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Janak Sanariya

Advisor Greater Boston Area, US

Adjunct Professor, Media Ventures Program, Boston University and Director, East Coast Operations, RentJuice Corp.. Tufts grad.

Adjunct Professor, Media Ventures Program, Boston University and Director, East Coast Operations, RentJuice Corp.. Tufts grad.

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Kahoots Software

Advisor

SocialSeam
RocketBoard
@ Various Startups
@ Various Startups

Positions

Adjunct Professor, Media Ventures Program Boston University 2012 - present
Advisor @ Various Startups 2006 - present
Director, East Coast Operations RentJuice Corp. 2011 - 2015
Founder and CEO Kahoots Software 2006 - 2011
Director, Product Research Target Analysis Group 2003 - 2005
Senior Software Developer Target Analysis Group 2003 - 2003
Software Developer Target Analysis Group 1997 - 2003

Education

Tufts University Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics 1997 - 2001
Boston Latin School 1992 - 1997

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Local
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Social Impact
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce

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Joel G. Kinney
We worked together  •  Founder, Fort Point Legal. Previously Mentor, MassChallenge.
Janak has a deep technical background and great hands on experience in starting and successfully exiting companies. He is thoughtful, thorou ... gh and a pleasure to work with.
Amar Ruparelia
They're my advisor: @ Various Startups  •  Realtor, Comm. Ave. Associates. Previously Loan Analyst, Leader Bank.
I was referred to Janak regarding my start up in the real estate space due to his in depth knowledge of entrepreneurship, business developme ... nt, and real estate. I can confidentially say that Janak has provided me some of the best advice I have received so far and he is very responsive as well as readily available to meet. He shows a great passion for entrepreneurship and is very easy to talk with. It is hard to find someone who has great skills in IT and business but Janak demonstrates both qualities very well. I highly recommend Janak to be a member of founder dating.
Joe Lemay
They're my mentor  •  CEO, Rocketboard. Previously Strategic Account Executive, salesforce.com. Cornell grad.
I met Janak when we demoed Rocketboard at a big event. Of all the people I met that day, Janak really stood out. In a few minutes, he hon ... ed into the very pricing issues I was struggling with at the time, and lent some sage advice that come from his own experience. I knew I wanted to talk to him more. Since then I've met regularly with Janak and always time well spent. He challenges us to focus on the key issues and shares thoughtful insights of his own. Founders who are fortunate enough to get Janak's time should be prepared to discuss their current challenges. Chances are, Janak has dealt with the same fundamental problems and has perspective and tactics that can help get you unstuck.
Kyle Giddens
We worked together  •  Passionate about life and cool ideas. Mba and innovator. I like big scalable ideas that are disruptive. Currently CEO at Trendi Guru :)
I saw Janak's profile on FounderDating and reached out to him. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a fantastic experience! I ended up ha ... ving a great talk with Janak both about life and our business. I liked that he had a grasp of theory but much of his advice was very practical. He likes to talk about similar problems that he's faced in the past and how he's dealt with them. That was much more useful to me than purely theoretical advice. Afterwards, my co-founder and I were talking about how he really seemed to "get" our business and how he was a pleasure to talk with. Our talk was filled with good advice and lots of laughter. I'm looking forward to having a long relationship with Janak and I think others would be lucky to have a talented man like him on their side.
Misha Britan
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Virtual Vizzit. Previously Account Manager and Business Development, Qbix Inc.. NYU grad.
I was introduced to Janak through a friend who recommended highly that I speak with him as an essential step forward in my business planning ... . I think that Janak's comments, while painful at the time saved me months of futile work. Janak had valuable experience in real estate and technology which not only helped him find holes in my model but also to suggest actionable steps forward. For instance, how to go about validating my guesses and how to get prospective clients to take a listen. On a personal level, I found Janak extremely approachable, conversational and most importantly, actually caring... He generously spent nearly 2 hours with me over lunch, going over not only my unsure business plan, but also general entrepreneurial principals. I would definitely recommend reaching out to Janak even here in FD and asking your pressing questions outright.

Joel G. Kinney
We worked together  •  Founder, Fort Point Legal. Previously Mentor, MassChallenge.
Sometimes when you hire a specialist, you'll notice that they have a hard time communicating with you effectively. They either have a hard t ... ime explaining complex issues in their field or they have a hard time understanding the various business issues your facing. This was not the case with Joel. I really valued his down to earth explanations of the legal issues we were facing. Joel was also able to understand the business context surrounding those issues and recommend the appropriate legal strategy. I also found Joel to be trustworthy. It was clear that he placed his clients interests above his own, a rarity in this day and age. If you're in need of legal counsel, I would highly recommend Joel

Amar Ruparelia
They're my advisor  •  Realtor, Comm. Ave. Associates. Previously Loan Analyst, Leader Bank.
Amar has a vision for a product the he believes the market needs and wants. To that end, he's put in an enormous amount of time and energy t ... o bringing his product vision to fruition. He has done the market research, made the necessary connections, designed and developed the MVP for his product. I think Amar has a real shot at making his vision a reality

Kyle Giddens
Passionate about life and cool ideas. Mba and innovator. I like big scalable ideas that are disruptive. Currently CEO at Trendi Guru :)
Often, when I meet young entrepreneurs I find that they are making a product that will be hard to sell. Kyle was one of the rare exceptions. ... His idea is awesome and he has many possible revenue streams to pursue. I'm forward to watching him grow and succeed. He is also a pleasure to work with; bright, optimistic and full of good cheer!

Misha Britan
They're my advisor  •  Co-Founder, Virtual Vizzit. Previously Account Manager and Business Development, Qbix Inc.. NYU grad.
I am acquainted with Misha in an informal advisory role for his venture, Virtual Vizzit. We held several conversations about his vision, the ... business landscape, and funding options. Misha is smart, out going, determined and naturally curious. I think that Misha will contribute to and benefit from the FD ecosystem, his ambition and personality are certainly a great fit.