Nikhil Punwaney

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Nikhil Punwaney is an American entrepreneur. Nikhil started DeepBench Inc. in 2017.[1]

Nikhil Punwaney, founder of DeepBench Inc.Nikhil Punwaney, founder of DeepBench Inc.


DeepBench Inc.


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Early Career

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DeepBench Inc.

Nikhil started DeepBench Inc. in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on DeepBench Inc.?

Yishi, Derek, Devin, and I met in the fall of 2017 in a class, New Enterprises, while studying at MIT. The three of them were in their first year of the Sloan MBA program and I was in my final year of the undergraduate program studying Computer Science.

Make your product excel at what it is meant to do and then people will start to consider you an expert. You don’t have to be the best at everything, just be the best at what you choose to do.

The class required students to split into groups that contained a hustler, a hipster, and a hacker and take a product from ideation to execution. The three others had worked with expert networks before and found them to be slow, expensive, unsecured, and disjointed in finding the right advisors. They thought technology could solve most of these problems and MIT would be a good place to build that out! I personally had not heard about expert networks before but was eager to learn about the consulting and startup spaces so I joined them (as the hacker).

During that class, we drew up the entire pipeline, from the time a request comes in, through outreach, onboarding, and scheduling to payment processing. For our first project, we stayed up pretty late doing the entire process manually and after that struggle, we immediately got started on automating it.

Towards the end of the summer, we were invited to be a part of the DeltaV cohort in New York and decided to take the opportunity. We made good headway that summer and that experience made me want to continue working on it through the next year alongside a Masters's program. Through that academic year, our advisor base and client list grew and we hired our first Client Associate. I have been working on DeepBench ever since!

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