In this month’s episode of Arka Talks, we are celebrating Women History Month featuring Sonal Puri (CEO, Webscale) & Usha Amin (Co-founding Partner, SAHA fund) in a panel moderated by Dhanasree Molugu (Arka Alum & MBA Associate at Menlo Ventures) to hear inspiring stories of women from the frontlines of being in Tech & VC. Arka Talks is our monthly fireside chat where we feature founders, operators, VCs and corporates discussing enterprise trends in the cross-border space and explore ways to build and scale a successful cross-border startup.
Sonal Puri serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Webscale, from pre-product to recently closing $26M in growth financing. Prior to Webscale, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at Aryaka Networks and led sales, marketing and alliances for the pioneer in SaaS for global enterprise networks from pre-product to Series D. Sonal has more than 20 years of experience with internet infrastructure, across four startups, in sales, marketing, corporate and business development and channels. Previously, Sonal headed corporate strategy for the Application Acceleration business unit, and the Western US Corporate Development team at Akamai, working on partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Sonal also ran global business operations and alliances from pre-product to Series C and exit, as well as the acquisition process for Speedera (AKAM). She has held additional key management roles in sales, marketing and IT at Inktomi, CAS and Euclid.Usha has co-founded SAHA Asset Advisor – First Venture Capital Fund registered with SEBI to Empower women entrepreneurship in Technology. Invested in 11 companies, seven active, mentoring them to excel in their sectors, scaled successfully, created employment and growth opportunities in the ecosystem and impacted gender parity. The companies have focussed not only on growing their business but also on women’s welfare by implementing policies that make it favourable for them to continue work despite domestic challenges, especially during the current situation.