In Ancient Greece, the Muses were invoked by artists to serve as sources of inspiration for their work. Indeed, inspiration is what fuels our actions and provides a sense of purpose. TED as a society believes passionately in the power of an individual and her ideas to change the world. TEDxIITRoorkee2017: Mustering Muses aims to unleash our untapped potential and seeks to summon the very source of inspiration from within each of us.
Meet the core team for TEDxSPIT 2020.
India’s digital content spearhead and the brain behind Xbox 360 in India, Anshu Mor is the quintessential corporate turned comedian. Mor recently left corporate life to pursue his dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. A lot of folks do that! Except they don't do it in their 40s and don't quit a job as head of Xbox to do it! Mor is also the Founder and CEO of Talking Mime, an 'Entertainment and Storytelling' Company focused on Original & Branded Digital Content Creation, Comedy Scriptwriting, Stand Up Comedy, Brand Consulting and Corporate Training (Art of Storytelling). Being an essential cog in the Microsoft wheel for 11 years, Anshu spearheaded the launch of Kinect for 360 and Xbox one in India.
A serial entrepreneur and author for over 15 years, Kashyap Deorah is a man of versatile talents. Splitting his time between Silicon Valley and India, he has built the legacy of four companies that have gone on to become very successful. Being used to the nits and grits of the entrepreneurial game, he has also penned “The Golden tap: the inside story of hyper funded Indian startups”, providing a first-person account of Deorah's journey as an entrepreneur. Having started his first company Righthalf.com during his final year at IIT Bombay, is really a testament to his acute mind.With Righthalf’s successful acquisition, Deorah founded Chalo, a payments app which was acquired by OpenTable in 2013. Prior to that he founded Chaupaati, a phone commerce marketplace, sold to Future Group in 2010. He served Future Bazaar as president for over two years, which is just another feather in his stellar cap. Kashyap Deorah also the founder of his fourth startup, hyper Track, which has created software for tracking products or people across the globe.
Soumitra Bhat is a designer, entrepreneur and educator. He directs India's only postgraduate program teaching design-led innovation at Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI), an understanding of the multiple demands placed on today's designers, and a smattering of creative businesses all supposedly enabled by design discipline. He also leads India's first design-led startup accelerator at ISDI in partnership with Microsoft Ventures. A designer at heart, Soumitra believes in having designers as founders of multibillion-dollar companies, citing the gradual takeover of Silicon Valley by designers, striving in an effort to make this happen sooner.
Model, Architect, Classical Dancer and Social worker, Sushruthi Krishna is really the woman extraordinaire. She was crowned the 1st runner up of FBB Femina Miss India 2016 contest. Though an architect by heart, Sushruthi has created something evocative out of beauty pageants. Her dream project Anatta, aptly titled Beauty titled Beauty with a purpose, an endeavor to empower girl child by creating healthy education environment has garnered universal acclaim. Sushruthi’s contagious enthusiasm, unique perspective and unrelenting pursuit for universal girl child education just go on to show her multifaceted genius.
Vivek Agnihotri is an Avant-Garde Indian film producer, director, music producer and screenwriter. With a portfolio spawning a plethora of conventional and experimental genres, Agnihotri is touted as one of the bests in Indian Cinema. He is known for his unconventional techniques of filmmaking, which makes his creations stand out in the crowd of populist Bollywood movies. Vivek is credited to direct India's first mainstream football film (Dhana Dhan Goal) at a time when not many producers were investing in sports films in Bollywood. One of his most ambitious projects, “Buddha in a Traffic Jam” garnered universal acclaim from critics and viewers alike. The movie was an official entry in various international film festivals and grabbed Agnihotri a lifetime achievement for excellence in cinema.