Nickhil Jakatdar is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Vuclip, a global leader in the Video-on-Demand space, funded by Temasek, Foxconn and Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW). Prior to Vuclip, Nickhil founded and ran various start-ups, such as Timbre Technologies (acquired by Tokyo Electron), CommandCAD (acquired by Cadence Design Systems) and Praesagus (acquired by Cadence Design Systems).
He is also the founding member of the Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Pune, and is an investor and advisor to Campfire Labs (acquired by Groupon), flutter.io (acquired by Google), Bash Gaming (acquired by GSN), Shoptimize, PayActiv, Viewics (acquired by Roche), Jombay, Mezi (acquired by American Express) and Blend, among others.
He has been the recipient of many awards from various organizations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from College of Engineering, Pune, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Best Paper Award in Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, and the Berkeley Distinguished Pioneer Award. He has to his credit more than 20 conference papers and more than 60 issued patents.
Nickhil completed his Bachelors of Engineering (BE) in Electrical Engineering in 1995 from the College of Engineering. Pune and his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California – Berkeley in 2000.