Dinesh Wadhawan, former MD and CEO of Times Internet Ltd, has been appointed on the Board of RockeTalk, a San Diego, California based mobile application company. Wadhawan had facilitated RockeTalk’s content tie-up with Indiatimes last year during his stint at TIL. RockeTalk also has a pre-loading arrangement with LG’s handset manufacturing arm in India.
On his new role, Wadhawan said, “I have joined this company as a board member. I will focus my energies on the strategic direction of the company, which will cover product road map, user applications, partnerships and alliances with telcos, brands, and agencies and help draw on my past experience and relationships. I would also be helping them to scale the business and build the right team. After a successful launch in India, company will focus its energies to drive user adoption and engagement in Europe and America.”
A San Diego based VC firm called Mission Ventures had invited Wadhawan to join the company. Following his joining, Mission Venture, the largest shareholder, has put in additional capital in the organisation.
Wadhawan won’t be in an operating role in the company, but he is looking forward to mentor other companies in an advisory role. He also plans to set up his own start-up in the US sometime in the future. Sharing more on this, he said, “If I do a start-up, it would be in rich media as I have a deeper understanding and passion about it and there is genuine need for this to service the global media sector.”
Wadhawan had left India in June following his departure from Times Internet, where he had worked in the capacity of company’s MD & CEO for three and a half years. He joined RockeTalk in mid-July this year.
RockeTalk focuses on delivering a rich social (text, audio, and video) engagement and content discovery solutions on 400-plus handsets. With RockeTalk’s beta launch, the company has acquired 300,000 users and gaining over 2,000 daily user activations. RockeTalk is gaining serious momentum in B and C towns in the US, where users can communicate with their friends and communities in their own language by leveraging the RockeTalk rich social media platform.