Beerud Sheth

Beerud Sheth CEO Webaroo, Co-Founder Gupshup; Founder, Elance

Beerud Sheth  CEO and Co-Founder Gupshup,  Founder, Elance  (merged with Odesk, now Upwork – a $1.5 B company)

Beerud is a serial Entrepreneur and investor who likes creating and investing in innovative products that engage millions of users.His current company Gupshup is the world’s leading platform for cloud messaging and conversational experiences. It is used by over 30K+ developers and handles over 4.5 billion messages per month.

He previously founded and led Elance (now Upwork, a publicly listed company), the pioneer of online freelancing and the gig economy.Prior to founding Elance, he worked in the financial services industry – modeling, structuring, and trading fixed income securities and derivatives at Merrill Lynch and Citicorp Securities.

Mr. Sheth holds an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India, where he was awarded the Institute Silver Medal.  His graduate research, at the MIT Media Lab, involved developing autonomous learning agents for personalized news filtering.

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