Ottomate: Providing the Freedom To Innovate, Learn & Grow

Vishal Sehgal, Sunil Bhalla & Rakesh Malhotra, Co-Founders, Amit Khosla,Director Product Operations

Vishal Sehgal

Co-Founder & CEO

An author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek once quoted, ‘Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first’. This ideology has become the guiding light for Ottomate, a company which endeavors to make its employees embody the brand. Thus, Ottomate has pushed its comfort boundaries to create an ownership-led culture among employees so that innovation becomes a habit in the company. Thanks to the founders – Vishal Sehgal, Sunil Bhalla, Rakesh Malhotra, Amit Khosla and Radhakrishna Adyanthaya – who have steered Ottomate in this direction, the company has grown to 200+ employees across its offices in Gurgaon, Bangalore, and Mumbai. No surprise then that within six months of its inception, Ottomate has acquired 100,000+ customers, with a growing distribution footprint of 10,000+ retail franchisees across India with 100+ distributor partners.

Employees – Pillars of Strength
Ottomate’s management board consists of professional- cum-entrepreneurs with complementary strengths in product innovation, retail distribution, and brand building. The complementary strengths, coupled with their shared vision and values, make collaboration a relatively easier task where each brings his best on the table while helping the other to fine-tune his strategy and execution journey. The overall company environment is underlined by co-ownership, where each person is encouraged to work independently and with self-governance rather than through push and external stimulus. “Our basic belief is that people work best when they work for themselves, rather than for their boss or superior. As long as you deliver the desired output, and stay overall within the company’s direction, culture, and shared values, you are independent to choose your path and methods,” affirms Vishal Sehgal, Co-Founder & CEO, Ottomate.

Ottomate is a startup, and its recruitment is based on three simple criteria - professional competence, entrepreneurial mind-set, and
collaborative demeanour. The key benefit it intends to offer to employees is the opportunity to own part of the company through shares and ESOP. The company also gives its employees the liberty to take decisions, as it believes that a wrong decision is always better than no decision at all. To keep its employees abreast of the latest technologies, Ottomate organizes rigorous internal and external training. The employees are also encouraged to take job responsibility one step ahead of their experience and competence. These ahead-of-the-curve investments in people breed a higher sense of responsibility and leadership among them.

About Ottomate
Ottomate is a young startup that entered the fan market in 2019. The company’s SMART Series fans are the world’s first truly smart fans, loaded with temperature & humidity sensors, coupled with Qualcomm’s SOC for connectivity and command processing. After an initial soft launch with one model, Ottomate expanded its product range to cover the entire range, from ceiling fans to portable fans and fresh air exhaust fans. Armed with a complete range of entry to premium smart fans, each of which is smart and aestheticallydesigned at value-for-money prices, the company is currently growing its distribution and service footprintacross India with simultaneous launch across all states and key cities. The Ottomate product is 100 percent ‘Design in India’ and ‘Make in India’ compliant. Its Bangalore based R&D team has deep experience in connectivity technology, sensors, and AI/ML/ Cloud architecture.

Ottomate product is 100 percent `design in india' and `make in india' compliant

Vishal Sehgal, Co-Founder & CEO
Vishal has an experience of 28+ years in varied industries in the telecom & FMCG space, including the last 10 years as Co-Founder of Lava International in the smartphone space.

Sunil Bhalla, Co-Founder & Director
With over 30 years of experience, Sunil started his career with Maruti, but quickly turned into an entrepreneur co-founding two very successful companies in the Indian brands space ­ Luminous and Lava International. His strengths are in overall Business Management, Strategic Planning and Marketing & Sales.

Amit Khosla, Director Product Operations
Amit has 3 decades of experience including International work with Japanese/ Korean MNCs in the field of Manufacturing/ R&D/ Procurement/ SCM. His expertise is in the field of creating vision, empowering Mentoring team to deliver strong revenue & profit through Excellence in Execution & Participative Management.

Rakesh Malhotra, Co-Founder
Rakesh Malhotra, carries with him an illustrious business background spanning close to 30 years of experience in Energy, Energy Storage, Research & Development and Clean Tech. He also has wide experience in building brands and distribution in India, Asia and Africa with five successful businesses.

Radhakrishna Adyanthaya, Director Retail Operations
With an extensive experience of 35 years in Sales, Marketing and Vendor Development, RadhaKrishna as Executive President & Business Head -built Bajaj Fans to a 1000 crores brand, besides successfully Launching the Bajaj Air-Cooler Business. Subsequently as President and COO at Polycab Wires Ltd., he took the business to 250 crores revenue in three years.