Start-up Founders are usually always grappling with new challenges, problem solving and learning along the way.
But one area that many admit is a nemesis for them is holding difficult performance related conversations with those who have trusted your start-up and come on-board. And even harder still, are those where you have to let go of people, whether for performance reasons, or for business reasons.

Srikanth Iyer, Co-founder & CEO of HomeLane, and a serial entrepreneur who has been there and done that many times, shares the valuable practices and mindset that help him do this, without compromising either the business objective or the dignity of the other person. is a home interiors startup that designs and delivers fit-outs for homeowners. He founded HomeLane in 2014.

He is also a Venture Partner with Unitus Seed Fund (USF) where he helps USF’s portfolio in the education domain specifically, owing to his proven track record in leading successful edutech companies and also with their other investments.

He was previously the CEO of Pearson India. He was part of the core leadership team for several years and grew the mind-share for Pearson in the K-12 domain across the country. He had been responsible for bringing technology enabled education to millions of schools in India and making Pearson a leading player in Indian education.

As a seasoned information technology entrepreneur with over 21 years of experience, Srikanth brings superior prowess in sales, operations and strategic depth to the table.

Srikanth started his career with Wipro where he worked for a brief period, before  venturing out as an entrepreneur. He co-founded Edurite Technologies in 2000, a leading e-content provider in the education space.

Srikanth’s  leadership helped the phenomenal growth story of Edurite, which he later led to acquisition by TutorVista, a global online tutoring company, in 2007. TutorVista was further acquired by Pearson in 2011.

Srikanth holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering from Harvard University (DCE) and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering from Bangalore University, India.

He has been a state level Table Tennis player for 4 years and is an avid sports fan who dabbles in squash, tennis and cricket.

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