I am a first-generation American, my father is a business professor and my mother is an entrepreneur, both of them are from India. I grew up in LA and have been innovating since age 14; Unlimited Ltd. Clothing, my first company, was launched in 9th grade. In less than three years, Unlimited Ltd. was sold in a dozen countries, involved in four global charities, and endorsed by celebrities. After the success of my first company, I started to strengthen my digital marketing skills and opened a marketing consulting practice specializing in creative growth strategies to market to millennials and gen-z.
I worked for a handful of companies, one of them was a messaging platform called onLoop. A few weeks into the job I led onLoop's pivot to Zapstream, a social live streaming platform that launched the same year as Periscope. They hired me out of high school at 18 as the Chief Marketing Officer where I was able to lead a marketing team responsible for almost 100k downloads. After about a year and lots of learned lessons with the Zapstream team, I took time to attend Babson College to cultivate an entrepreneurial network.
These days I run a growth agency called 96, I still lecture at different high schools on "Teentrepreneurship," and I am an active Board Member at Project ECHO. I'm also half of Hidden Labs, a venture studio I lead with a friend. You can also check out some of my side projects here and some of my written thoughts here.
Hey! I'm Devan