ClearTax Hir­ing Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tives from Flip­kart

Aims to raise num­ber of en­gi­neers four­fold to 100 in 6 mths

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New Delhi: Fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy startup ClearTax has hired a for­mer di­rec­tor-engi­neer­ing and two se­nior en­gi­neers from ecom­merce com­pany Flip­kart. The Ben­galuru-based com­pany, which runs an in­come tax re­turns e-fil­ing web­site, is also in the process of re­cruit­ing an­other di­rec­tor level ex­ec­u­tive from Flip­kart.

“We are scal­ing up our engi­neer­ing team and are cur­rently scout­ing for the cream in tech­nol­ogy to be part of this,” ClearTax CEO Ar­chit Gupta told ET.

Gupta said that Pras­anth Nair, a for­mer di­rec­tor at Flip­kart, has joined ClearTax as vice pres­i­dent-engi­neer­ing. Jai San­tosh, who led Flip­kart Lite team, and Aakash Bapna, who worked at Flip­kart from 2011 to 2014, are join­ing too, he said.

ClearTax is look­ing to in­crease the num­ber of en­gi­neers in its tech­nol­ogy team four­fold to 100 in the next six months or so. Its to­tal man­power at present is 100. Gupta said the com­pany wants to ex­pand its busi­ness. “We are adding prod­ucts and ser­vices, which would make us a one-stop shop for all fi­nan­cial needs of cus­tomers (both re­tail and busi­ness),” he said.

He fur­ther said, “The com­pany is fo­cus­ing on build­ing prod­ucts and mar­kets for our new of­fer­ings to SMEs (small and medium en­ter­prises) and busi­nesses, and ex­pan­sion of our cur­rent cus­tomer base by en­ter­ing new ge­ogra­phies.”

Nair will lead the prod­uct and tech­nol­ogy group at ClearTax. At Flip­kart, he was in­stru­men­tal in scal­ing up the fulfilment plat­form. Be­sides Flip­kart, in the past 16 years he worked with com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Ya­hoo!, Trav­e­loc­ity and Ama­zon. Bapna was in­stru­men­tal in build­ing and scal­ing up Flip­kart’s front-end sys­tems and teams from scratch. In 2014, he moved on to start his own ven­ture, pecfly, a con­sumerto-consumer mar­ket­place. San­tosh was with Flip­kart since 2014, as part of the core part and led the team which built Flip­kart Lite, a pro­gres­sive web app.

Gupta did not dis­close the name of the other di­rec­tor be­ing hired from Flip­kart. “It is a lit­tle pre­ma­ture,” he said.

Fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy startup is also in the process of re­cruit­ing an­other di­rec­tor level ex­ec­u­tive from Flip­kart

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