Moolya got its first CEO and third co-founder

Yeah, it is time we announce that we have a new CEO, our first official one. I was playing multiple roles over the last year and three months from being a janitor (when needed) to tester to recruiter to consultant to finance to MD to CEO. Although I might done reasonably well, Moolya needed a specialist CEO. It wasn’t actually hard to find the specialist.

Introducing to you, Mohan SK Panguluri (a.k.a PSK ) , our CEO and the third co-founder. We were tight lipped all this while and it was kind of hard. Mohan and I have been working together since 2007 and he has been extremely impressive at work and the way he has picked up golf. In his previous stint, he co-founded Edista Testing Institute, serving as its COO and facilitated the growth to a million dollar organization. He has a bachelor degree in from BITS, Pilani and Masters in Business Administration from ICFAI. Prior to ETI, he was with Tata Consultancy Services in the United Kingdom heading a specific sector of business, Zee Telefilms and Planetasia. Prior to that he has played several roles of being a web designer to brand manager and things that today is helping him be a cool CEO.

Mohan has a wonderful family. He is married and has two wonderful daughters who keep his wife dancing to their tunes. That said his wife, Harini is a dancer by profession. Mohan’s parents live with him and in the same house, making it a dream family of today’s India.

The big question is, how is he the third co-founder of Moolya?

The decision to start Moolya was done by me and Santhosh in consultation with Mohan. The name Moolya was decided on August 26, 2010, sitting in Mohan’s home sifting through options and sipping whisky all through. He was consulting me on strategy and decisions ever since the birth of Moolya and has been a part of all Moolya events. He believes in Moolya so much that he decided to be in Moolya full time amidst 10 other options and investors waiting to invest on the ideas he had. So, that clearly indicates why he is a part of Moolya. Oh by the way, Test Republic was his brain child which is now India’s largest online community for testers.

Mohan has had a great influence on me and Santhosh. As a matter of fact, Mohan magically brought Santhosh to me and vice versa. So, we are here as the board of Directors with the leadership shared between us and most importantly playing roles that we most suit in.

Mohan plays golf (as every other popular cool CEO does /at least in movies/) and is slowly (rapidly) getting me infectious to it.

What does this change for Moolya?

I am a hardcore passionate tester who learnt how to deal with business. So, I am not as good at it as I would be in testing, consulting or coaching. Mohan is a hardcore passionate businessman. That means, he would be as good as I am in testing, in business. Ever since he came in, we have seen quick cool changes. I admit, I am amazed at how many things I didn’t do over the last year just by watching Mohan in action over the last couple of weeks.

He got a lot of things done and our employees have visibility into a lot of things. We were confused over policies for organizations and he sorted it out like breeze. Things are now moving fast, we have faster and structured mechanisms to handle the “business” part of testing.

Mohan shall help Moolya’s business grow huge, achieve scale, handle operations, co-own strategy with me, handle finance and oversee we reach business targets (and put the hot iron rod when required :P )

What does this mean to me (which indirectly means to Moolya)

Actually, this is what I personally think as a redefining moment for me and my career. To me, this means, I am back into testing. Hurrah! Dear Michael Bolton and Vipul Kocher, you were right – running a testing business would definitely keep one away from testing. Dhanasekar would know that I have cried many times over the last year and half that I am unable to test as much as I would love to.

Now, my role is to test and consult for projects that Moolya gets. My hands (err, brains) would be in every project. I will head the overall delivery for Moolya. I will work more closely with people I want to work and mentor testers. I will sit beside testers giving them a tough time or asking me to give a tough time in testing things whilst doing all that with good intention to help them do better. I shall also handle pre-sales work (so that we don’t make some claim that we can’t live up to) and consult / coach for Moolya’s clients.

I went for a vacation that I had not taken over the last 2 years, about a week ago. It was so beautiful. My personal thanks to Mohan, without him, it wouldn’t have been possible.

Mohan sometimes felt left out in the action happening at Moolya. So, he picks up a project we are testing, tests and send a test report to me whenever he finds time for it. Perfect. We have a CEO who tests. That must be Moolya. I shall mentor him to test well. That must be Pradeep :P

Note that Moolya is young and highly energetic. We will rise big and good that we will make ourselves and you proud of what we have achieved in testing. That shall be the aim.

In the coming days

You will see plenty of action. Lot of innovation in testing. Crazy ideas being floated. Lot of interesting people coming into Moolya and customers loving our relationship.

All customers we started to work with an year back have given us repeat business. We are talking about at least a couple of multi billion, couple of multi million and a couple of startups. Now, there is an awesome pipeline, impressive track record and too good goals. Beat that!

The testing community support for Moolya has been the most impressive you will ever see that happened to any testing startup. We owe you folks a lot. We won’t disappoint you. More hot and cool announcements coming soon.

Please join me in officially welcoming Mohan (a.k.a PSK) to his own company, Moolya (and congratulate me to starting my second stint as a tester)

Moolya FTW!

About PradeepSoundararajan

Pradeep Soundararajan has written 46 post in this blog.

Pradeep Soundararajan, CEO, Moolya Pradeep loves testing and this love translates to the care he has for users, people writing code, product owners and business decision makers. That is the kind of testing and love people in Moolya have to help Moolya's customer experience value like never before.

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  1. This sounds really great Pradeep!
    I do congratulate you on getting your testing career back :) and I congratulate Moolya on getting, what sounds like, a great CEO.
    Must find a way to meet this CEO sometime.

    I think maybe the most important thing is to congratulate your wife and daughter andthe Moolya testers! You must be a much happier tester now and that will, i suspect, make their life better to ;)

    Bythe way I’m not relocating to Bangalore. I’m staying in Sweden waiting for the next big chance that comes this way. Maybe we’ll see Indian testing “off-shored”, I hate that expression, to some far away European country. That would could be cool ;)

  2. Dear Pradeep,
    great to know about the latest buzz around moolya.

    Many congratulations to Moolya on boarding Mohan as it’s CEO.

    Fortunate enough to write something about Mohan PSK (as i have worked under him closely for 20 months) – He is terrific in his sales driven strategies & decision making capability. He is a true stellar. :) Incredible in operations management. I am more than sure that with his extensive knowledge and customer driven potential moolya will be certainly having it’s new wings completely rejuvenated. Wishing Pradeep, Santosh, Mohan & complete Moolya team all the best.

    “Let’s test the Moolya’s way.” :)

    Best of luck for all your noble endeavors. :)

    Faisal Khan
    Social Business Consultant
    IBM Global.

  3. Awesome dude. You inspired me :)

  4. //So, I am not as good at it as I would be in testing, consulting or coaching. Mohan is a hardcore passionate businessman. //

    Is this what you meant

    So, I am not as good at consulting or coaching as I would be in testing.
    That means, he would be as good in business as I am in testing,

    • @Bruno,

      I am not as good at it /business/ as I would be in (categories I am good in) testing, consulting or coaching. Mohan is as good as I am in testing, in business.

      That’s what I thought I meant.

  5. Congratulations to you and Moolya.

    Did not get a chance to meet Mohan when he was with ETI. Look forward to meeting him soon.

    Best Wishes!


  6. Congratulations to all Moolyavaans. I didn’t understand one this. What does “Moolya FTW!” mean?

  7. Congrats to Moolya as Moolya (it – I didnt want refer Moolya as it…as is is used we refer to any non-living things) is growing stronger, getting deep rooted on Moolya’s values & I guess the Stealth Mode Mentor as mentioned in Founders page is Mohan indeed. May be I’m wrong….Happy for all the Good Things Happening with Moolya & Moolyavans….!!!

  8. Great going for Moolya. Wishing PSK all the very best in his new endeavors.

  9. Hanumantha Rao

    Dear Pradeep,

    Nice to note that you have got a good support in manging Moolya’s business.

    By glancing the comments on his addition to Moolya in a prime role as CEO it is evident that hat Mr.Mohan will bring in great success to the business and my best wishes to all your staff.

    Please convey my special wishes to Mr.Mohan.
    Like to meet him during my next bangalore visit and to your new office.

    Best wishes..

  10. Nice to read your articles, would like to see Moolya’s name in Forbes List as early as possible. I wish you and your team good luck in all the future endeavors.

  11. Pramod Sridhar

    Many Congratulations, Pradeep.

    All the very best….

  12. Srinivasa Reddy Maddula

    Congratulations Pradeep… you are best tester…
    I am your old student at Edista…:)

  13. Hi Ola! I am sure it will be interesting to meet. Time to fly to Sweden and get some work off-shored first :)

  14. @Hanumantha Rao
    Thanks for the wishes. Will be pleasure to catch up in your next trip to Bangalore.

  15. @ Chandra … Thanks

    @ Deepak … Yes! That was me in stealth. Not anymore :)

    @ Murali … Will be pleasure to catchup. Are you at Bangalore?

    @Faisal. Thanks a lot for the wishes and kind words. Means a lot.

  16. Good to know about the new CEO and co founder of Moolya!!!
    Congrats Mohan and Moolya team.

  17. Giridhar Soundararajan

    Pradeep! Now try this and let me know how it looks…. go to Moolya’s founders page and reveal the stealth mode of Mr CEO :) I guess it no longer stealth ;)

  18. Congrats to Moolya!

    It would be great to see Moolya growing under the leadership of Mohan in his role and you being focused on continuously improve testing services.

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