Hari’s impact on the growth of the start-up ecosystem in India is impressive. The first four startups where he played a key role in shaping their growth saw successful exits - Daksh was acquired by IBM; Virtusa went public on NASDAQ; Amba Research was acquired by Moody’s; and TaxiForSure was acquired by Ola. He is currently a mentor at accelerators like Techstars, Silicon Road and NUMA, and an advisor to Arkam Ventures, an early stage VC fund, and Fundamentum,which is a growth stage VC fund set up by Nandan Nilekani and Sanjeev Aggarwal.
Hari was previously at Tata Steel for 14 years. The first 11 years were spent in engineering on the shop floor, procurement, and corporate planning. The last three years were as CHRO helping restructure the company to cope with post-liberalisation challenges.
He is a prolific author and has authored two books so far, and two more are scheduled for a December 2020 release – “From Pony to Unicorn – Scaling a Startup Sustainably”, and “Sailing in a Storm – Making a Crisis Work for You”.