Tushar was formerly CEO of Simplikate, a Phunware acquisition. He is a 25 year veteran of technology based business solutions. He is fascinated with identifying brilliance through simplicity which has lead his career focus toward merging efficient well tuned Intellectual Property and Companies together to create a sum that exceeds its parts. In the 90s, Tushar founded a web company out of his spare bedroom to build Nokia’s first ever website and launch several other Fortune 5000 company’s first web presence. Through clever and rapid M&A, he merged with other small web shops into USWeb as the de facto standard for corporations to consume all their web needs through a single organization culminating in an IPO that valued the group at over $1billion within 2 years.
His next venture, Simplikate created B to B mobile solutions in 2002 before “Apps” were Apps on a Palm Zire 71. Eventually those solutions evolved with the advent of the iPhone into a mobile platform that launched the very first Smartphone Apps for the leading Malls, Airports and Luxury Hi Rises worldwide.
Alan, Phunware’s CEO, met Tushar as they pursued the same customer and after just one meeting between the two, they realized they both shared the same philosophy of finding partners who know how to say “Yes” ( saying “No” is easy ), so Phunware acquired Simplikate and closed in a record 6 weeks end to end.
Tushar’s role at Phunware is to replicate this M&A success by evaluating and acquiring successful, entrepreneurial companies with proven multi year recurring revenue models that exponentially add fuel to Phunware’s comet trail toward touching every connected device worldwide in a meaningful way through its MaaS, engageME™ and brandME™ platforms and to establish strategic licensing of Phunware’s extensive home grown patent portfolio.
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