Siva Kumar brings passion, panache and a dose of good-willed humor to his role as co-founder and CEO of TheFind, the second largest shopping search engine and the twelfth fastest-growing private company listed on the Inc. 500.
Entrepreneurially minded, Siva has co-founded and successfully grown multiple, venture-funded start-ups, serving as President of Scalent Systems, President and CEO of Impresse Corporation and Chairman of Onebox. Following those successful pursuits, Siva found inspiration for what would become his next start-up in the unlikeliest of places. After selling his last company and with spare time on his hands, he observed his wife’s unwieldy process of shopping online, which Siva likened to “pogo-sticking” – multiple browsers open, simultaneous searches, separate windows for reading reviews and counting coupons. He knew there must be a better way to shop.
With his characteristic zeal, Siva set out to create a better shopping experience, one that keeps the consumer’s needs front-and-center. Starting with informal conversations, Siva was ultimately introduced to Shashi Khandelwal, then a student at Stanford who had spent considerable time thinking about this problem from a search perspective. Soon thereafter, Shashi – who would later become the company’s CTO – quickly built the first prototype of what would become TheFind’s shopping engine in his dorm room, and the seeds of a classic Silicon Valley tale were planted.
Today, after years of engineering magic, user-interface design and capital generation, Siva’s original vision has come to life as TheFind, a best-in-class shopping resource, allowing consumers to easily and efficiently shop over a half of a million stores, manufacturers and retailers – online, in stores and on their mobile devices.
Siva received his MBA from the University of Chicago; an MS from Pennsylvania State University; and a BS from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He resides in Menlo Park, Calif. with his wife and two daughters who now shop more efficiently than ever, thanks to TheFind.