Move Signals the Emergence of FirstRain India as Central R&D Hub
San Mateo, California, April 19, 2011 - FirstRain, the innovative Business Monitoring Engine™ used by business professionals to track the critical developments impacting their business, today announced that Aparna Gupta has been promoted to the role of managing director of FirstRain’s India-based research and development center. As leader of FirstRain’s cross-functional India operations, Aparna will be tasked with developing further links between FirstRain’s core engineering and analytics teams, continuing her track record of fostering innovative research and development, and serving as a key member of the FirstRain leadership team.
“Aparna has been instrumental in developing a strong R&D organization in Gurgaon,” said Penny Herscher, CEO of FirstRain. “The success of our solutions is a direct result of our focus on technology and the innovations emerging from our engineering and analytics teams. Aparna has been a key leader in this important transformation across our business.”
The emergence of FirstRain India as a core part of the firm’s innovation engine was underscored by FirstRain COO, YY Lee: “Many of FirstRain’s patents for our differentiating technology are co-authored by engineers in our Gurgaon R&D center and in San Mateo, CA. While so many other firms are simply outsourcing their development to India, FirstRain is leveraging the technical expertise of Aparna and her team to help create the best business monitoring solution on the market.”
Since joining FirstRain in 2001, Aparna has held a variety of technical leadership roles from software engineering, to R&D and product and release management. Prior to FirstRain, Aparna was a Research Associate at International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB), at Amdale Software Technologies, a telecom solutions company and with Logiciel Information System Pvt Limited, a software consultancy affiliated with the United Nations. Aparna holds a Master in Engineering Sciences from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai.
FirstRain is a Business Monitoring Engine™ that helps Marketing, Sales, and Finance professionals ensure thy never miss critical developments impacting their industry, company, and business. FirstRain’s patented semantic categorization technology instantly cuts through the clutter of consumer Web content, delivering only highly relevant content from the business Web to individuals or whole enterprises. Partners include leading research platforms such as Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor’s), Dun & Bradstreet, FactSet Research Systems, Fidelity.com, Mergent, Seeking Alpha, and SalesForce.com. FirstRain is a privately held company headquartered in San Mateo, California, with additional offices in New York, and Gurgaon, India. For more information, please visit www.firstrain.com.