“Primarily to inspire us on our path to success by fostering customer relationships and build products that will drive the future”
Ashish is the President & CEO of Forgeahead, a company that he started 18 years ago. Forgeahead works with entrepreneurs, startups and R&D departments in the software products industry to help them during the product development lifecycle, making sure it is delivered as SaaS or technology-enabled services on mobile and cloud platforms, with the goal of helping companies to focus on customer development.
In his career before Forgeahead, Ashish was a manager with pcOrder.com where he led an initiative to improve processes for data collection and quality for the internet startup. During his four years with Trilogy Software, Ashish worked in several roles in consulting and product development organizations where he invented a rules-based engine and registered two patents.
He assists startups on their long term architecture planning and service delivery, and also serves as an Advisory Board Member at Wizbots.
Ashish has an MS in computer science from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from University of Pune, India.
Ashwin is the Chief Operating Officer of Forgeahead. He ensures smooth execution of technical deliveries for the projects with a focus on improving software development processes, methodology and quality of service for clients.
Ashwin has 19 years of experience in managing and simultaneously delivering multiple onsite-offshore engagements with start-ups as well as large multinational organizations. At DSL Software Limited (a JV between HCL Technologies Ltd and Deutsche Bank), he worked closely with the bank to develop their investment banking applications. At Tech Mahindra Limited, Ashwin was instrumental in managing large development programs with multi-vendor teams in the telecom space.
Ashwin has an engineering degree in Computer Science from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune and an MBA from University of Pune, India.
At Forgeahead, Devesh is responsible for the overall functions of the finance, administration and legal departments, bringing to the table strong knowledge of statutory and commercial activities gained over 14 years of experience in the IT and construction industries.
Devesh is active in various industry associations and has served the Software Exporters’ Association of Pune (SEAP) in various roles—as a member of the Executive Committee from 2003 to 2008, Secretary in 2005 and Vice President in 2008. He has also served the Computer Society of India, Pune branch as a member of the Managing Committee in 2007. Devesh is currently the Chairman of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Pune branch.
Devesh has represented the Pune IT industry in the internal advisory and grievance committees of Central Excise, Service Tax and Customs departments respectively.
Devesh holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce as well as a master’s degree in Computer Management and a post graduate diploma in Finance Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management.
At Forgeahead, Zohair is responsible for delivery of projects and ensuring operational excellence.
Zohair has 14 years of experience in the software industry, and has led all the phases of diverse technology projects using Agile planning and waterfall methodologies. In addition, he ensures business growth by improving operational systems, processes and policies through a unique fusion of innovative vision and efficient technical execution.
Zohair, who is a Certified Scrum Master, holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Power from Nagpur University and a diploma in Advanced Computing.