Naya's founding team has built and sold multiple companies. We understand the challenges, both personal and professional, that are involved in creating successful enterprises. We have extensive deal sourcing and strategic partnering capability, and we actively work for our portfolio companies to tackle their most challenging issues.
Dayakar Puskoor is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Naya Ventures. Apart from his role at Naya Ventures, Dayakar is Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax. He is also a Board Member at Altia Systems, SnapOne and Zoomingo. He is a Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse. Previously, Dayakar owned the P&L for the Hosting & Mobility Solutions business at Microsoft. He was responsible for the incubation, development and management of new mobility solutions. He also led the $350M hosting business encompassing all product development, product management, marketing and business development. Prior to joining Microsoft, as Founder and CEO of JP Mobile, Dayakar pioneered the industry's first mobile software solutions company. He secured $55 million in financing and successfully completed its acquisition by Good Technology, later acquired by Motorola.
Dayakar began his career with Motorola. He owned the P&L for the Paging product, including all aspects of design, development and world-wide customer support. He received the Engineering Excellence Award from management at Nippon Motorola. Dayakar is an active supporter of entrepreneurs and startups. He has been involved with the Dallas chapter of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) since 1999 and is currently a charter member. Among other activities, he chaired the wireless/mobility SIG of TiE, and organized a wireless seminar in partnership with Nokia, TI and others. Dayakar is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University and earned a master's degree in computer science from Nova University.
Prabhakar Reddy is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Naya Ventures. Prabhakar also serves as the CEO at Motivity Labs and is a Board Director at GlobalOutlook. In addition to his Board observer roles at Kore.ai and DocSynk, he is involved with Business Development strategies for the Naya Ventures Fund Portfolio companies and works closely with the management teams. Prior to founding Naya, Prabhakar was a Partner at ANSR Consulting (an Accel Partners Company) in a business development role and also was an early investor and member of the founding team at Risesmart.com (Acquired by Randstad).
Prabhakar has also had leadership roles at SunGard, Navigant Consulting and other boutique management consulting organizations spanning the first 15 years of his career. Prabhakar received an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors in Engineering from Andhra University in India.
Manu Sharma is the Senior Associate at Naya Ventures. As part of his role, he is responsible for conducting due diligence on prospective companies, supporting the existing portfolio, and assisting in fund operations. Manu serves as a board observer for Kore.ai, Hyperverge, Docsynk, Appnique, and Global Outlook, amongst others. Prior to joining Naya, Manu worked as a management consultant at EY, where he was a part of the Financial Services Performance Improvement and Strategy group.
Manu received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, where he was a part of the University’s student led venture fund.