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Chaminda Wijetilleke

Entrepreneur • Advisor Washington D.C. Metro Area, US

Principal, Sherpalo Ventures and Advisor, GeoPay, Inc.. Kellogg grad.

Principal, Sherpalo Ventures and Advisor, GeoPay, Inc.. Kellogg grad.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising

Involved In

Founder

Streetmarch

Advisor

GeoPay, Inc.
GeoPay, Inc.

Positions

COO EquityEats December 2014 - present
Cofounder Streetmarch August 2013 - present
Advisor GeoPay, Inc. January 2011 - present
Principal Sherpalo Ventures August 2012 - August 2013
President and CEO Anonymizer May 2010 - May 2012
Vice President-Consumer Anomymizer May 2010 - May 2011
Director:Office of the CEO AOL June 2008 - May 2010
Director-Strategy and Operations AOL March 2007 - June 2009
Director-International Strategy and Operations AOL March 2006 - March 2007
Director of Corporate Strategy and Operations AOL November 2002 - March 2006
Program Manager, Advanced Services AOL May 2001 - November 2002
Program Manager, Integrity Assurance AOL November 1999 - May 2001
Account Executive, Member Services AOL March 1998 - November 1999

Education

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management MBA 2007 - 2009
American University International Relations
London School of Economics and Political Science International Political Economy
St Edwards

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Events
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Social Impact
  • • Video
  • • Social Media
  • • Anything where Technology and Development (like uplifiting poverty) intersect

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Competition • Business Strategy • Startups • Strategic Partnerships • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

I have been in a variety of roles throughout my career (Product, Strategy, BD and VC), but what has always been the most compelling was the ability to build something. I have had that opportunity on a couple of occasions and they were the most interesting and rewarding for me. Of particular significance was: 1) developing and leading the launch of AOL India 2) Co-Founding an effort to build a Pediatric Ward in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami 3) Moving to India and being a VC--I know I wasnt building, but I was able to get operationally involved with our portfolio and now 4 ) Co-founding a social media site focused on bands make more money---forgive the ambiguity we are in Stealth Mode.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

(1) I have experience scaling products from blank paper to launch. (2) I have experience at big and small companies (3) I have a great deal of Strategy and BD experience (4) I am committed---I just quit being a VC in India to move back to the United States and focus on this startup full time.

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Darren Feeley
We worked together at AOL
I have worked with Chaminda at both large and small organizations. Once he believes in a product or service, he not only pours his heart in ... to it. He understands how to move it along, and see everyday progress, defining what needs are necessary at that moment in time and along a strategic path. His market knowledge, coupled with the speed and agility in which he can apply his expertise makes him a great entrepreneur. With saying all of this, I believe Chaminda's greatest asset is that he understands people and talent. He surrounds himself with smart people, and knows how to treat people and motivate people. He is a likable leader, which will translate to him being able to run any start-up company in any industry.
John Bracken
We worked together at AOL
Chaminda has the perfect combination of hard work, intelligence and real-world experience as an entrepreneur and investor. In addition he ... is a great person to work with as he has a down to earth manner that is a joy to work with and allows him to thrive in a team environment.
Gautam Dey
We worked together
Chaminda is a great entrepreneur as he understands market fit. He looks at the products and figures out what the market for it is, the size ... and scope of the customer base, and how to obtain those customers. He has the passion and drive to take hold of a new market and understand it fully, through preparation, and perspiration. He understands the limits of people and how to inspire them.
Prateek Alsi
We worked together at AOL
Chaminda is a great leader and good leaders make terrific entreprenurs
John KL Borthwick
We worked together at AOL
Great work experience with him
Prasad
They're my school
Chaminda brings a great level of energy to any initiative he is involved in; passionate about the work he does, extremely adept team player, ... and has a deep sense of value proposition to the customers and partners. He is one of the few thought leaders in digital media, consumerism and technology enabled marketplace I would always reach out for advise and consultation
Keith
We worked together
He has an excellent perspective on how to make a company competitive and also understands how to work with talented teams. I'd say his best ... ability is bringing out the best in others, even during times of stress.
Micah
We worked together
I worked closely with Chaminda when I was running global business development and strategy at AOL and again when in my capacity as a consult ... ant when Chaminda was President of a company (Anonymizer). Chaminda is smart, hardworking, charismatic and personable, honest, a team player, respected and highly regarded by peers and colleagues, thoughtful and efficient in his approach to problem-solving, modest, has a great sense of humor, and is both analytical and willing-and-able to "think outside of the box." More more than a decade, I have worked with many successful entrepreneurs (and have also seen and worked with many who were not so successful). I feel certain based upon this experience that Chaminda has the talents, aptitudes(s), and work-ethic to succeed as an entrepreneur. I would be happy to provide additional info if that would be helpful.
Jennifer Consalvo
We worked together
Chaminda is a super smart, creative and adventurous person who truly understands the tech landscape as well as consumer trends. He has a gr ... eat combination of professional experience and innate enthusiasm & passion, coupled with his forward thinking abilities, which will make him a great startup founder.
Henry
They're my current cofounder
Chaminda is incredibly driven, intelligent, and knows how to take calculated risks in order to advance a project or new venture. When tackl ... ing a problem, Chaminda is cerebral, poised, and maintains a cool disposition, which allows him to effectively and objectively sift through all of the noise and data in order to focus on most important matters and action items to advance a project. Moreover, Chaminda is highly-respected and savvy professional with extensive networks and resources. Always a team player, Chaminda knows how to work with people and different personalities and to leverage resources in order to overcome obstacles and to get the job done.
Chandni Sahgal
Managing Director, Dessence Hospitality Advisory Services Pvt Limited and Managing Consultant, Dessence Consulting.
Chaminda is a great Venture Fund Manager....

Mat Mathews
We worked together  •  Director, Ntrepid Corporation. Previously Director, Abraxas Corporation. Emory grad.
I think Mat's command of analytics and his ability to both practically apply and communicate its uses makes him a powerful leader in any org ... anization, but especially in startups

Nishan Kottahachchi
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder and General Counsel, Throwdown. Previously Senior Associate, Cooley LLP.
Great understanding of Business needs and how Legal can help those objectives