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On October 9th, in Milpitas, CA, The Indians for Collective Action (ICA) honored Radha and Dipak Basu for their work developing IT and social entrepreneurship in India. The award recognized the Basus’ work with NetHope, Jhumki Basu Foundation, Anudip Foundation, and iMerit. Anshu Gupta, social entrepreneur and founder of Goonj and Adhik Kadam, co-founder and director of Borderless World Foundation also received accolades for their work. Indians for Collective Action […]

On October 9th, in Milpitas, CA, The Indians for Collective Action (ICA) honored Radha and Dipak Basu for their work developing IT and social entrepreneurship in India. The award recognized the Basus’ work with NetHope, Jhumki Basu Foundation, Anudip Foundation, and iMerit.

Anshu Gupta, social entrepreneur and founder of Goonj and Adhik Kadam, co-founder and director of Borderless World Foundation also received accolades for their work.

Indians for Collective Action was founded in 1968 by young Indian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area. ICA is dedicated to working towards a secure life for every Indian, in a sustainable environment and a just society.

Read more about the awards here.

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We are excited to announce the appointment of two new executive team members. Jeff Mills has been named Global Vice President of Sales and Jai Natarajan as Vice President of Technology and Marketing. Mills will be responsible for the company’s overall international sales strategy and expanding iMerit’s blue chip client base – which already includes Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and eBay. Natarajan will oversee technology strategy and marketing […]

We are excited to announce the appointment of two new executive team members. Jeff Mills has been named Global Vice President of Sales and Jai Natarajan as Vice President of Technology and Marketing. Mills will be responsible for the company’s overall international sales strategy and expanding iMerit’s blue chip client base – which already includes Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and eBay. Natarajan will oversee technology strategy and marketing direction as iMerit continues to evolve its offerings in the data domain.

“We are thrilled to have Jeff and Jai join our team and contribute their years of expertise in sales, technology, and marketing to help execute against our vision for continued growth and expansion into new markets,” said Radha Basu, iMerit CEO. “Our customers are traveling very fast at the frontier of data-driven intelligence, and we are gearing up the team to keep pace with their needs.”

Jeff Mills, SalesMills joins iMerit with over 15 years of experience in marketing, sales, and management. He most recently served as Chief Revenue and Operations Officer at 1-Page, where he closed dozens of large enterprise clients and served as a key member of the executive staff that took the company public on the ASX raising over $50M (A) for the company. Prior to 1-Page, Mills served as Chief Revenue Officer at Gengo and vice president of sales and partnerships at Criteo (now a publicly traded company with a $2.86B valuation). During his career, he has held several other key leadership roles at companies including Yahoo!, Sojern, SideStep (acquired by Kayak in late 2008), and Fixya.

Jai Natarajan, Technology & MarketingNatarajan comes to iMerit as an established business leader and creative technologist. He most recently was the founding CEO of Xentrix, Asia’s fastest growing animation studio creating television and theme park content for top global brands like Lego, Disney, Angry Birds, and Warner Brothers. Previously, Natarajan led marketing for creative education leader Maya Entertainment (acquired by Aptech in 2010). He began his career at visual effects giant Lucasfilm, followed by a stint with Sony Electronics where he built photo and video apps for the Sony Clie PDA in 2001. While at Sony, he also worked on field trials for rich media based augmented reality broadcast of NASCAR on the Playstation 2.

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iMerit was named one of the five startups tackling social problems in India. Take a peak at what Forbes India had to say below, and read the whole article here. Ask any Nasscom company if they’d hire an underprivileged person, the answer is likely to be “well, they don’t have engineering degrees” or even a college degree, she says. iMerit wants to prove that, given the right training, even these […]

iMerit was named one of the five startups tackling social problems in India. Take a peak at what Forbes India had to say below, and read the whole article here.

Ask any Nasscom company if they’d hire an underprivileged person, the answer is likely to be “well, they don’t have engineering degrees” or even a college degree, she says. iMerit wants to prove that, given the right training, even these young women, who aren’t fluent in English and have, at best, managed to clear class 12, do exceptionally well. “The vision is to see how we can create a model that taps into the massive digital transformation that is going on all over the world, and have these young people coming from very low-income households become part of that transformed economy.”

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As it grows at a rapid clip, India has been drawing global attention from tech companies large and small. In years past, eyes have been focused on Bangalore or Hyderabad; businesses have established outposts in Delhi or Mumbai. What of Kolkata? This piece by USA Today journalist Jon Swartz highlights the unique opportunities and challenges tech companies face in Kolkata, and shows how iMerit’s work in skill development and livelihood […]

As it grows at a rapid clip, India has been drawing global attention from tech companies large and small. In years past, eyes have been focused on Bangalore or Hyderabad; businesses have established outposts in Delhi or Mumbai. What of Kolkata?

This piece by USA Today journalist Jon Swartz highlights the unique opportunities and challenges tech companies face in Kolkata, and shows how iMerit’s work in skill development and livelihood creation fits into the big picture of tech and entrepreneurship around the world.

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The effects the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs) have had and can continue to have on the world are undoubtedly huge. A decade ago, a diverse group of stakeholders came together at the UN Conference, “World Summit on the Information Society” (WSIS) to discuss just how Internet and ICTs could change our world. This year, the WSIS met again to consider the deep and wide impact ICT can […]

The effects the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs) have had and can continue to have on the world are undoubtedly huge. A decade ago, a diverse group of stakeholders came together at the UN Conference, “World Summit on the Information Society” (WSIS) to discuss just how Internet and ICTs could change our world. This year, the WSIS met again to consider the deep and wide impact ICT can have for development. Opinions of governments, businesses, civil society, engineers and more were brought together to explore how ICTs and the Internet can catalyze improvement in global diversity and equality, socioeconomic development, disaster preparedness and response, environmental stewardship, and more.

However, there are big barriers to future progress. Digital divides persist along many axes, despite coordinated efforts to remedy them.

One axis of this digital divide is that of gender. The ITU states that for every five men in tech jobs, there is only one woman. The technology ministries of ITU member states are only ten percent women; these countries’ regulatory authorities are only seven percent women. In developing countries, sixteen percent fewer women than men use the internet. The difference is explained by access – both physical and cultural – by education, and by skill training.

Work to address this digital divide continues.

In 2014, UN Women and the ITU teamed up to create the Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology Awards (GEM-Tech) to recognize work done around the world to increase women’s access to and participation in ICTs. iMerit was honored with the 2014 award for Women’s Economic Empowerment for our work changing the lives of young women through tech training and stable tech employment.

Earlier this week, the GEM-Tech awards were presented alongside WSIS+10 discussions and events focused on eliminating the digital gender divide. 2015 Awardees include CCDKM in Thailand, Technovation based in the US, and the Senegal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. These organizations are changing the way women engage with the Internet and ICTs, empowering them with the tools to participate in, build, and power the digital economy.

Conversations at the GEM-Tech and WSIS+10 events in New York emphasized the need for action now, and the need to address the digital gender divide from many angles. It is clear that involving development agencies, NGOs and private sector companies is necessary to disrupt the gender divide. Attendees, including Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman at Mozilla, and Minerva Tantoco, CTO of New York City, emphasized a huge need for training women in technology skills and coding all around the world. They also spoke about a need for an attitudinal shift that reverses the narrative about tech being a male-dominated world, and even delved into the need for tech skill training to extend into rural communities globally.

At iMerit, we were excited to see this global resonance and focus on incorporating women in digital jobs, decision making, and leadership. We seconded the need to include the private sector, and harness the huge potential for socioeconomic growth they present to marginalized communities globally. The conversations we had at the GEM-Tech Awards and WSIS+10 side events confirmed the need for the work we’re doing and continued to inspire us.

Only by dismantling the digital divide can we unleash the power of ICTs and the Internet to promote positive global change.

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