Meet the Team Behind Zaxme

THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Daniel McQuade
Daniel McQuade
Founder – CEO/CDMO

A senior marketing & business development executive has founded companies that have been thought leaders and pioneers in developing change in old industries. Has created & executed full-scale consumer branding programs utilizing emerging social and digital technologies to drive success.

Daniel is also a director and teacher for the Columbia Business School’s “Venture for All®”, a global initiative whose mission is to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in emerging markets through education and mentorship, and also is a noted speaker/counselor for the CBS Small Business Development Center.

Bhargava Gorty
Bhargava Gorty
Founder - COO

Visionary, Technologist and Business Leader with over 21 years of diversified experience in leading highly complex, mission-critical projects and applications with 15 plus years of rich experience in enterprise applications.

Acknowledged as a leader with in-depth knowledge and experience of diverse enterprise applications development, delivery, portfolio management, strategic project management, strategy, architecture, governance, risk, compliance and IT service management.

Syed Yousuf
Syed Yousuf
Co-Founder - CTO

IT Executive with twenty years of progressively responsible work experience in Technology and IT Management fields at a Fortune 100 healthcare provider (HMO) and a large Ivy League higher education institution.

Well rounded Enterprise applications and technology management experience includes system implementations, upgrades, conversions and building and managing highly skilled teams.

An avid technology business enthusiast, Syed is currently helping to launch multinational technology startups in the retail and enterprise technology area in advisory roles as well as an investor.

Gagan Bandhu
Gagan Bandhu
Co-Founder – SVP / Engineering

A senior IT executive with over 17 years of experience has provided his services within the areas of  system development, solutions and systems integration to firms including Fidelity Investments, American Express and KPMG. A specialist in Microsoft Technologies, Mobile Implementation, Cloud Services, Gagan is a recognized expert with a focus towards Business Intelligence, Data and Analytics solutions, Visualization, Databases and Data Solutions and Open Sources Technologies.

Gagan also has vast experience in leading and managing large technical teams, technical managers and architects.

Dana Hariton
Dana Hariton
SVP / Talent Development

A talent development leader who designs impactful programs to build understanding of the company’s business strategy, technology and methodologies. She has exceptional interpersonal skills with ability to facilitate and translate corporate vision and strategy to all levels within the organization.

She thrives in dynamic technology environments (currently Sr. Manager Global Learning and Development
Lenovo US) and she helps technologists to fully grasp the business via collaborative learning to ensure that tech solutions are aligned with the user experience.

 

THE FUNCTIONAL TEAM

Hemanth Arige
Hemanth Arige
Lead Engineer

A versatile mobile app developer having 7 years rich in experience of designing, implementing, integrating, publishing, tracking app statistic and supporting impactful applications developed in a diverse, collaborative environments for mobile and tablet devices on multiple platforms.

He considers Project Management as the main motivator tool in ground-breaking projects to solve user issues, to learn from the feedback given by the team, and to narrate a compelling story once the project is ready to deliver.

Hemanth ensures to keep himself updated with the trends and where the current market is standing.

Rylee Frazier
Rylee Frazier
UI/UX Director

With a multicultural family and diverse professional background, Rylee has developed deep empathy –  which she channels into her craft of user centric design.

Her love of design was ignited with an internship at Nokia over 18 years ago, and she has since explored various avenues of user experience and design throughout the years. She brings a unique value and perspective to the team with her experience in design (product, agency and startups). She has a deep passion for building delightful and intuitive experiences that enhances the lives of users.

Beth Clarke
Beth Clarke
Digital Strategy

Having started a marketing career working with restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Beth Clarke has always had a passion for helping parallel a business’ online success with their offline success. “Unique businesses deserve unique strategies to succeed online… and I love coming up with ideas to match businesses’ vision and ambitions.

She enjoys the creative innovations behind providing marketing solutions to small and growth-stage businesses, and has worked with companies and non-profits across several industries, ranging from fashion and entertainment to legal and real estate.

Michael Piehl
Michael Piehl
Marketing Creative Director

Michael has over 25 years of experience in managing and producing commercials, trailers, and launches for ad agencies, networks and major corporations. He has worked on launches for Pepsi, AMC’s The Walking Dead, A&E’s Intervention, Hewlett Packard’s latest 3D printers, and Nickelodeon’s Music Stars.

Michael is also an Amazon Video Direct Star and a winner for his documentary Who Killed Jon Benet Ramsey? He has also edited a commercial for IFC that won a Promax Award and received the Best Documentary Award at the NY Independent Film & Video Festival with the Naudet Brothers.

SENIOR ADVISORS

Nimish Shah
Nimish Shah
Strategic Advisor

Nimish is a seasoned executive with a track record of over 20 years delivering complex business solutions across various technology platforms and business verticals. He is an innovative thought leader with pragmatic execution approach. 

Possessing exemplary leadership across enterprise wide application portfolios, Nimish has spearheaded global multi-million dollar projects. He is a recognized expert over technical solutions in the area of various ERP and CRM platforms, Cloud and Big Data Analytics, Master Data Management, ETL, data and service integration, advance analytics, diverse Infrastructure environments, networks, Security, e-Commerce solutions and web technologies.

Nimish is currently an AVP of Enterprise Application Platforms along with being a member of the IT faculty for Applied Analytics Program (SPS) at the Business School at Columbia University.

Jack McGourty Ph.D.
Jack McGourty Ph.D.
Business Advisor

Director of Community and Global Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School and a faculty member teaching courses in entrepreneurship, venture creation, and product innovation. Over the past 17 years, Jack has been an active member of the University’s entrepreneurial community, establishing an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship, teaching core and advanced courses in new venture creation & growth, and launching the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center. Jack is the driving force behind Venture for All® designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and build capacity for high potential startup ventures in emerging markets.

Ashish Braganza
Ashish Braganza
Business Intelligence Advisor

Global data analytics and business intelligence leader with 10 years of management experience in building and running high power analytics teams at fortune 500 organizations.

Area’s of expertise include Digital Analytics & Strategy, Audience Sciences & Management, Personalization & Optimization, Clustering & Segmentation, Developing Machine Learning Algos, Text Analytics, Data Visualization, Data Engineering & Architecture, ETL Development & DevOp.

Ashish is currently the Director of Global Business Intelligence at Lenovo.

Sudeep Verma
Sudeep Verma
Technology Advisor

With more than 25 years of experience as Strategist, Org. Leader, Entrepreneur, Technologist. He Co-Founded an IT company ‘AlmaMate’ with focus on Competency Development and Enterprise Application Consulting and Services. He has deep expertise in managing complete P&L of business units with 360 degree coverage. He worked with world class organizations by leading BFSI Orgs across the globe. His specialties include:

– Strategist, Technologist, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Developing Talent Force
– Managing P&L of business unit/ horizontal practices
– Managing Packaged Applications (ERP/CRM/PPM, FinnOne, FinnAxia)
– Digitization/ Automation of internal organizational processes
– Six Sigma Black Belt

Anees Merchant
Anees Merchant
Data Analytics Advisor

As a innovator with expertise, passion and vision, he has led his teams to continually challenge conventional, fragmented decision making and instead focus on helping companies meet the challenges of today with a transformative and holistic approach to produce true intelligence designed to drive data-driven decisions. Anees has played a key role in addressing analytics and digital interest groups  throughout the United States, India and other parts of the world. He was honored as an Analytics and Insights Leader  at the 2016 Big Data, Analytics & Insights.

Awards, and won Digital Marketing Professional of the Year  at the CMO Asia 2015 National Awards of Marketing Excellence.

 

Ashwini Suman
Ashwini Suman
Integration Advisor

Is the founder and Managing Director of Ascendia Technology Solutions, a Information technology services and consulting company with its primary focus on optimum customer delight and enhancing the ability of customers to serve their customers better.
Ascendia, led by Ashwini, is dedicated to helping customers from three (3) different continents with its strong capabilities in Data, Analytics, Cloud and Mobility.
Ascendia has become a leading name in the field of IT Service Industry by building a robust foundation of growth with individuals who work as a team with extraordinary business values, ethics and customer orientation.