Karl Mehta is an extraordinary gentleman with many feathers on his cap. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor, engineer, author and civil servant with over 20 years of experience in founding, building and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets.
He is currently the founder & CEO of EdCast Inc., which is a social knowledge network that powers social, mobile and cloud-based learning for world-class institutions, enterprises, governments and non-profits. Apart from being the Venture Partner at Menlo Ventures, he is also the founder of Code For India – a Silicon Valley-based tech-driven non-profit organisation. Its mission is to inspire millions of techies to volunteer their time and talent to give back to their communities and to the developing world. He is also on the board of several non-profit organisations that strive to impact education worldwide.
Previously, he founded a company called PlaySpan Inc., which was acquired by Visa in March 2011, for about $240 Mn. Karl also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, selected by the Obama Administration during the inaugural 2012-13 term. He was also appointed by California’s Governor Jerry Brown to the Workforce Investment Board of the State of California.
Karl has impacted the tech world immensely with his companies, but more than that, it’s his passion to give back and bring about a change in the world, that’s commendable. From the streets of Bombay, to the halls of White House, the journey of Karl Mehta is awe-inspiring. We caught up with him to understand this journey, his dreams and passion to impact over a billion lives. In this candid conversation, he talks about his all these aspects and much more.
Here are the edited excerpts:
Inc42: Tell us about your journey from the University of Bombay to Mountain View, California.