We are thrilled to welcome Nitin Sharma, a leading voice in India’s blockchain ecosystem and a highly experienced technology investor, to our advisory board!
Why we chose Nitin?
Nitin has been an active venture investor and advisor to high growth technology ventures in India as well as the US over the last 12 years, working with industry-leading names like Lightbox, NEA, EverFi and UBS. Moreover, he is deeply immersed in India’s emerging blockchain ecosystem as a founder of Incrypt (a new blockchain community and investment vehicle), as a thought leader and speaker, and as an advisor to startups and government initiatives in this space.
SpringRole being a growing technology venture in the blockchain space, can benefit immensely from Nitin’s experience and expertise. SpringRole’s industry focus and stage of growth also fits perfectly with Nitin’s prior extensive work with education companies, social networks and marketplaces.
More about Nitin Sharma
Nitin has been a Founding Principal at Lightbox, a $200M AUM early-stage consumer tech venture fund, that was spun out of Kleiner Perkins and Sherpalo’s India portfolios. At Lightbox, Nitin managed investments and observed on the boards of Droom, Melorra, Paymate and Zoomin. An an angel investor or growth advisor, Nitin also currently works with a portfolio of venture-backed startups (Fynd, StalkBuyLove, Credibase, Vyapar, Gramophone, Upekkha) and Axilor (India’s largest accelerator).
Earlier in his career, Nitin was a VC in the US at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the world’s largest venture fund, where he co-led NEA’s first edtech investment, and worked with world-class companies like OPOWER (acquired by Oracle), Millennial Media (IPO), EverFi, AddThis (acquired by Oracle), Gilt Groupe (acquired by Saks), Videology and ChannelAdvisor (IPO).
Nitin was also part of the early management team and Vice President for BD at EverFi, one of the largest education networks reaching 25 million students, with $250M raised. He began his career as a technology investment banker at UBS in San Francisco, where he advised clients like NewsCorp, NEC, Dell, Network18, 3PAR and Fotolog.
Nitin holds an MBA from The Wharton School, and two degrees from the University of Southern California. He serves on the India Advisory Boards for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, as well as TheBetterIndia, Asia’s largest positive media and social impact platform with a monthly audience of 30 million. In 2012, he was invited to join the prestigious Society of Kauffman Fellows for global leadership potential in venture investing.
Nitin on SpringRole
“Recruitment and verification are giant, broken markets that can naturally benefit from key facets of blockchain — reliability and immutability of the data, decentralisation and new ways of incentivising participants. Both credentials and attestations can mean so much more when cryptographically verified and backed by clever, weightage algorithms. That’s why SpringRole is solving a problem faced at some point by almost every company in the world.
The SpringRole team brings together solid technical depth in blockchain, years of real-world experience in the recruiting domain and a thoughtful product roadmap. I’m excited to be part of the journey.” — Nitin
Kartik on Nitin
“I think it’s going to be very fruitful to have Nitin on board as an advisor for SpringRole. Nitin has worked very closely with numerous successful tech entrepreneurs at the early or growth stages. Beyond just funding or fundraising, he has been deeply engaged with the operational aspects of scaling networks and marketplaces, especially in relevant domains like education.
We look forward to SpringRole benefiting from his insights and global network, as well as his passion for the disruptive potential of blockchain.” — Kartik
SpringRole is the first online reputation network powered by artificial intelligence and the blockchain technology. Our mission is simple: To make sure that people give endorsements which are truly valuable and meaningful and to help employers, from around the world, to find highly qualified people in their space based on their endorsements and reputation. You can read this article here to find a more in-depth explanation of what SpringRole can do.
Draft White paper: here