onskreen was bootstrapped, became profitable after a couple of years and has been since.

Prior to that, I helped to launch and run 4thpass, which created the concept of a mobile app store and licensed the platform to telecom operators around the world. We were acquired by Motorola and I worked there for a short stint before starting Onskreen. This was one of the first mobile + cloud products created and powered the first ever downloads of an app to a phone outside of Japan.

I was a CS major and worked as a developer out of college. I am writing code for prototypes these days and plan to as long as I have to get something off the ground, but will move out of a technical role as things get rolling.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Experience in founding, getting off the ground, building and running technology companies. I've been around the block to know many of the pitfalls, but still learning constantly. I've made good things happen in all types of situations - cold calling, to being a hot startup that everybody wants to partner with and sorting through the noise to figure out how to build the business.

Functionally:
- I wear a bunch of hats in the early days, and as things progress prefer to focus on bd and product strategy
- I have a strong technical background across a number of different technologies and levels of the stack. Generalist.
- I have taken multiple products and businesses from idea to reality. Less talk, more doing...

As an Advisor

I find that concrete needs help deliver the most value as an advisor. A few ways this has worked well in the past:

- Product Strategy - Specific problems in how your product is not supporting your business or vice versa. Working with your team to identify and resolve these issues
- Business Strategy - Go to market, specific deals/partnerships. Evaluating plans for where the company needs to get go, where it is and then what needs to happen to get there.
- Leadership - I've been around the block as a leader of various size and types of organizations, so can advise on some of the pitfalls I have seen to help not repeat mistakes

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Vouches Received

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Think Hansmeet is awesome?
Vouch for them.

Manish Goyal
We worked together
Tremendous experience, proven track record, customers like him and trust him, deep technology expertise.
Darren G. Austin
We worked together at Motorola
Hansmeet IS a great entrepreneur. His track record speaks for itself - founded his own technology company, built a cross-functional team fr ... om scratch and ultimately led it to profitability without any outside investment. He has also joined existing startups and helped drive them to a successful exit. One of his strongest entrepreneurial assets is his personality. Hansmeet is a no-bullshit guy; extremely easy to work with and fun to be around. He's a shrewd negotiator and a asset to any partner or founding team.
david eraker
They're my friends  •  Co-founder Surefield. Microsoft Research consultant. Founder, Mindsite. Founder Redfin.
Hansmeet is a multi-faceted business executive with experience operating within venture backed companies at scale as well as successfully st ... arting, growing, and profiting from his own start-ups over the years. He is a master of the world of enterprise-grade software and both business and consumers facing wireless offerings. While bringing a lot of technical firepower to bear on his own, Hansmeet is the perfect compliment to a strong technical co-founder looking to leverage a robust and low risk multiple on their development efforts.
david eraker
They're my friends  •  Co-founder Surefield. Microsoft Research consultant. Founder, Mindsite. Founder Redfin.
He's done it multiple times

Hoyt Prisock
They're my friends  •  Previously Founder and CEO, Encounter Technologies (acq by Ancestry.com,) TalkPoint (acq by CCBN ) Product, BizDev and Acquisition guy
Hoyt is an experienced entrepreneur who grasps the big picture of what it takes to make a business work, as well as the day to day nuances t ... hat a startup founder must navigate to make it happen. It is easy to churn out startup cliches about how to build a company, but much harder to dig deeper to get to the reality of how to make things happen. Hoyt can help you make it happen.

Vineet Rajosi Sharma
We worked together  •  Director, Android Platform Management, Zynga and Member, Polo Player, Menlo Polo Club.
Vineet was a part of the birth of applications on mobile phones and has been involved in every facet since then - Operators, OEMs, OS provid ... ers, distribution, marketing, go-to market. He is a go to resource for all things mobile, understanding the technology, ecosystem and business of mobile from the inside out.

Vineet Rajosi Sharma
We worked together  •  Director, Android Platform Management, Zynga and Member, Polo Player, Menlo Polo Club.
Vineet has literally seen and been a part of every step of the evolution of apps on mobile phones. Operator infrastructure, OEM distribution ... , go to market strategies, marketing, the China ecosystem, OS app stores - you name it, he has done it. His depth of understanding of the ecosystem, the players, products, marketing strategies and technology is unmatched. You would be well served in hearing what he has to say about your mobile business.

Jason Devitt
They're my friends  •  Serial entrepreneur currently working on a new idea in computer vision.
You rarely meet folks with the qualities Jason has, which explains his continued success. The combination of seeing the bigger picture of ma ... rkets and change, while understanding the tactics of breaking into those markets and building a business is a rare thing. I highly recommend spending time to connect with him.

Vikram Kashyap
They're my friends  •  Experienced entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Previously Founder & CEO, Canopy Financial (Aetna). Harvard grad.
Few people have the breadth and depth of experience that Vik has in the startup world. He has probably been there, done that in most startup ... scenarios, and merges that experience with a thoughtful, analytic approach to problem solving. He would be a real asset to any venture.