Rahul ChariCo-founder & CTO, PhonePe
Rahul is the Co-founder and CTO at PhonePe. He is a serial entrepreneur in the consumer internet space and has built PhonePe into one of India’s fastest-growing and largest fintech companies. He comes with over two decades of experience in the consumer internet and enterprise software space. He has strong experience in building world-class tech platforms for web-scale, continuously scaling systems to deal with hyper-growth, and evolving the processes and practices to meet the demands of a fast-growing organization.
His areas of expertise include digital payments & commerce platforms (Mobile payments, Fintech, Digital Media platforms, Websites/Mobile Apps, ECommerce Supply Chain Systems) and Embedded Systems (SAN Switching, Storage Virtualization, SAN-based RAID), Enterprise S/W Development (SAN-based Data Migration, Remote Replication, iSCSI, IP over FC, FC2-4 stack). Prior to PhonePe, Rahul was at Flipkart as Vice President of Engineering. He joined Flipkart in 2011 through the acquisition of Mallers Inc. He spearheaded the Supply Chain technology division at Flipkart. In his role, he was responsible for building the best-in-class supply chain management system for e-commerce covering order management, warehousing & transport management, and eCommerce fulfillment innovation to create value for customers at Flipkart.
Prior to Flipkart, Rahul co-founded Mallers, Inc. in 2009 and served as its Chief Technology Officer. He built MIME360, the flagship product of Mallers Inc, which was a platform for the management and distribution of digital content to various legal online streaming sites and apps. Prior to Mallers Inc, Rahul was with the Data Center Business Unit at Cisco Systems. At Cisco Systems, he was part of the team that developed the market-changing MDS 9000 family of SAN switches. He was leading a team working on advanced storage solutions for the SAN. He architected and executed the development of solutions such as SAN Based Data Migration and Extended SCSI Copy for the SAN. Rahul came into Cisco through the acquisition of Andiamo Systems, a Storage Area Network (SAN) switching and SAN-based storage services company. He is named on multiple Storage Virtualization-related patents and has been actively involved in storage technologies and standards such as SCSI, Fibre Channel, iSCSI and RAID.
Rahul holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, USA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Bombay (Mumbai) University, India (Gold Medallist).