Rishi Malhotra is co-founder and CEO of Saavn, India’s leading music streaming service. As CEO, Rishi has led the company through significant and rapid user growth, while helping to secure partnerships with companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, Shazam, T-Mobile, and Sonos. He is focused on driving the global Saavn team to deliver award-winning mobile products, big data systems for media, and industry-defining business innovation. Saavn is on path to become one of the largest streaming music companies in the world by 2017. Rishi has led the team in raising more than $125MM in funding from leading institutional investors, including Tiger Global Management, Bertelsmann India Investments, Liberty Media, Steadview Capital, Mousse Partners, Quilvest, and others.
Previously, Rishi was VP, HBO On Demand and Multi-Platform for Home Box Office, Inc., where he pioneered HBO’s SVOD products, digital distribution, and original VOD content for many HBO franchises, including Big Love, The Wire, and HBO Sports. Rishi’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, and Forbes. He’s been a speaker at Goldman Sachs Internet Conference, MIDEM, CES, Digital Hollywood, and served as chairman of The Future TV Conference in 2009. Rishi graduated from Washington University and currently splits his time between New York City and Mumbai.
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