Sunit Gala - CEO
Sunit Gala is the founder and CEO of Blisstering Solutions, an open source mobile, cloud and web development company. Apart from a technology focus on Drupal and Appcelerator Titanium platforms, Blisstering also developed the cloud-based m2Serve mobile development development platform to visually build mobile apps.
Most recently, he was VP of Product Development at CareSeek, a Web 2.0 start-up in the Healthcare space. Prior to that he was at Oracle responsible for Pre-sales Enablement and Solutioning for all Business Intelligence product lines in the North American Sales organization, a $100 million business. Sunit has held technical and management positions at Oracle, Sybase, SAS Institute and UniSQL. More details about him can be found at: Sunit Gala - Linkedin
Sunit has published over 20 academic articles on object-relational, distributed and semantic database systems with about 1000 citations. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and BE (Instrumentation) from BITS Pilani, India.
Saumil Chheda - CTO
A Silicon Valley executive with hands-on and management experience in building high volume, scalable systems. Saumil managed the Services group at Apptera, a leading Voice Advertising Network. He also architected and implemented key portions of Apptera’s flagship product, Voice AdPlayer, that served around 100 million calls a year for customers like AOL Moviefone, Fandango, MovieTickets.com, Bank of America, J.B.Hunt, Nascar, NFL and many more. He has held engineering management and product management roles at Airnex Communications and NextFocus.
As the CTO at Blisstering Solutions, Saumil is responsible for the products and services that help CXOs increase revenue and decrease costs by delivering solutions at the convergence of Mobile, Voice, Web and Social Media using an open source transactional framework resulting in expanded markets and compressed development times.
Saumil holds a M.S. in Software Engineering and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering. More details about him can be found at: Saumil Chheda - Linkedin
Mike Ritonia- Director of Business Development
Mike is an experienced Executive who has been the customer of numerous software development projects throughout his career. Most recently he was President and CEO of two software start-up companies, Global High Performance Solutions and Airscendant Systems. During his tenure at GHPS the company launched a SaaS performance improvement system and Airscendant built a prototype SaaS, iPad based mobile application targeted at the airline industry.
Previously Mike founded his own management consultancy, was Vice President Global Call Center Operations at AOL, Director of Customer Service and Process Re-engineering Manager at Ceridian, a Human Resources and Payroll services Company. Mike believes his experience as the customer of numerous software development efforts provides him with unique insights and empathy for business customers of technology development efforts.
As Director of Business Development at Blisstering Solutions Mike is responsible for identifying and opening new channels of distribution as well as engaging direct customers that require technology based solutions to meet their business needs.
Mike earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of St.Thomas in St Paul MN. He is also a former Marine Infantry Officer.
James Sakamoto-Director of Creative
My strongest virtue is the ability to listen and interpret ideas. That combined with the love of design and technology, I’ve had the privilege of creating communication materials promoting different aspects—print or web—of the B2B and B2C environments.
As a Bay Area native and educated at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, I’ve worked in the industry for over 20+ years at small, award-winning graphic design firms helping companies with their business needs. Understanding that businesses are unique, I’ve always enjoyed learning about different products or services and developing great relationships with good people.More details about him can be found at: James Sakamoto - Linkedin
Being a valued partner. Sometimes you just need to rollup your sleeves and jump in. My successes are attributed to managing all aspects of the design process—identifying key stake holders; project kick-off meetings to concept, execution and delivery; schedule and budget management; staff and vendor management—doing that for multiple projects and different clients, gives me a unique perspective and understanding.
Who else am I? Avid hiker, biker, food lover and chef who loves traveling and meeting people. Also one who enjoys sports (go Giants, Niners and Warriors!) great wine and great conversation with family and friends.
Gauri has over 13 years of experience delivering web and mobile applications across various industries. Her focus is project management and client relations across various time zones: North America, Europe, Asia. She has managed projects for startups as well as Fortune 500 enterprises.