Mr. Abhay Singhal (BT/EE/2001)

Abhay Singhal is the co-founder of InMobi Technologies, a global mobile advertising and discovery platform that provides customers unparalleled ad experiences on mobile devices. With in-depth experience in marketing and advertising, mobile advertising, advertising sales and business development, he has served InMobi in various capacities. Currently, Abhay is the Chief Revenue Officer looking into sales development and global revenue strategies of the company. In 2013, IIT Kanpur conferred upon him the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his entrepreneurial excellence. His leadership mantra is simple:

"The essence of leadership is not only to have a vision but also what it takes to translate it into action."


Abhay received his B.Tech. in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur in 2001. It was while studying here that his tryst with entrepreneurship began. In 2000, he co-founded TeN and raised VC money shortly. Till 2006, he steered the company's sales and contributed to a significant revenue growth. He then briefly worked as a product manager in Andale before moving to his next venture.

Abhay's irresistible urge to set up a company of global repute took him to Mumbai where he, along with three other friends, co-founded mKhoj (mobile Khoj) providing SMS based solutions. However, within a few months, the quartet realized that the idea had failed, and they needed to shut it down. Now, they consider it as a miraculous failure that led to the birth of InMobi. Abhay believes, “Success breeds friendship but failure breeds even much deeper kind of friendship." Their first idea didn't stop them from moving ahead and try something new, and that new took the entire mobile advertising ecosystem by storm. Within a year of its launch, InMobi started its global operations and within two years it touched 70% of the mobile users. They used the emerging markets as their product development and test base, and then entered the global markets. Their revolutionary platform enables developers, merchants and brands to engage with mobile consumers globally. The company has won some prestigious national and international recognitions including being listed as one of the 50 Most Disruptive Companies in the world by MIT Technology Review and the Outstanding startup of the year award by Forbes. In 2017, it won 13 awards at the Mobile Marketing Association's Smarties, the only global awards program in mobile marketing.

At InMobi, Abhay has served in several roles including Managing Director for EMEA; Vice President of Global Ad Sales & Corporate Sales. He creates future growth opportunities by taking care of sales and global revenue strategies development. He invested around two years to build the Europe market for its platform and headed human resources as well for over a year. He is a highly recognized leader in marketing and advertising industry, and has spoken globally about entrepreneurship, people and culture.

AWARDS (won by InMobi)

  • Mobile Marketing Association's Smarties Awards, 2017.

  • Gold for Best Campaign, Mob-Ex Awards, 2017.

  • The Most Influential Marketing Leaders' Award, World Marketing Congress, 2016.

  • Gold for Mobile Video & Silver for Innovation, Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) UK Smarties, 2016.

  • NASSCOM Randstad Awards for Best Practices in Talent Management, 2016.

  • NDTV Indian of the Year Award, 2016.




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