Silicon Valley Professional who has held multiple executive positions for the past decade. Driven Technologist, Product Thought Leader & Strategist!
Technology Leader with proven track record of leading large engineering teams, Scaling Engineering Organizations and Scaling Growth Stage Startups.
Currently Enabling Transformation & Growth for Mobile @ Square
Prior, Headed Consumer Engineering & Incubation for Realtor.com. Defining Technology Strategy, Product Strategy and primarily delivering compelling consumer products across different product lines and across platforms (Desktop, Mobile, IOS & Android Native Apps).
Prior, As Head of Engineering & Site Lead @Vuclip led a team of 120+ Engineers for Vuclip’s Cloud SaaS Product. With strategic & tactical leadership & a deep-dive approach led the large engineering team towards excellence on Product, Process & People fronts.
Successfully plagued with the startup virus in the valley – did 2 startups.
Sonali was a Founding Member of a startup in Cisco – ‘Network Collaboration Business Unit’. The business started from a mere concept of ‘network based search’ and evolved into a unique product which offered the Enterprises a Knowledge Discovery Platform leveraging the data from the networks.
Childhood / Young Days:
“Born in Barshi, Solapur I spent most of my childhood in Pune. I did my schooling in Abhinav Vidyalaya, (rarely) attended SP College and then moved onto the dream college for every Punekar – COEP.
My father was my powerhouse and biggest influence along with my mother who was and still is the backbone of support for me.”
Beginning of Career:
“I came to the US in 1997 for my Masters, settled in the US, returned back to Pune in 2011- spent an amazing 5 years in Pune and then returned back to my second home land called the bay area in 2016. Happily settled here now”
“Started in the Telecom industry (making some use of my BE,E&TC and my Masters in Computer Networking), After spending about 8 years in Cisco, I realized I wanted to be in a more dynamic and fast paced industry and switched gears into the data analytics space. I cofounded a business unit for Cisco (called Network Collaboration Business Unit) and took this startup from 0 to 10M in revenue in a matter of 3 years. I then did a startup of my own ’10jumps’ where we built a SAP HANA based Proactive Network Management Product. 10Jumps got acquired in 2014. I then took on the role of VP/Head of Engineering for Vuclip heading their 100+ people team where my key charter was to scale the engineering at the fast paced scale of growth of the business. After Vuclip, I was Head of Consumer Engineering for realtor.com and now am Heading Mobile (Product and Engineering) in a General Manager capacity for Square”
“I always think of ways to give back to the community. I am and plan to focus on elevating women in the workforce through providing coaching, guidance and inspiration. I am Yoga Teacher and plan to spread health and calmness to the world through yoga. I am also affiliated with a number of charitable organizations including American Indian Foundation and a number of others based in Pune.
I hold a dear place in my heart for Maharashtrians and would be happy to contribute to our community”
Full house with a husband, 2 daughters and my dear mother.
“I have always been a Passionate Advocate for Women in the Workforce. I decided to turn my passion into action and wrote this book to help fellow sisters in their constant tug of war of family vs career. Elle-vate is a self help book for women that enables women to reach their fullest career potential, while balancing their traditional responsibilities. Though, my biggest life lessons have been learnt parenting my 2 daughters who are now amazing teenagers. The book was launched at an International Literary Festival in India amidst a lot of fan fare. The book is a small step towards my grand goal of creating a better world for Working Women.”