Redwood City, Calif., February 11, 2016 — App Orchid, Inc., a developer of cognitive computing apps powered by artificial intelligence, has announced the appointment of Bankim Gopani to its Board of Directors.
Mr. Gopani brings 23 years of experience as a successful private equity professional, operating executive, and entrepreneur in the Information Technology, Business Services, Communications, Water, and Green Energy industries. His operational leadership roles include CEO, CFO, and Chief Corporate Development Officer.
As a Private Equity professional, Gopani has championed numerous investments in companies were he has served as an active board member, built management teams, guided portfolio companies for IPO preparations and strategic exit via M&A, and led fund-raising activities. His private equity career began at GE Equity where he earned the Winner’s Circle Award for being a top global performer with demonstrated results for 12 investments. He was then hand-picked by two Fortune 100 CEOs to lead Information Technology investments for Arlington Capital Partners where he originated and championed transactions. Later during the “dot-com crash” he was selected as one of two professionals (out of 60) to restructure the top 6 portfolio companies of an Internet incubator as a leading Board Member.
“Bankim’s proven track record in business lifecycle management, as both an operational executive and a private equity professional, will provide an invaluable addition to our Board of Directors,” said App Orchid Chief Executive Officer, Krishna Kumar. “We look forward to his wisdom and guidance as we continue to build our technology platform and customer base, and structure the company for continued success.”
“App Orchid’s platform is at the intersection of Cognitive Computing, Big Data Analytics and Natural Language Processing,” said Gopani. “The company’s ability to leverage a broad spectrum of tribal knowledge, and create powerful Apps for enterprises based on its competency in artificial intelligence is truly remarkable. I am delighted to join its Board of Directors, and am looking forward to supporting Krishna and his team.”
Gopani’s entrepreneurial experience includes being Founder and CEO of Best Search Inc., an information screening SaaS firm serving mid-large clients. His firm provided cutting-edge technology solutions to many industry leaders. Gopani earned his MBA from Wharton as a Palmer Scholar, and BAS from Stern School (NYU) with Summa Cum Laude Honors. His experience prior to Business School was as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs.