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Sumedh Jigjinni

Entrepreneur • Advisor Orange County, California Area, US

Director of Product, LoanNow. Previously: Product/UX @ Kiwi/Cisco/DIRECTV. Prior startup as solo founder (design/dev/biz). Love SaaS/FinTech

Director of Product, LoanNow. Previously: Product/UX @ Kiwi/Cisco/DIRECTV. Prior startup as solo founder (design/dev/biz). Love SaaS/FinTech

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Data Science
  • Growth
  • Operations
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Data Science
  • • Growth
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In


Sugam, Inc.


The Conversion Doctor Sugam, Inc. January 2014 - present
Founder, CEO Catalist August 2013 - March 2015
Director of Product Management Optima Tax Relief May 2016 - present
Director of Product LoanNow March 2016 - May 2016
Product Manager LoanNow April 2015 - March 2016
CEO & Founder Sugam, Inc. January 2014 - March 2015
Product Consultant Self-Employed January 2012 - December 2013
Product Kiwi, Inc. November 2012 - July 2013
Product Intern Lexity (formerly Vurve) May 2011 - August 2011
UX Designer DIRECTV October 2008 - May 2010
Beta Testing Program Manager Cisco-Linksys August 2007 - September 2008
Software Development Contractor Websense March 2007 - July 2007
Undergraduate Researcher Calit2 & Interactive Cognition Lab, UCSD June 2006 - September 2006
Project Management Intern Suddenly Smart April 2006 - June 2006
Marketing Intern Corporate Services Group, Oppenheimer & Co. June 2005 - September 2005
Production Intern Gemstar TV Guide Int. June 2005 - September 2005
Undergraduate Researcher Interactive Cognition Lab, UCSD April 2005 - June 2005


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, & Marketing 2010 - 2012
University of California, San Diego Cognitive Science (Human Computer Interaction emphasis) 2003 - 2007

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Recruiting
  • • B2B sales
  • • Business Development
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Games
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Project management • Product management • Online advertising • Social Media • User Interface Design

Key Accomplishments

Business: Seminfinalist in BEST business plan competition. Just myself on the team handling product, customer, and business development for an idea around group purchasing (what Crowdtilt is today). Created pitch deck, presented, and received verbal offer for funding from an angel.

Product: Launched new products from idea to launch in the advertising, mobile gaming, and SaaS industries. Know what it takes to get the resources and manage them to successful completion.

Design: Launched multiple product designs on all different screens (TV/mobile/PC/). Involved in industrial design for hardware products with physical buttons & GUIs built into hardware products such as routers, network storage devices, and networked music players (Cisco). Also led full design process for 3D TVs, Guide for Hotels & Institutions, & Channel Menu including customer insights via ethnography, wireframing, pitching C-level suite, and working with engineering/market research to ensure product is launched and iterated (DIRECTV).

Development: Fully built out Catalist after picking up Rails in Jan '14. Nuff said.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I like to work very closely with cofounders. There needs to be a shared vision for the product, even if one individual is doing product management and another is handling development. This is accomplished with close communication among founders as well as exposure to actual customer feedback whether in-person or via data. I expect all cofounders, including myself, to take initiative and be fully independent in all aspects of the startup, even areas we are not comfortable in. We should all work outside our comfort zone and push to learn/do whatever is necessary to move forward.

As an Advisor

As an advisor, I would like to work closely with the founders and ensure I can provide high value. Often this can take the form of mentorship, connections, and general feedback on the product in its current iteration as well as roadmap. Feel free to take a look at my past work to see how I can immediately help.

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Tanmaye Bhardwaj
They're my school  •  Senior Consultant, Infosys Consulting, Inc.. Previously Finance Intern, Xilinx. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
I first met Sumedh during our time together as MBA students at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. His analytical and creativ ... e skills, combined with his strong sense of commitment and engaging personality, are what made him a natural leader and a pleasure to work with. In addition to these qualities, I am impressed by the vision and determination with which he approaches his professional endeavors; his product design background and passion for aesthetics and user experience will undoubtedly lead him to great things as an entrepreneur, and I wish him all the luck in the world.
Brian Han
We worked together  •  Manager, User Acquisition & Growth, Kiwi, Inc.. Previously Senior Consultant, Enterprise Risk, Deloitte & Touche.
Sumedh is an extremely talented, intelligent, capable and high-performing individual who is primed to be successful in any role or capacity ... he chooses to position himself. His keen ability to identify issues, effectively diagnose and successfully solve them is clearly evident in his track record and speaks to his high level of performance. He approaches everything with a very inventive and creative mindset and couples it with analytical frameworks that enable his team to make well-informed decisions to lay the groundwork for successful product development and strategy implementation. He is very insightful and intuitive, which isn't a quantitative metric but absolutely necessary when working on new products in the start up space. Overall, Sumedh is an absolute pleasure to work with on both a personal and professional level and he is a key component to any organization he becomes apart of.
JD Moore
They're my school  •  Senior UX Consultant, Moorefficient UX Consulting. Previously User Research Consultant, LBi. University of California, San Diego grad.
Sumedh has a special vision and perspective that must allow him to see things not everyone else does. Coupled with his tempered nature and c ... ool head, it makes Sumedh capable of following through on strategic intent.
David Chien
We worked together  •  Vice President of Product Development, Aniden Interactive and Owner, NAKEDGREMLIN!. Rice grad.
Sumedh is highly adaptive and focused individual. He is able to bring clarity to chaos and has a steadfast personality that is unflappable. ... His diverse skillsets range from UX to UI to business to management. And he uses all those skills effectively in everything he does.