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Industry Moves: Line and Snapdeal


Damandeep Singh Soni and Rajat Gupta, the India business head and user acquisition head of Line, the Japan based Online messaging and calling app have quit the company, reports ET. The report states that both are starting their own company in the mobile content consumption space, which is presently bootstrapped but looking to raise Series A funding. They will roll out their first product by the end of this month.

In January last year, Line had appointed Soni as its Head of India Business Development, where he was to focus on developing partnerships and unique offerings for the Indian market. Before Line, Soni co-founded Percept Knorigin where he worked for almost 3 years, before which he founded ConceptGears, where he worked for almost 4 years. Before founding these companies, Soni worked with Infosys as the business development head of telecom, media and entertainment for the UK, Ireland and West Europe. He’s also worked with Nokia and Infosys as an area sales manager and consultant and team lead for 6 months and 5 years respectively.

rajat gupta

Rajat Gupta worked as Line’s user acquisition head for a year, before which he was the business head of the mobile ad network at Percept Knorigin for a year. Prior to that, he co-founded and was the director at BestDaam for a year, before that he worked as the head of sales and alliance of Mojostreet for a year. Gupta has also worked at Indyarocks as the head of media sales, account director of brand solutions at Ibibo, founder and director at Fotolink Media, as well as an IT analyst and systems engineer at Tata Consultancy Services.


rahul ganjoo

Snapdeal has appointed Rahul Ganjoo as VP of its technology team, reports VCCircle. Ganjoo will be responsible for product development at the company. He joins Snapdeal from Twitter where he was in charge of technical program management & agile transformation for 2.5 years, before which he worked as the director of program management at SAY Media for over 5 years. Ganjoo has also worked as a senior program manager at Symantec, as a business analyst at ThoughtWorks and Wipro Technologies, and as a software consultant at Wipro Technologies.

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