Knowlarity, the leading cloud communications company, has recently appointed Ajay Shrivastava, as its Chief Technology Officer. Ajay was formerly the Head of Technology at OYO Rooms. Shrivastava has been a technical leader in start-ups as well as established global leaders such as Intel, Adobe, Microsoft, Expedia, SlideShare, LinkedIn and OYO. Considered a veritable tech wizard, he specializes in high-performance execution of technology and will be bringing this prowess on board at Knowlarity to further bolster its tech infrastructure.
At OYO, Shrivastava spearheaded the seeding and growing of OYO’s technology and team from scratch. He headed technology for the company during the phase in which OYO grew exponentially from four to 200 cities, from a handful of hotels to 7000 plus hotels, and from few employees to 2,500 employees across the country. Having diverse experience in building brands from the ground up to working with some of the largest companies in the world, Shrivastava has an instinct for identifying which strategy to apply at what stage of a company, and how it should evolve with the growth of the venture.
Commenting on the appointment, Ambarish Gupta, CEO, Knowlarity said, “It gives us immense pleasure to welcome Ajay on board. He is one of the most dynamic and respected leaders in the Indian technological sphere. He will help Knowlarity to cement its leadership in Cloud Telephony industry. With his leadership, we will establish technology as the fulcrum of Knowlarity’s operations.”
The company is also launching a tech blog, http://engineering.knowlarity.com. The blog will feature expert opinions, insights, stories, and experiences from Knowlarity’s Engineering, Design, and Product teams. Shrivastava’s writings will be a great addition to this blog as these are already quire popular, and are read and followed by young professionals as well as industry veterans.
Expressing his happiness over the appointment, Shrivastava added, “It gives me great pleasure to join the thriving workspace of Knowlarity, which is doing seminal work in the cloud and business communications arena. I always enjoy working with fast-growing start-ups as it gives me ample opportunities as well as operational freedom to build awesome products, technology, and organizations. I hope to create something unique and disruptive together with the passionate team at Knowlarity.”
Knowlarity’s vision to help business grow with effective use of techonology has found an able commander in Shrivastava, who has been a thought leader and inventor of several engineering execution philosophies such as ‘Solver Teams’ and ‘Minimum Viable Technology’ (MVT). Shrivastava is a 2005 graduate from International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bangalore.