Naveen Tewari is an Indian entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of InMobi, a global mobile advertising and technology platform. He is the Board member of Paytm.
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Harvard Business School
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
CEO & Founder of InMobi
Board member of
Tewari grew up in the family of IIT Professors at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His father Dr. Sachinand Tiwari was a Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur India and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT) in 2000. Here he met Amit Gupta and Abhay Singhal who would later go on to be co-founder of InMobi along with Mohit Saxena.
His professional journey began with McKinsey and Company as a business analyst from 2000 to 2003 followed by a stint in 2004, at Charles River Ventures as an Associate. In 2005, he studied at Harvard Business School (HBS) for Master’s degree in Business Administration, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award, for exceptional leadership and contribution. While at HBS, he also founded and chairs a U.S. based nonprofit called India Schoolhouse Fund which funds and sets up schools in rural India. Recently in 2015, Naveen Tewari along with IDG Ventures invested $1.2M in Nestaway, which is considered as India’s largest home rental network.
In 2007 when Tewari, started his entrepreneurial journey with Abhay Singhal, Amit Gupta and Mohit Saxena from the shared apartment in Mumbai, they were called the ‘boys with powerpoint’. They started their first business mKhoj, a SMS search engine which failed shortly. They pivoted their business to mobile advertising and technology platform – InMobi, and moved their base to Bangalore to be in the hub of talent and technology. SoftBank, KPCB and Sherpalo are their key investors.
Awards and recognition
‘Future Leaders Award’ presented by Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, 2015
Fortune’s ‘40 under 40’ most powerful, influential and important people in business, 2015
The ‘Pathbreaker of the Year’ Award, 2014
Forbes India Leadership Award for ‘Outstanding Start Up’, 2014
‘100 Most Creative People’, 2014 across the world
‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ for excellence in entrepreneurship by Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 2013
The ‘Pathbreaker of the Year’ Award, 2013 presented by Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister
‘7th Most Important Person’ by Business Insider’s the Mobile Power List, 2013
‘Mobile Top 50’ in The Drum, 2013
‘2nd Most Important Person’ by Business Insider’s the Mobile Power List, 2012