Vishal Gondal

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Vishal Gondal
Vishal Gondal.jpg
Vishal Gondal at Ra.One Press Conference in October 2011
Born Vishal
(1976-07-14) July 14, 1976 (age 37)
Residence Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Other names Vishy, VG
Alma mater Mumbai University
Occupation Entrepreneur/ Venture Capitalist/ Marathoner
Home town Mumbai
Title CEO GOQii, Ex CEO Indiagames
Children 2 Sons (Aryan and Veer)
Website
http://www.godinchief.com/

Vishal Gondal, (born 14 July 1976) is an Indian entrepreneur and angel investor,[1] best known as the founder and CEO of Indiagames He was the Managing Director, DisneyUTV Digital, The Walt Disney Company India Pvt. Ltd. [2] Gondal has been focussing on the next generation of devices. Riding the big wave of wearables, Gondal has founded Goqii (pronounced Go-Key), a startup and a device that could potentially change the way we view wearables. [3] [4]

In the earlier avatar, he was the founder of Indiagames, a global computer games developer and publisher in India. Rediff called him "India's king of Gaming".[5]

Early life[edit]

Vishal Gondal was born in Mumbai, India. He got his first Personal computer when he was in the eighth grade. He mastered his skill that age and soon got a project from a bank to make their complete mailing list. This mailing was for around 6000 customers which earned him first income of Rs.60,000.

At sixteen, he started a computer training institute in his dad's garage, where he taught WordStar, Dbase, Lotus.

He stepped into the world of games when he was 13. He sidelined studies to learn videogames development. He studied commerce in college.

Back then, he was involved in developing Kargil War the videogame along with his team. This was based on the Kargil conflict (Kargil War). The bloodthirsty game allowed players to gun down Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistanis. It made him so popular that he was interviewed by Star News, CNN and BBC.The game became so popular that he was even felicitated by the Indian army.[6]

He was a national volleyball player and represented Maharashtra in the national championship.[6]

Career[edit]

Gondal started his first company FACT in Chembur, Mumbai at the age of 16. In 1999, he founded Indiagames, then a five member team. Indiagames is primarily engaged in publishing and developing games across various platforms like Internet, PC, broadband, mobile phones, PDAs, handheld gaming devices and consoles.

He was featured among the top 40 Indian entrepreneurs by Business Today in 2001.

Indiagames was considered the most important gaming developer and publisher in India, in 2005 controlling a 60% share in India's game-related wireless value-added services market.[7] In 2009, Indiagames had over 300 employees and offices in Mumbai, Beijing, London and Los Angeles.

In 2005, he sold a majority of stakeholds (adding up to 76,29% of the company) to TOM online Games a subsidiary of TOM Online Inc.[7] although he kept his position as CEO. In December 2007, the Indian company UTV Software Communication acquired a majority stake in Indiagames.[8]

In 2008, he launched Sweat and Blood Venture group in order to invests in startups at a seed level.[9] So far, the Venture group has invested in three start-ups Mumbai-based Gama Entertainment Systems, a developer and manufacturer of entertainment hardware and software products for the retail industry, Instablogs, a blogging community, and Kyko, a start-up currently in stealth mode.

In 2011, Indiagames was acquired by Disney for around $100m. At the time of acquisition, Indiagames was making a profit of $400,000 on revenues of $11 million as reported by various publication.[10]

On 2 August 2012, The Walt Disney Company India Pvt. Ltd. restructured its digital assets under a new division, DisneyUTV Digital, with Vishal Gondal as its Managing Director, to drive better growth in games, video and audio services for mobile, online and interactive TV.[11]

On 1 March 2014, He started a new venture, called GOQii basically offers a combination of advanced wearable technology, expert-led personalised coaching and elements of social philanthropy (karma) to enable its users to make a permanent shift to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. For the same, it focuses on sustained engagement and goal reinforcement, and offers a complete ecosystem as a single integrated solution, which is a combination of technology and human connection. [12] [13]

He has been part of the Nokia Advisory Council for Games and actively advices Nokia on wireless and gaming technologies.

Other interests[edit]

Gondal is the part of Inner Circle member for The Ink Talks.[14] The INK conference, in association with TED, is an annual conference that aims to fuel innovation and foster knowledge by bringing together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers on a global stage.

He has launched a new venture called Sweat And Blood Venture Group. This entity invests in startups at seed level, mentor them, and help them scale. They have invested in Instablogs, Docsuggest,[15]

In addition to all of his technological achievements, Gondal is also a very passionate sports enthusiast. He enjoys all types of fitness, but his greatest interest lies in running and walking. Since 2011, he has taken part in the following half marathons:

And the following 10k events:

In addition, he has participated in Oxfam Trailwalker, a 100km team event where teams walk 100k in 48 hours. Gondal has completed 3 Trailwalker events: Bangalore 2012 and 2013 and Mumbai 2013.

Awards[edit]

Vishal Gondal was chosen E&Y Indian Entrepreneur of the year award nomination in 2004 and in 2005.[16] He was listed among the top 50 executives in the mobile content space by the UK based ‘Mobile Entertainment’ Magazine. This list featured the likes of Steve Jobs of Apple. He was also featured among the 20 Fab Indians to watch out for in 2006 by The Week magazine.

Indiagames was featured amongst Red Herring (magazine) Asia’s Top 100 companies in 2005.

Vishal is voted as top 25 powerful people in Indian digital business in 2012.[17]

Gondal is also known as the “Gaming King” in India.[5]

Controversies[edit]

In November 2012, His car Audi Q7 was given to the service station for periodic maintenance, but it was taken out for a seven-hour, 100-km joyride around the city. It was the tracking device in his car that alerted him about the unauthorized use. Later, Vishal tweeted that this matter was resolved satisfactorily by the Audi officials.[18][19] Recently Forbes quoted in an article The Curious Case of The Sleepwalking Audi on the fiasco for mishandling his car.[20]

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Business positions
Preceded by
first
CEO of Indiagames 
1999–2012
Preceded by
first
Managing Director, DisneyUTV Digital,

 The Walt Disney Company India Pvt. Ltd.
2012–2013

Preceded by
first
CEO of GOQii 
2014