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Management Team

Jagannathan Balaji, Founder, President and CEO
Jagannathan Balaji an Electrical engineer, is a serial entrepreneur and one of the Directors of RiverSilica Technologies PVT LTD., Balaji previously founded PURPLE VISION Technologies PVT LTD., out of Bangalore, India in the year 2000 and sold it twice over- firstly to TES Electronic solutions in 2005 and again engineered another sale of one of the spin-offs to MindTree in 2007. Balaji grew Purple Vision Technologies with an initial VC fund from CITI Ventures. He started off with 5 Engineers and eventually grew it to 350 Engineers. Purple Vision Technologies was engaged in Silicon IP and Silicon design services with its IP and turnkey services mainly focusing on verification and image processing areas. While the company was sold in 2007, it had 200 VLSI Engineers and 100 System design engineers.

Essaki Muthu, Chief Scientist
Essaki Muthu, a Masters in Electronics Engineering and Gold Medallist from Manipal Institute of Technology and also at the cusp of receiving his PhD in Video Compression drives the research function of RiverSilica. It has been his team’s Algorithm that has formed the basis of the product PIXFIX and his inventions of RAFT™, HELM™, SAND™ algorithms helped the product to achieve highest performance at the lowest cost. He also was responsible for owning the university associations for joint analysis of algorithmic invention from RiverSilica. His passion has always been Mathematical approach to video compression and colour processing techniques and his goal is to conduct world class research that will help product superiority. Before starting RiverSilica, Muthu was the head of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, MVJ college of Engineering, VTU University, Karnataka and he has 15 years of work experience in teaching.

Jagadish Kamath, Head of Video Engineering
Jagadish Kamath, an Elecrical and Electronics Engineer from NIT-Surathkal, is a Video Engineering specialist and understands the nuances of compressed video formats that drive today's market consumption. He is the nucleus behind the product development function of PIXFIX™ and takes the research inputs and delivers the product to the customer in the required form. It is under him the complete Video team works and his ambition has been a product that India could deliver to the global market. Jagish has 5 years of hard core video compression experiance and before joining RiverSilica, he was part of the development team of ITTIAM, Bangalore that specializes in VIDEO CODEC IP development. Between Jagadish and Muthu, RiverSilica would be filing 10 patents.

Satoshi Moriya, Japan Managing Director
Moriya-san, is a 33 year experienced veteran in High Technology industry in Japan. Started his career in TOSHIBA in the 80s, has held various positions in strategic alliances and marketing group and has served in both Japan and USA during his past tenure. Post which he ran the PHILIPS-TriMedia IP group as its JAPAN MD, and was successful in creating the market segment for PHILIP’s flagship VIDEO IP PROCESSOR core. Moriya-san has been representing Purple Vision Technologies, India in JAPAN for the past decade before its acquisition. Moriya-san was the key sales relationship person for Purple Vision Japan and was responsible for generating nearly 35% of the global revenue that was accounted for. Moriya-san with his strong credentials in the Video technology market in Japan, runs the RiverSilica operations in Japan.

Shiv Balakrishnan, USA Co - Founder and Product Evangelist
Shiv Balakrishnan, has 33 years of prior experience, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT. Kanpur and did his graduate study at the University of Florida and Purdue University. He has developed world class electronic systems like the TDS 500 Digitizing Oscilloscopes from Tektronix, Sun Ray 1 Thin Client from Sun Microsystems and many others. Shiv is named co-inventor on fundamental patents in Wireless “Converged Phones” and Test & Measurement Instruments. He recruited and managed the first Applications team for Philips TriMedia, including a software development team in Bangalore in 1996. He has a deep understanding of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) hardware and software and its applications to video, audio graphics and communications, and has published widely in the industry. Most recently his writings can be found at and Shiv has been a key contributor in many start-ups in Silicon Valley including Pellucid/Media Vision, HelloBrain and Mobility Semiconductors. Shiv co-founded and manages RiverSilica’s USA office and helps in pre-sales and service initiatives of its product line PIXFIX™.

Jaishankar Jayaramakrishnan, Head - Business development
Jaishankar Jayaramakrishnan is an MCA with over 18 years of experience in product companies in India and US. Jai started his career in software development, design and architecture before moving to Business Development roles for Internet Security and Telecom products, and co-founded a mobile startup. In his previous role, Jai was responsible for selling NMSWorks, OSS product to the European Telcos. He currently handles Business Development and Sales in RiverSilica.

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