Govinda Giri — Founder/CEO
Govinda Giri started building Sagoon as a ‘search engine’ in the basement of his home in the Washington DC area and launched it in 2009. That was a start.
Time passed, the world changed. Later, he discovered changing users’ trends and behavior with respect to their online lives: ‘Search vs Share’. In social sharing, he quickly realized that current online social interaction had become an addiction rather than a replacement for people’s offline lives. In 2014, he pivoted Sagoon as a social commerce platform aimed to change the way people use and interact with social media today.
Govinda has more than 20 years of working experience in management and IT solutions. At Sagoon, he is responsible for deciding the overall direction of the company and product strategy. His expertise in network design and the development of communication tools allows him to fulfill his role of “chief architect” at Sagoon. Additionally, he manages the service and development of Sagoon’s core technology and infrastructure.
Govinda is a Cisco-certified network professional and a Microsoft-certified system engineer, who holds a provisional patent for the Random Vector Model Information Relation Method, a core technology developed to resolve computing problems. He has received many awards and accolades due to his contributions to the IT sector.
Born and raised in Nepal, Govinda has been based in Washington, DC for over 23 years.
Kabin Sitoula — Co-founder
Kabin Sitoula brings over 15 years of experience in finance and marketing in the private sector to his role as Sagoon’s community outreach specialist. Prior to joining Sagoon in 2014, Sitoula worked at Premier Financial Alliance as the field director for more than four years. At Sagoon, he is responsible for building market strategies, and raising funds and awareness among members of the local community. He currently works part time with the company and is also a self-employed realtor and insurance agent.
Swati Dayal — Co-founder
Swati Dayal has over eight years of experience in web and mobile product design and development. Prior to joining Sagoon in 2014, she worked at Sparx Technologies (located in Noida, India) as a senior UI/UX designer for mobile and web for more than five years. Ms. Dayal is product and operations head at Sagoon, and is responsible for developing innovative products; managing operational systems; strategic planning, process and policy; and the successful delivery of the company’s goals and objectives.
Mahendar Edla — Founding Member
Edla is a leader in the field of Information Technology with more than 20 years of experience in project management with both the US government and the private sector. Prior to joining Sagoon in 2015, he worked as project manager consultant at Booz Allen from 2014 to 2015, implementing cyber security applications for the US government. From May 2013 to May 2014, he worked as project manager consultant with Verizon, and from May 2012 to April 2013, he worked as project lead consultant with Fannie Mae. Before that, he worked as a project lead consultant at the Library of Congress, the US department of Treasury and Veterans Affairs to automate the existing manual process. As head of technology at Sagoon, Edla is responsible for the successful execution of the company’s business mission, overseeing the development of web and mobile products right from inception to deployment. He currently works part time with the company and part time as a consultant for Seaford Consulting Company, implementing applications on Amazon Cloud.
Laxman Pradhan — CPA, Interim CFO
Pradhan has more than 15 years of experience in various aspects of corporate taxation and business development. He is currently employed as a tax manager in the Global Tax Department of Capital One Bank in McLean, Virginia. He is actively involved in tax compliance and provision work. He is responsible for updating and analyzing tax impacts on new state legislative developments and regulations. Prior to joining Capital One, he worked as assistant vice-president at Chevy Chase Bank from December 2005 to February 2009. He also served as a senior tax accountant at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he also worked with Riggs Bank and MCI WorldCom, Inc. in Washington where he was responsible for federal and state tax compliance work.
Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy — Advisor
Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Ph.D., MBA served as CTO of RKA Enterprises LLC. Dr. Priyadarshy has over 20 years of technology expertise and extensive business acumen and currently serves as an advisor for VendorStack, Inc. Before joining Foodem.com, he served as the chief knowledge officer of Network Solutions, LLC from October 2008. He gave Network Solutions a wealth of expertise including strategic, business, and technology consulting.
He also co-founded RKR Group, Inc. Further, he has more than nine years of experience at a leading Internet company (AOL) in various roles. In his most recent role, he was the co-founder of AOL Research Labs, in the office of the CTO. He held various positions including senior research scientist among others at AOL, a unit of Time Warner, as well as multiple scientific positions at Rutgers, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Sydney, Australia.
He is an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Management and serves on the board of India International School, a non-profit organization engaged in enhancing the ancient cultural values of India. He has authored over 30 research papers and his research work has been profiled in many magazines. Dr. Priyadarshy received his MBA from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Powai, Bombay (now Mumbai).
Sara Hanks — Legal Counsel
The company’s legal counsel Sara Hanks of KHLK LLP is helping Sagoon Inc. in all the legal matters related to Regulation A+, including filing a Form 1-A covering the offering with the SEC. Hanks is the co-chair of SEC Advisory Committee on small and emerging companies. Formerly an SEC attorney and general counsel to the US Congressional Oversight Panel on TARP, she is also the CEO of CrowdCheck, a Washington DC-based compliance and diligence platform that services investment crowdfunding platforms.