Digital enthusiasts. Creative minds. Technology geeks. Internet Rule-breakers. Mavericks in IoT. Believers in Digital. Mobile freaks. Researchers & Data Analyzers. Disrupters. These are the minds that form our arsenal - that passionately brush imaginations on digital canvas.
Harish is the Founder & CEO of Smile, a leading consumer internet and media platform based out of India, particularly focused on the APAC markets.
He embarked on his entrepreneurial journey as a bulletproof carmaker and went on to instituting a digital media company which he sold to WPP later. Some of his notable undertakings and market first initiatives include playing the role of an international lead at AirBnB, co-pioneering the largest Indian digital media group, Smile Vun Group and establishing India’s largest flash and ethnic wear company, FashionandYou. In the year 2009, Harish was accredited with the Udyog Rattan and was also awarded the Best Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.
Founded in 1999, today Smile is creating India’s largest consumer & media platform via the build, invest & partner route. The groups flagship ventures include:
Harish loves travelling, exploring new destinations and is a true food connoisseur at heart! He is in complete admiration of the bustling startup space and enjoys mentoring budding entrepreneurs and founders.
Sahil has been legal counsel to the Smile family for 5 years, having moved from rich law firm experience at Amarchand Mangaldas and Phoenix Legal. He heads Legal at Smile and leads legal transactions of the Group while advising its companies and their verticals on routine legal aspects of their business, and ensuring compliance throughput at each company’s level.
In his time at Smile, he has overseen and spearheaded the incubation, early and late stage funding of multiple digital consumer start-ups and supported each of the many ventures on a plethora of legal aspects. He has also lent excellent support to the group’s traditional media buying businesses and has been integral to the horizontal and vertical growth of these businesses through his counselling.
Sahil is an avid photographer, singer and an all-round outdoors man
Ankur has over 15 years of experience in consulting in the consumer internet and digital media space. He’s done his time with Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young and most recently with McKinsey & Co. leading their Global Private Equity Centre of Competence.
Ankur has successfully led fund raises, mergers, acquisitions, both domestic and cross border from sub million to multi-billion dollar values. At Smile, he is responsible for driving strategic initiatives (including transactions) and strengthening the operating finance functions at portfolio companies. This is coupled with providing strategic guidance to the portfolio companies at an operating level given his experience in working with a vast majority of consumer technology businesses in India.
Ankur loves to spend time with his wife and two boys, Neil and Ryan. As is a must have qualification for the Smile Group, Ankur is also a keen foodie and loves travelling!!
Manish Vij, is the Founder & CEO of SVG (Smile Vun Group). He is a veteran of the digital media industry and has over 12 years of experience in the internet domain.
Manish has founded leading internet companies in areas of digital marketing and e-commerce with international joint ventures and leading venture capital firms. Manish’s entrepreneurial ventures include:
Manish, an MBA in marketing is not only a pioneer in the internet marketing space but also one of the youngest dotcom entrepreneurs. Manish has represented the Indian digital industry in various domestic and international industry forums, events and seminars.
Anurag Gupta, MD India, SVG Media has over 20 years of experience across diverse industries – FMCG, Office Automation, Stock Broking, Media & Internet.
He has been in the Internet space for over 10 years. Currently he is handling the India business for SVG Media that has leading brands like DGM, Tyroo and SeventyNine
Prior to this he concluded an MBO of DGM India along with SVG Media. Anurag has led the charge in scaling up DGM India to be one of India’s largest online performance marketing companies in India.
Anurag has also been associated with one of India’s largest Internet entity – Indiatimes.com for 4 years where he was instrumental in creating and heading the Subscriptions business.