Going through the TechStars program together, I was quickly introduced to Praful's high level of energy and drive to build products and a company. He's an extremely gifted and motivated individual, constantly learning and focused on doing big things. I look forward to seeing what he has in store for everyone next.
Praful's a crazy blend of hacker and hustler. His energy, enthusiasm, and abilities make him well suited for anything from throwing together a prototype of something cool to hitting the streets to talk to early customers and make initial sales. During the TechStars program back in '09, I was impressed with Praful and his cofounder's ability to handle adversity and challenges. I would highly recommend him for the program.
Derivatived has strong founders with proven track records of creating and managing successful startups. The particularly impressive aspects in their ability to quickly innovate on new ideas yet not shy away from bold and large scale problems. In particular i have known Praful from Deprivatived and have seen him successfully run a consulting business, start and grow a Meetup and then pivot that startup with the input from the Meetup contributors into a novel and exciting idea and business potential. Along the way he has given me incredibly detailed updates in person and in email. These are very much appreciated and have shown to me his ability to tests ideas and actually implement them on a timely basis. Each weekly update includes progress on last week goals, this week goals and then ways i can help him. I look forward to these and they are incredibly indicative of how great Praful is at running a startup.