Beerud Sheth is the cofounder and CEO of Gupshup, where he is responsible for the overall strategy, execution, and growth. Under his leadership, Gupshup has become the global leader in messaging and bots. Beerud also founded Elance, the world’s largest online services marketplace, where he played various leadership roles at different stages of the company’s growth, including product and business strategy, product management, and marketing and business development, and remains on the board of directors. Previously, he worked in the financial services industry, modeling, structuring, and trading fixed-income securities and derivatives at Merrill Lynch and Citicorp Securities. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and holds two technology patents. Beerud earned an MS in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his graduate research involved developing autonomous learning software agents for personalized news filtering, and a BTech in computer science from IIT Bombay, where he was awarded the Institute Silver Medal.
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