Dinesh Wadhawan, former CEO of Times Internet Ltd (Indiatimes) confirmed to MediaNama today that he has joined the board of RockeTalk, a San Diego, California based mobile application company. RockeTalk has a presence in India, a content tie-up with Wadhawan’s former company Indiatimes, as well as a pre-loading arrangement with handset manufacturer LG for India.
Wadhawan said that his mandate will be to help the company launch India initiatives, and then global initiatives, for driving adoption from a consumer, brand, agency as well as telecom operator relationship standpoint.
He will offer strategic and operational guidance – develop a strategic product roadmap and also help the company build a team in India. According to him, RockeTalk has already acquired 300,000 customers, and 2000 active registrations a day in India.
Additionally, Wadhawan said his plans are to assist other such technology, funded companies, and also start his own venture.
Wadhawan’s Startup Plans
“The startup will take time” Wadhawan said, but his interest lies at the crossroads of Social Media and Mobile. From his discussions in the (Silicon) Valley over the last eight weeks, he has learned of an increasing interest in the mobile space, as the next wave.
But won’t that be in conflict with RockeTalk? Wadhawan said that the startup will be on the technology side, and he will ensure that his startup does not conflict with his position as a board member at RockeTalk. And, there are non-compete agreements in place.