Profoundis Founders To Teach Startups
Profoundis Labs was incubated at Startup Village; was acquired by FullContact, a US-based contact management solution | By Yentha
On Aug 25, 2016


Kochi: Following the footsteps of Silicon Valley founders of sharing knowledge and supporting each other, Profoundis Labs creators

Arjun R Pillai and Jofin Joseph will teach at Startup Village as Visiting Faculty to help budding entrepreneurs set up their early stage enterprises.


The success of Profoundis is a wake-up call to the entire student community in India to leverage the opportunity of a lifetime to build a global business while in college. Young startups need role models to draw inspiration from. "There are very few mentors with product startup experience in our country," said Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chief Mentor, Startup Village.


In the startup world, the community shares its learning with everyone. This helps many other people succeed who then share their new knowledge and experience with young founders in creating a cycle of successful startups. This culture is crucial in the creation of a startup ecosystem.


Pillai, the CEO of Profoundis, will share his global experiences in fundraising and identifying startup opportunities across the world from India. Joseph will teach on how to build startup teams and manage startup operations.

"Sharing our knowledge and experience is the biggest way we can give back to the startup community. We were lucky to have learnt from people like Kris Gopalakrishnan in our early days as entrepreneurs. It is now time for us to repay by teaching everyone with all the knowledge that we have gained," Pillai said.

Profoundis, which was incubated at Startup Village, is known for its flagship product, VIBE, which looks up email addresses through the APIs (Application programming Interface) of most popular social networks to retrieve links to profiles, homepages, and displays short biographies of people. Profoundis, was recently acquired by FullContact, a US-based contact management solution.

Profoundis Labs was incubated in 2012 at Kerala’s Startup Village and emerged as technology-enabled human verified data research platform. The startup was founded by Arjun R Pillai, Jofin Joseph, Anoop Thomas Mathew and Nithin Sam, who studied together at the College of Engineering, Chengannur. The founders earlier created three products which failed and finally got recognition with people search tool, Vibe in 2014.

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