As the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Autonebula, a connected vehicle incubator/accelerator, Puri catalyzes the best and brightest startups in the U.S. and India that produce new applications for the advancement of mobility worldwide. Autonebula drives development in LIDAR, Radar, cybersecurity, AI fleet telematics, electric vehicles, mapping, ride sharing, smart parking, etc. Autonebula also provides advisory and expert services on global electric vehicles policies and due diligence for PE and VC companies looking to invest in mobility solutions besides tracking the startups in this segment through a proprietary startup tracker.
A highly sought-after speaker and media contributor, Puri has spoken on mobility solutions at the China Telematics and Connected Vehicles Summit, the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and at other conferences and forums. He has been published and quoted in Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Hindu, Inc. 42, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Times of India, etc. He has hosted numerous conferences and roundtable discussions in cooperation with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, and moderated Q&A sessions on Capitol Hill. He has testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs as an expert witness on U.S.-India relations, trade and energy. He has presented at the Wharton India Forum, Harvard Business School, National War College, Heritage Foundation, International Leadership Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, Duke India Business Forum, Kellogg School of Management, etc. He has also been featured on CNN, BBC and National Public Radio (NPR). Puri organized key political and corporate meetings during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S., and continues to lead business delegations to India. He actively engages public officials at federal, state and local levels of government.
Puri is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Passengers of Automated Vehicles Association (PAVA) and serves on the board of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). He founded Optimos Inc., a strategy and enterprise information technology company that was sold in 2014. He started his entrepreneurial journey in 1994 through a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) where he led a team that used artificial intelligence techniques to diagnose patients with Alzheimer’s. His clients have included the Library of Congress, Federal Reserve Bank, U.S. Mint, and the National Labor Relations Board. Puri is the founder and CEO of Wellisen, a break-through nutraceuticals and personal care company committed to ameliorating world hunger and advancing health and wellness across the globe; and ACEL360, a multi-module accelerator for diverse companies seeking to navigate Federal processes. Puri founded the Alliance for U.S.-India Business (AUSIB) and the United States India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) to bring about outcomes that matter to India and Indian Americans. Puri holds an MBA in Finance and Investments from George Washington University. He has been recognized in the U.S. Congressional Record for his achievements
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His expertise includes working at the Deshpande Foundation Sandbox Accelerator while mentoring social entrepreneurs and executives. He’s an active panel member involved for various NGOs focused on child, youth and women empowerment. His Passion Framework blog uses poetry and stories to explain entrepreneurship success .
Prakash has scaled startups and built ODC for Info Electronic Systems and Shell Information Technologies, delivered high tech projects for Furnace Automation, Engine Monitoring, ARDE Bombshell Automation, Weather Protocol Implementation for airport applications, a weather monitoring System for IMD, Integrated Watershed Management and Rural Applications. He’s also conducted vulnerability assessments for various telecom, banking and legal applications.
In 2015 he won the Best Social Media Innovation Award for PCombinator, was a Recipient of Karmaveer Fellowship Award and was nominated for Best Innovation Award for Entrepreneur Game by GHRC.
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