Geodesics Mundu man Kiran Kulkarni

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Watching TV on the mobile is the latest trend and thanks to Kiran Kulkarni’s Mundu tv app across all platforms which makes its easy to see live TV on mobile. Mundu is a creation of Geodesic Ltd. Whose managing director is a Belgaumite, Kiran Kulkarni.

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Kiran Kulkarni did his schooling from St.Paul’s high school (1978) and got his bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication (1984) from Gogte institute of Technology. His was the first batch to come out of GIT as engineers. Kiran was a badminton team member, General Secretary (sports) during college.

Co-founder and Managing Director of Geodesic Limited, Kiran Kulkarni has been at the helm of affairs since the company’s initial years. His futuristic vision has helped create a company that is unique in its ability to provide a diverse and vast range of solutions that meet the needs of individuals and enterprises. He has largely been responsible for Geodesic being the only Indian company to be ranked by Red Herring as one of the top 100 innovative companies in the world in 2006.

An Electronics and Communication engineer, Kiran has been part of the technology industry for over two decades. After a 12-year stint and a market capitalization of US$ 300 million (Rs.12000 million), Kiran retired from Aftek’s board as the co-founder/Director to pursue building an Indian brand having a global presence. Thus Geodesic was formed.

Having worked closely with the Research and Development (R&D) team to conceive great ideas and transform them into useful software solutions, he pioneered a low cost value communication and collaboration system for consumers and enterprises.

An expert in networking and web technologies, Kiran is the recipient of ‘The Indira Super Achiever Award’ – one that is aimed at recognizing professional talent that has made a difference. An active environmentalist, his interests are as diverse as the products of the company. They range from being passionate about agriculture to wanting to build robots. He’s also passionate about driving his battery-operated car!

Geodesic Ltd (formerly Geodesic Information Systems Ltd) was incorporated in 1999 by Pankaj Kumar, Kiran Kulkarni, Prashant Mulekar and Mahesh Murthy. A publicly traded company, Geodesic is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and its Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCB) is on the Singapore Stock Exchange. With twelve offices spread across the globe, four marketing partners and 525 employees, Geodesic earned revenues of US$ 133 million and a net profit of US$ 52 million during FY 2009. Geodesic’s first half of 2010 revenues stood at US$ 60 million with a net profit of US$ 24 million.

The company recorded consolidated revenue of 6.21 billion rupees in FY11, a growth of 23.3 percent from the previous year. Geodesic, which services the government segment with its product GeoAmida, expects to double revenue coming from this vertical in FY12 from about 1.5 billion rupees in the previous fiscal. GeoAmida is a biometric and smart-card enabled remote computing and transaction device, which can be deployed in areas such as public distribution, rural employment and e-governance projects.

Geodesic is also looking at launching a new product aimed at power distribution companies, which would help in generating electricity bills of an entire building or area at a single place and enable power companies to collect this with ease.

Geodesic’s real time content, communication and collaboration platform, in conjunction with a powerful Customer Alignment and Relationship management (CRM), works seamlessly across the web, desktops and mobile devices. The flexible and scalable platform addresses both the retail and the enterprise segment, and has been well received by the banking and financial services industry, portals and publishers, enterprises including SMEs, mobile device manufacturers, telecom operators and retail mobile users.

Geodesic’s Mundu suite of products includes solutions for Instant Messaging, Mobile Voice-over-IP and Internet Radio. Since its inception in 1999, the Mundu Interoperable Instant Messenger has been used by several hundred thousand users on the mobile phone and over 5 million users on the desktop. The company is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. Geodesic has offices in Mumbai and Bangalore in India, USA, Sweden, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Geodesic bought 96.35 percent of the equity shares of Chandamama, the renowned children’s story magazine, has been an iconic narrative publication that has been a favorite of many generations.

A proud recipient of several international awards including Deloitte Touche Tohomatsu Fast 50 and Fast 500 Asia Pacific for five consecutive years, Red Herring ‘Top World 100’ small cap technology companies in 2005, Geodesic has been featured in Forbes 200 ‘Best under a Billion-Asia Pacific’ for 2008 and 2009.

Geodesic’s Mundu IM and Mundu Radio have been adjudged as the one of the top 10 and top 12 mobile products by C|net and PC Magazine respectively, not to mention Mundu IM winning the best mobile internet service at GSM Asia for the year 2009.

 

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