Harshit Shah

Chief Technology Officer at Spring Health, Advisor, Investor, Speaker (ex-Amazon, ex-Microsoft)

Harshit has a proven record of successfully delivering enterprise SaaS applications and PaaS/application platforms to a variety of global industries. Expertise in scaling products, processes, and teams to drive innovation and boost organizational growth. Adept at transforming cross-functional teams with a blend of FTEs, contractors, and remote talents.

I have served in the capacity of CTO and CISO for Hypergrowth and Unicorn Startups. I am currently advising and investing in several startups - focusing on Healthcare space and Enterprise SaaS. I am open to supporting the founders and CXO teams looking for a technology leadership partner as a fractional CTO/CISO/CIO.

Harshit Shah

Work

Experience

  • Venture Catalysts | India's First Integrated Incubator

    Venture Catalysts | India's First Integrated Incubator

    Investor

    Jan 2018 - Present

    Established in the year 2016, Venture Catalysts++ is India's first multi-stage VC dedicated to creating the world's most prominent startup ecosystem. Our global presence is established across a total of 50+ cities in countries such as UAE, USA, UK, Singapore, Luxembourg, Thailand, Canada, Eastern Africa, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, and Southern Africa.With $700Mn syndicated across 300+ portfolio startups and a $10 Bn+ portfolio valuation, our ultimate aim is to democratize angel investing. We empower startup founders who dared to dream with 10+ Alternate Investment Funds sIt is one of the largest early stage players in India with 3000+ angel investors spread across 11 cities in 3 countries - India, Hong Kong & Qatar. Globally, marquee investors such as YCombinator, Greenoaks, Axis Capital, Alpha Capital, Rocketship, FJ Labs (investors of Airbnb, Uber, Facebook) have co-invested with Venture Catalysts.With its focus on developing startup ecosystem in Tier II, III cities in India, Venture Catalysts has launched its incubation program in cities like Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Raipur, Surat and Nagpur besides metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. These centres not only offer incubation support to startups but also organise regular investor education sessions for potential angel investors viz. HNIs & industrialists.Besides raising seed stage and Series A investments for startups, Venture Catalysts is known for its startup building capability, strategic guidance, generating business leads, leveraging its network across the globe through its partners and providing phenomenal returns to its investors. It is evident from the fact that more than 10 incubatee companies of Venture Catalysts have raised Series A investment in the last two years especially when the market had not been very upbeat.Today, Venture Catalysts has taken the leadership position in startup investments and incubation and has been rated as India's top Early stage Investor by leading national media.

  • Spring Health

    Spring Health

    Chief Technology Officer

    Apr 2021 - Sep 2023

    At Spring Health, we help employers modernize their behavioral health benefits with the most effective, comprehensive solution for employee mental wellbeing. Our offering functions as a single front door to any type of care - from digital exercises, to EAP services, to coaching, therapy, or medication. We use a proprietary assessment and machine-learning technology to understand all of the conditions a person may be experiencing, and use those results to match them to a care plan personalized to their needs. Each member has access to a Care Navigator to help guide them through their options, assist in booking appointments with therapists, and connect them to domain experts across work-life, legal, or financial services. This innovative, personalized approach to care, paired with a seamless, high-touch member experience makes Spring Health the most holistic, effective behavioral health benefit for modern, people-first employers. Suicidal crisis or emotional distress – For immediate help for you or someone else, call 1-800-273-8255. Available 24/7.

    • Removing EVERY barrier to mental healthcare through technology !
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Head of Engineering

    Aug 2019 - Apr 2021

    AWS IoT services, Amazon, Seattle, WA Responsible for product and technical roadmap for AWS IoT services focusing on Analytics, Events and Applications AWS IoT Analytics and Events are fully managed services that make it easy to run, operationalize, detect and respond to events from IoT sensors and applications on massive volumes of IoT data. The services process xx MM queries, xxx MM events and data ingestion from xx MM devices in a given week – at scale across 18+ AWS regions to support the global customer based across AMER, EMEA, APAC and China Drove differentiative initiatives to integrate with AWS Machine learning platform. Service won the award at IoT world summit. [AWS IoT Named “Best Consumer IoT Solution” at 2020 IoT World Awards] Responsible for P&L, YoY goals, Engineering Roadmaps, Product Strategy and reporting to senior AWS leadership.

    • AWS IoT - AI/ML Services, Analytics, Data Platform
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Engineering Leader

    Jan 2017 - Aug 2019

    Leading Product strategy, customer validation, engineering design, roadmap delivery and growth plans for new frontier at Amazon Web Services, focused towards Business Productivity solutions: Build the core engineering services and lead software development teams to deliver over 40+ features for cloud desktop, content collaboration, security and frictionless productivity. Responsible for the platform and framework, API SDKs, Desktop (Windows and Mac), Web (React/Redux/Typescript) and mobile (iOS and Android) apps, engineering systems and overall operations: built using native AWS ML/AI services across AWS Regions. Grew WAU/MAU engagement metrics xxx% YoY for 2 consecutive years. Owned P&L for WorkDocs services.

    • Enterprise SaaS, B2B2C product, Web, Mobile and SDK/APIs
  • HPE Helion

    Senior Director of Product & Operations

    Sep 2015 - Dec 2016

    Delivered on two new products offering from inception to GA for HPE Helion business for Fortune 2000 customers Conceptualized the overall product requirements and MVPs based on deep understanding of Enterprise workloads and technology stack evaluations, while keeping customer empathy as a first principle. Conducted 200+ customer surveys, market research and competitive analysis to help the prioritization. Evangelized the product through Executive Business reviews, CIO/CTO presentations, Conference Talks, Analyst Demos to drive the vision and adoption for new products.

    • Kubernetes, Docker, Developer Platform, CI/CD
  • Microsoft

    Microsoft

    Senior Software Engineering Manager

    Jan 2005 - Sep 2015

    Responsible for 2 of the critical services for Bing Search SaaS Business – Application Platform & Azure Frontdoor. Refined the product direction for Application Platform to improve inner/outer loop agility from 4 weeks to 4 hours, thus resulting in rapid innovation cycles for 800+ Bing & Cortana developers and Scientists. Influenced stockholders and drove the adoption of Frontdoor/Edge network across key Microsoft Services to reduce latency by 20-40% @90th percentile thus performance improvements for millions of users WW. Part of the leadership team to deliver scalable, distributed and highly available Content Delivery Network (CDN) service in Microsoft Azure. Led 30+ people engineering teams (including offshore) to deliver key components and features for CDN caching stack, integrating with Azure Storage, Azure Portal, REST APIs/JSON, monitoring and diagnostic services.

    • Search Engine, NLP, O365, Azure, CDN, Operating Systems

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