Smarten Spaces ropes in ex-Cisco India chief Dinesh Malkani as CEO

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on January 08, 2018 Published on October 03, 2017

Dinesh Malkani

Singapore firm also sets up development centre in Bengaluru

Former President of Cisco India and SAARC Dinesh Malkani is the founding partner and worldwide CEO of Smarten Spaces, a Singapore-headquartered company.

Smarten Spaces is an AI platform to help real estate companies and enterprises globally, digitise spaces and experiences that multiply performance and productivity. While the solution is conceptualised and designed in Singapore, the company also announced the establishment of its Experience Development Centre in Bengaluru.

As founder and CEO of Smarten Spaces, Dinesh will lead the pioneer team responsible for shaping the blueprint to design, define, develop and deploy the company’s strategy worldwide. He will also be a member of the Smarten Board.

Top talent

Malkani has also roped in industry stalwarts such as Aamer Azeemi, former MD of Cisco Consulting Services, a thought leader on Smart Cities and Smart Infrastructure to lead Enterprise Consulting and Strategy enablement; Krishanu Seal, former V-P of Engineering at Flipkart to lead Technology & Engineering and Prithvi Shergill, former head of HR and Facility Management at HCL Technologies to lead talent enablement and workplace experience design.

“Space design and management today is hungry for new ideas that will disrupt how people are using technology as they seek to shape new ways of working and making living more enjoyable. Efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and sustainability can today be multiplied by augmenting intelligence using IOT. By 2025, 75 per cent of the global workforce will comprise of millenials; enterprises will need platforms like Smarten Spaces to digitise their workspaces and provide a differentiated experience to their workforce from the time they enter the campus till they leave the campus by providing smart parking, access, cafeteria and other time management solutions. I am excited to translate the ideas we have into innovation and value and make the spaces and services we use in them future ready,” said Malkani.

Stating that he wants to take the company global, Malkani told BusinessLine that the company is targeting potential customers in ASEAN countries, the US, Australia and the West Asian (Dubai) markets to begin with.

Asked how much funding was raised for the start-up, Malkani said, “We have raised enough money from private investors that will last for the next 12-18 months, by which time our platform will be ready. However, the first version will be out in a few weeks.” The company is hiring and will have 50 people by November-end.

Published on October 03, 2017
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