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Idea Entity was not established as an overnight sensation by Venu Yerra. The company was built on a rock-solid foundation of technical experience with a touch of imagination by the entrepreneur based on his own knowledge of how technology could be used to drive excellence in business.
Venu was schooled in India—earning his advanced electrical engineering degree from Jawaharial Nehru Technical University—but he received his real education at Microsoft in Redmond, where he spent 7 years. There, he developed technical solutions to support product pricing and release strategy within Microsoft.
“It has been amazing to watch Venu translate IT strategies into tangible ROI for clients from diverse areas of business,” said John Strathy, the CFO at Idea Entity, who joined Venu when he opened the doors to his dream in 2006. “His goal has always been to provide value beyond what is expected. Clients remember our work and follow his roadmap long after we have completed an assigned project.”
His willingness to grant ownership of challenges to his employees is apparent in every corner of the Idea Entity offices in Bellevue, WA. Venu is living proof that bright professionals thrive when trusted with the tools and the freedom to deliver results in creative ways.
When not transforming ideas to reality, Venu enjoys reading, mentoring, and running.
After working in various capacities for some of the most prestigious firms in the world, the decision to join Idea Entity as head of operations and business development was the logical step for RK Vadlani. Since his graduation from Nagarjuna University in 1994, RK had served as an administrator with the industrial power division of Rolls Royce, as a project coordinator with Ericsson and as the services manager with Microsoft.
“Different companies and different products, but each company was the most respected in its industry,” said RK. “Idea Entity may be smaller in scale, but the benefits we provide to business clients are equally vital and critical to the bottom line.”
Starting with the clean white board approach that has become the trademark of innovation at Idea Entity, RK established a workplace culture at the India branch in 2008 that reflects the informal environment at the corporate offices of Idea Entity in Bellevue, WA. He credits the relaxed atmosphere and focus on the needs of the client for the company’s impressive productivity and remarkable employee loyalty, with an attrition rate of less than five percent. “We offer the opportunity to utilize the latest advancements from Microsoft and work closely with our counterparts in the America. Those two factors have helped Idea Entity attract some of the
brightest minds in all of India,” he concluded. “Providing our team with stimulating challenges in a global marketplace has quickly established us as an up-and-comer among the giant names in technology.”
John Strathy is the Chief Financial Officer of Idea Entity Corporation and has been with Idea Entity since 2006. His primary responsibilities are for the financial and business operations. While at Idea Entity, he has helped lead the company to being recognized for 223% revenue growth over a three year period on the 2011 Inc 5000 list and 80% revenue growth over a three year period on the 2012 Inc 5000 list.
Idea Entity has also been selected as a Top 100 Best Places to Work by the Seattle Business Magazine for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. John has 11 years in working with finance operations and 14 years managing business operations.
Over the last 15 years he has been focused in the areas of financial management, operations management, project management, and real estate development. Mr. Strathy has held management positions with family businesses, start-ups, and SMB enterprises throughout his career.
Mr. Strathy is an alumnus of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Mr. Strathy is involved in various organizations such as the Grow 50, Keiretsu Forum, CXO Collective, and Bellevue Rotary.
Alex Kakar, joined Idea Entity team in 2011 to lead the Federal sector Strategy and Business Development effort. Alex was promoted to the Director, Strategy and Business Development overseeing the Company’s long-term planning processes and managing a pipeline of new growth opportunities, including strategic alliances, to ensure the successful growth and profitability of the organization.
Alex also is engaged in day-to-day operations, Project Management, and as the Business Analyst serving as the liaison among business partners and project stakeholders to recommend solutions that will enable the business to achieve its goals.
Alex is been a key driver of Entity’s growth in the Federal and Public sector and guiding the company’s corporate brand and service offerings through a period of high growth and significant change in the IT industry.
Alex has led high-level strategic planning for start-ups, turnarounds, high growth companies, directly responsible for formulating successful win strategies to position the companies to secure new business through full life cycle capture strategy, strategic partnership and competitive positioning in the public and commercial sectors.
As a graduate of Kellogg School of Management, Alex is pursuing his PMP certification.
Satish Kumar Dugasani
Satish Kumar Dugasani, a Masters in Computer Science is an avid Microsoft Technologist and his career of more than a decade stems primarily in leading projects and team around Microsoft SharePoint Technology. He has overseen and managed many complex SharePoint projects that spanned geographies and is well versed in the best industry methodologies and practices for the implementations of SharePoint projects. Dugasani started his career as a Software Engineer and relentlessly focused on enhancing his knowledge in the concurrent advancement of SharePoint Technology and eventually moved into the program management of projects built on SharePoint Technology platforms.