A Week af­ter Exit, 3 Co­founders of Hous­ing Eye HR

Work in Progress Sanat Ghosh Abhishek Anand Rav­ish Naresh

The Economic Times - - Disruption: Startups & Tech - Aditi.Shri­vas­tava1

- Abhishek Anand, Sanat Ghosh and Rav­ish Naresh

Built the prod­uct team at Hous­ing Ex CTO Ben­galuru: Abhishek Anand, Sanat Ghosh and Rav­ish Naresh, all co­founders of Hous­ing.com, are set to launch a prod­uct startup in the hu­man re­source man­age­ment sec­tor, a week af­ter re­sign­ing from the Mum­bai-based real es­tate por­tal.

“We want to lever­age tech­nol­ogy to bring the process of ‘re­cruit­ing’ com­pletely on­line. By build­ing a plat­form where we can help can­di­dates and com­pa­nies to dis­cover, com­mu­ni­cate and en­gage with each other dur­ing the en­tire ‘re­cruit­ing’ process,” said Ghosh, an IIT-B grad­u­ate who built the prod­uct team at Hous­ing. Anand, the for­mer CTO at the real es­tate por­tal, said, while build­ing Hous­ing, he re­alised that the “re­cruit­ment” process is bro­ken at the fun­da­men­tal level. “When we dug deeper, we felt that this is a big enough prob­lem that can be solved by build­ing an In­ter­net prod­uct and no one in the in­dus­try has ap­proached it in the right man­ner,” Anand said.

At the core of the so­lu­tion, the three are look­ing to make use of se­man­tic search, ma­chine learn­ing and big data to build the prod­uct. The three en­gi­neers — Ghosh, Anand, and Naresh — plan to move to Ben­galuru and boot­strap in the com­ing months un­til they build the prod­uct.

Of the 12 IIT-Bom­bay grad­u­ates who co­founded Hous­ing, nine ha- Scaled Hous­ing’s on-ground data col­lec­tion model to top 20 cities

plan to move to Ben­galuru and boot­strap

ve now left the com­pany. Af­ter the ouster of CEO Rahul Ya­dav, none of the founders hold a board po­si­tion. Anand was re­spon­si­ble for scal­ing the tech team of over 200 at Hous­ing and led its Data Sci­ence Labs divi­sion.

Naresh scaled Hous­ing’s on­ground data col­lec­tion model to top 20 cities and later built the sales teams.

Hous­ing, too, re­vamped its top man­age­ment team to get more ex­pe­ri­enced ta­lent on board. It


made nu­mer­ous ad­di­tions to its lead­er­ship team, in­clud­ing Mani Ran­gara­jan, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer; Nikhil Rungta, chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer; Nan­dini Me­hta, gen­eral coun­sel; and Abhishek Hota, chief of staff.

In Novem­ber, Hous­ing said it would fo­cus on its home buy­ing and sell­ing busi­ness and scale down its listings and rentals, com­mer­cial prop­er­ties, short stays and land busi­nesses. Hous­ing com­petes with Com­monFloor, 99Acres and Mag­icBricks, owned by the pub­lisher of this pa­per.

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