future of funding for things that matter
I am an entrepreneur with an infectious passion for whatever I do. Currently, founder at Crowdera, bilding a giving economy, I want to infect this world with my belief that says 'abundance starts with giving'. Crowdera is my current startup and I believe it stands a chance of being a dominant leader in social good crowdfunding space, with it's unique spin on free platform.
While still in college, I started a company in my home town (Nagpur, India) selling computer hardware and software in 1999 and successfully managed business for 6 years as a reseller for several computer and telecom giants including HPCompaq, Intel, Microsoft, Zenith, HCL and Reliance. I was also awarded for excellence in channel sales as a DSA selling CDMA phone and networking products for Reliance Infocomm Ltd. My clientele included Government organizations, several industries in local industrial zone and small businesses. During my 6 years as an entrepreneur I also had a stint with few other business that include 1. managing facilities seating more than 150 staff providing scanning and data conversion services for more than a year in 2003. 2. being sales and technology partner for ERP solution Providers 2002-2004. Exposure to ERP and new technologies created urge in me to move to a bigger city (Hyderabad, India) to take up bigger challenges in corporate world and thus I joined Thrinaina Informatics Limited taking care of Sales for CRM and Digitization services.
1. Consulting with ACS, I managed/lead business process mapping and process re-engineering projects for three separate divisions at City of Memphis, TN including Radio Communications, GIS and PMO Office. 2. At Pearson, I was key team member for strategy & planning team + managing product for overall Reference site for flagship product PearsonAccess. 3. At Thrinaina, I was responsible for revenue generation and execution of projects on Digital Archiving and Record management, CRM and ERP deployment. I was deputed as consultant to Government organizations preparing RFP for Digitization & Record Management Services (deploying infrastructure, selecting digitization vendor and monitoring the project till completion).
A Sales Leader at Ness managing multiple Strategic Accounts, and Business Development/Sales activities. Built a portfolio of over XX Mil+ strategically managing fortune 100 accounts from Silicon Valley, enhancing Ness branding & revenue. Product portfolio included managed projects/services in software product engineering and professional services space.
I had been investing time, network, money, ideas, experience and design capabilities in paradigm changes and the great people who can make them happen. NoPay is an initiative to help people collaborate to form/grow their startups from scratch. It's kind of an assembly line for startups. NoPay is all set to change the way startup acceleration works!
Built an education focussed fundraising platform to bring sustainability in lives of underprivileged people. During these three years we experimented with multiple business models, helped several individuals change their lives, formed great teams, made lifetime friends and most importantly learnt a lot. We also acquired another education crowdfunding company called Umojawa in 2014, eventually merging the initiatives for a greater good. Our platform allowed users to raise money for educational purposes benefiting underprivileged people from US & India. Our product started as a peer to peer lending evolving to be a rewards based platform.
SmartWe is a management and technology consulting company, a services organization with heart of a startup and brain of an enterprise. SmartWe has also forayed into commercial video and motion picture production.
Delivering guest lectures and workshops about Social Enterprises, Crowdfunding, Co-Working, Extreme Bootstrapping at multiple business school and events @Hult International School of Business, San Francisco @Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University @Indian Institute of Management, Nagpur @Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur and multiple private startup events. @Lemon School of Entrepreneurship
Crowdera, Inc. is a free crowdfunding platform that supports social impact and innovation serving individuals, non-profit organizations and social innovators. Crowdera complements organizations’ existing fundraising and volunteering activities by offering a user-friendly platform to create visually compelling, viral fundraising campaigns that raise awareness and funding for an individual or organization’s needs and dreams. We supplement our platform with tools and knowledge about how to leverage crowds for things that matter to them. Our passion for community building and inspiring social change helps transform the organizations we support well beyond traditional fundraising. As a “boots on the ground” organization, Crowdera actively supports its project owners to create movements to seed changes they find important in their world. With Crowdera, every crowdfunding project, large or small, provides an opportunity to more effectively meet financial goals, and to motivate higher levels of participation and commitment.
Chet Jain is now on Crowdfunder.