Release Date: 08/26/2014
Venkatesh Chari is the founder and CEO of ARD, and a long term member of TiE Boston. He is an Entrepreneur with a degree in Electronics from MS University in India and Boston University, with a focus on speech and signal processing. He has worked for several Boston-area startups, inventing a range of electronic products that help the physically handicapped and has over 20 years of experience spanning roles in engineering, management and strategic technical marketing.
However, developing products for the handicapped remained his passion which led to him to founding ARD. ARD currently brings together the latest advances in mainstream technology and applies these to create products that provide solutions to the many challenges that handicapped people face in daily life.
While looking to bid for a government contract for ARD, Venkatesh realized he needed assistance as this was not his area of expertise and reached out to TiE Boston. Vanita Shastri, executive director at TiE Boston connected Venkatesh to a TiE Boston charter member GP who had experience in government contracting to assist him. He received the advice, motivation, encouragement and inspiration he was looking for from GP, and says it was an excellent experience connecting with him. After 6 months of efforts with help from TiE Boston, the contract was awarded in February 2014.
The next challenge for Venkatesh and ARD is figuring out how to cost-effectively manufacture the products, for which he looks to TiE Boston to connect him with experts with experience in manufacturing, sourcing for manufacturing and mass production.
The one advice Venkatesh would like to give the new generation of entrepreneurs is to get good advice and help early on in the entrepreneurial process; getting the right advice early on sets you on the right track! There is no one better positioned to provide this than the TiE community, he feels.