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Simplicity – The Hardest Thing in the World

Serial entrepreneur Sandeep Akkaraju is driven. He is driven to take incredibly complex technologies and create simplicity out of the complexity. Sandeep reveals how that drive has led him to Exo, a company that is changing the world of ultrasound. In this conversation, we get to hear about some of Sandeep’s fundamental beliefs and how he uses them to lead Exo with a clear vision and a clear passion. The insights and lessons Sandeep discusses can be applied to any job, any company, any career. You may not be using nanotechnology to change healthcare, but his advice to take small steps and drive simplicity throughout is something we all can take to heart.

Exo’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep is a proven entrepreneur with a hands-on managerial background in leading interdisciplinary technology and business teams, and a track record of bringing to market complex hardware and software products. Exo is his fourth startup organization.

Prior to founding Exo, Sandeep was Founder and President of Jyve Inc. (acquired by a major semiconductor corporation at an exit valuation of more than $60M). Previously, he was CEO of IntelliSense, a leading provider of micro-mechanical integrated circuits (MEMS) and nanotechnology-based software and solutions. Under his guidance, IntelliSense expanded its physical presence into China and India and its sales presence into 30+ countries. Sandeep helped the company rapidly grow from a startup to its eventual acquisition at a valuation of $750 million. In 2003, he led the re-acquisition of IntelliSense from Corning. Sandeep holds a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, an M.S. from LSU and an M.B.A. from INSEAD, France.