Santosh Panda is an entrepreneur with over two decades of experience. With a shoestring budget, he built a successful business & brand Explara, serving thousands of customers across the globe.
Santosh bootstrapped Explara as the first Do-It-Yourself Event Registration Platform in India and grew the business to $1m gross payments volume in the first 24 months. Subsequently, he secured 3 rounds of funding for the business from Angels and VCs from India, Singapore, and USA. He led the company to expand globally, achieve growth and reach operating-profit. In FY19, Explara’s gross payments volume reached ~$11M and ~$250K in gross ARR.
Before starting up a business, Santosh had 10+ years of extensive experience in software architecture, design, product development and system integration, both early-stage and FTSE 100 companies in the UK, USA, Finland, and India. He worked with eBay UK to lead a product team to develop minimum-viable-products and successful extensions using eBay APIs for UK & EU markets. He was part of the BBC Broadcast iPlayer product development during its maiden launch in 2007. He was a lead product engineer to develop Spoke Enterprise Referral Management, one of the earliest Social Networking enterprise tools to leverage professional contacts to generate referral sales leads. Spoke was launched in 2002, around the same time as LinkedIn.
Santosh also has done tech consulting in the UK for Vodafone, Allianz Cornhill Insurance, VOCA, William Hill, and TouchNote.
Santosh is appreciated in his network as a resourceful person, having an ownership mindset and trustworthiness. He is passionate to support people in finding the right jobs/opportunities, and every company that he worked for will vouch for his passion and network to bring quality people to work.
Santosh has an undergraduate degree in Industrial & Production Engineering (from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar), Post-grad Diploma in Advanced Computing (from CDAC, Bangalore), and MBA (part-time) (from Alliance Manchester Business School).
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