Housing.com has announced the appointment of Vivek Jain as Chief Product & Technology Officer. As part of his role, he will focus on strengthening the product and engineering aspects of the business to help steer Housing.com towards its goal of becoming a full-service transaction player.
Jain is an industry veteran with over 14 years of experience in the technology and digital domains in India and the US. He started his career as an early member of Texas-based start-up Ashley Laurent. Within 3 months, he was promoted to be the Deputy Director/India Country Head and the company was later acquired by Cisco. Following this, he joined Motorola Mobility, a division of Google where he managed relationships with carriers in several developed and emerging markets to drive the product through conceptualization, definition, testing, optimization, certification and successful phases.
At Amazon Jain was the Bandwidth Product / Business Head for the cloud division (Amazon Web Services) where he helped define the value proposition, differentiation strategy, pricing and feature roadmap to create a sustainable competitive advantage for the company. While in the US, Jain was also associated with the US Department of Commerce where he reviewed business plans at Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to help assist President Obama and the Federal Government deliver on the promise of economic recovery (ARRA) through the $7.2 Billion Recovery Act's BTOP & Broadband Initiatives.
Jain returned to India in 2014 to join Jio (subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited) as Vice President where he was part of Chairman’s leadership team and was charged with building the company’s Digital Media business and the core leadership team. He has played a pivotal role in increasing the strength of the business unit from a handful of employees to on-boarding 200+. Following that and prior to joining Housing.com, he was the CEO of CA Media Digital (owned by The Chernin Group and private equity firm KKR) where his focus was to grow the company’s digital service portfolio and various consumer facing businesses in New Media.
Commenting on the appointment, Jason Kothari, Chief Executive Officer, Housing.com said, “Our goal is to become the most trusted and the leading end-to-end real estate transaction platform in the country, and robust product and technology innovation will be important for us to achieve that. Vivek comes with best-in-class product and technology leadership experience, global exposure and an entrepreneurial mind-set, which is a unique mix, and one that blends seamlessly with the thinking and culture at Housing.com. I believe Vivek's addition to our senior team will greatly benefit us in realizing our vision for the Company.”
“As technology continues to play an increasingly important role in our day-to-day lives, Housing.com has managed to bring the benefits of technology to the real-estate segment through path-breaking product innovations. As the company gears-up for the next phase of growth and transformation, product and engineering will define the contours of success, and with an immensely talented team, I believe Housing.com is well-poised to fulfil the potential,” said Jain.