Mr. Chakrapani “Chaks” Appalabattula

Mr. Chakrapani “Chaks” Appalabattula

Founder & CEO, Bloomz

Founder and CEO of Bloomz - the mobile and web app transforming teacher-parent, school-parent and parent-parent communication in today's social and mobile world. In its short existence, Bloomz has reached over one million users in over twenty-six thousand schools and 79 countries.

Prior to Bloomz, Chaks worked as VP of Strategic Partnerships at GlobalScholar where he had P&L responsibility. He joined in 2007 as a founding product management leader and identified the business opportunity in the B2B space. He led GlobalScholar’s vision to building a comprehensive learning platform to serve the end-to-end needs of educational institutions.

Before joining, he was Vice President of Consulting and Product Planning at AskMe Corporation, where he was instrumental in the development of the initial consumer business model and later drove successful implementations of knowledge management technology and services to Fortune 500 customers that included Intel, Boeing, Timken, Bureau of Census, Dept of Commerce, and Coke. During his tenure at AskMe, he held a variety of roles in areas as diverse as product planning, program management, development, consulting, and sales.

Prior to AskMe, he worked at Microsoft where he was responsible for shipping Microsoft Word 2000 and Publisher 2002 to South Asian and Middle East markets.

Chaks holds a Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering and was a gold medalist from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India.

Specialties: A start-up all-rounder in IT industry with skills in Product Definition, Product Management, Consultative Selling, Target Market Segmentation, Sales Strategy, Channel management, Knowledge Management Consulting, Project Management, Account Management, IT Outsourcing, .NET Technology