Prem Sundaram

Prem Sundaram

Los Angeles, CA, United States
Member since March 21, 2019
For over 15 years, Prem's been successfully developing and launching software and product innovations as an international technology consultant and product manager. He advises companies of all stages in diverse industries including software, banking, internet-of-things, mobile, and cloud—in both the US and Europe. Prem has a bachelor of science degree in physics and materials science from Cambridge University and an MBA from UCLA,
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Project Highlights
Expertise
  • Agile
  • Mobile Applications
  • Product Development
  • Product Management
  • Project Planning
  • Software Development
  • Software Innovation
  • Technology Strategy & Architecture
Education
Employment
  • Product Manager | Strategist
    2019 - PRESENT
    Avinew
    • Worked with Avinew to define their overall product experience and product roadmap through storyboarding method with user stories.
    • Collaborated with teams to implement development process and workflow (using Trello), that brings together design, development, and product management teams.
    • Defined, with teams, the project plan and ensure correct features and delivery of both front end app and back end services platform.
    • Coached junior product and engineering teams to help improve operational and strategic thinking.
    • Managed the bi-weekly Scrum meetings to ensure all teams were on track.
  • Product Manager
    2019 - PRESENT
    Weavy
    • Consulted to help the Weavy team to develop their product roadmaps and product feature plan, manage project goals, and organize the development activities.
    • Worked with the team to define internal process improvements, product pricing, and competitive analysis.
  • Chief Strategist
    2014 - PRESENT
    Sundaram Applied Technologies
    • Developed various strategies (product and technology-focused).
    • Oversaw and managed the software development.
    • Constructed a prototype.
    • Planned out the projects (milestones, deadlines, and so on).
  • Product Manager, Strategist
    2018 - 2019
    Invotech AB
    • Researched the market and competition.
    • Obtained management and board approval for a new technology and marketing strategy that differentiated the company offering in the marketplace.
    • Designed and implemented a program of improvements covering product definition, customer focus, and Agile software development planning.
    • Developed the execution plan, product strategy, and marketing and sales plan.
    • Refined the technology plan.
    • Worked mainly remotely and onsite in Sweden as needed.
  • Product Strategist
    2018 - 2018
    Wine Acuity
    • Performed product management.
    • Constructed a software prototype.
    • Implemented Agile software development.
    • Conducted customer testing.
    • Composed and carried out a technology plan.
  • IT Consultant
    2017 - 2018
    Farmers and Merchants Bank
    • Solved a critical personnel situation with an underperforming IT team.
    • Reviewed team capabilities, structure, management methods, and internal processes.
    • Developed personnel and organization structure recommendations.
    • Mentored team and facilitated improvement in communication within IT and across organization.
    • Provided advice in areas of long term technology planning and in disaster recovery initiatives.
  • Director Innovation and Technology
    2015 - 2018
    1st Century Bank
    • Was brought in to improve IT operations and lead new IT initiatives.
    • Reviewed technology systems, software, processes and team capabilities.
    • Implemented new technology initiatives such as cloud, security, and disaster recovery.
    • Developed personnel plans and recruited new staff.
    • Established an IT infrastructure that was commended by the CEO and executive team.
    • Provided research technology options.
  • Strategy
    2007 - 2016
    Future Position X
    • Provided strategic, marketing, and technology advice to the CEO.
    • Developed various funding proposals. A notable one was the ten-year business strategy that was made for submission to the Swedish government funding agency (Vinnova). It ended up winning first place which resulted in $40 million worth of funding for over the next decade.
    • Created and implemented reporting and KPI dashboards for the board.
    • Developed the business, product plans, and business reporting KPI dashboards.
    • Managed projects.
Project History
  • Award-winning Geospatial Technology Plan
    Created the strategy and developed a business plan which won a Swedish funding competition ($40 million).

    Future Position X is one of ten innovation cluster organizations in Sweden. I was brought in as business strategist and technology visionary to help develop a proposal for a decade-long business and regional strategy.

    I worked with teams to develop the new vision, position and value proposition. The outcome was the development of the "Geo-Life Region" vision, where I combined the benefits of geospatial technology with the desires for improved health and wellness. This strategy was presented to Vinnova, the Swedish innovation funding agency, and won first prize, a funding of $40 million (USD) over ten years to Future Position X.

  • Blockchain Product Strategy for Fintech Software
    Developed the product and business strategy for a new blockchain sustainability startup based in Los Angeles.

    AlphaEco is a fintech startup that seeks to fund environmental and sustainability projects through public funding. I was brought on to develop the business and product strategy and identify where blockchain would add value to the business process.

    Primarily, I developed the product plan, technology plan, and funding plan.

  • Development and Launch of a Mobile App
    Led the build of the first iteration of the cross-platform Wine Acuity app (iOS/Android) and launched to the app stores.

    Wine Acuity is a growing startup based in Los Angeles that focuses on educating individuals about wine. I was brought on to advise and manage the development of the new mobile app.

    I worked with the teams to manage the product development process, including prototyping, user stories, feedback, technology decision-making (Angular/Ionic) and the selection and management of programming staff (outsourced).

    The project was completed and launched to the App Store and Google Play Store in February 2019.

  • Product Development of an App
    Managed the design and development of the Index Cards note-taking app; it has a 5-star rating and over 80,000 users.

    On this project, I managed the design and development of the Index Cards application.

    Specifically, I worked to develop the prototype, manage user feedback, development of the app, and the management of outsourced programming team.

    I also built the product and technology roadmaps and oversaw the scaling of the product to alternative platforms.

  • IoT Software Company Transformation
    Developed the transformative business strategy for growing an internet-of-things (IoT) software company based in Sweden.

    Invotech is a Swedish software company that has developed a type of IoT software for the geospatial location of assets. Before I came aboard, the company did not have a product plan or sales strategy.

    I worked with the team to review their product positioning, value proposition, and target markets. I also updated the technology roadmap to reflect customer feedback and goals and developed a new marketing and sales strategy.

    As a result, Invotech now has an action plan for 2019 to execute and grow sales.

Education
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Entrepreneurship
    1998 - 2000
    The Anderson School, UCLA - Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Physics and Materials Science
    1988 - 1991
    University of Cambridge - Cambridge, England

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