Big Shot: Subhransu Mukherjee
Position: Chief Executive, blinkx
There has been a game of musical chairs at the top of one of Britain’s fastest-growing technology companies after the blinkx founder Suranga Chandratillake switched roles with his chief operating officer Subhransu “Brian” Mukherjee. Mr Mukherjee, an Indian-born Silicon Valley veteran, joined blinkx when it acquired his business PVMG last year and has been promoted from chief operating officer to chief executive within nine months.
Mr Chandratillake, who led blinkx’s spin-out from the Cambridge software group Autonomy, will take the role of president and chief strategy officer, which means he will continue to lead product development. Mr Mukherjee will integrate the group’s PVMG and Burst Media businesses and try to raise the share price.
blinkx, a video search engine, grew by a factor of ten between 2010 and 2011 but a profit warning in April undermined its reputation as a high-growth business, even though it achieved a revenue improvement of 72 percent last year.
Mr Mukherjee moved to the US to study engineering and spent seven years as a structural engineer before completing an MBA at the University of Chicago. He joined the rush to become a dot-com millionaire in 1999 be becoming a digital media specialist. “It was the thing to do at the time,” he said. He met Mr Chandratillake five years ago and they hit it off. “It was almost like he was a lost cousin.” He described blinkx as “bi-continental” when asked about working for a British business in Silicon Valley. “We get the best of both worlds. The brains trust coming out of Cambridge and the residency in the Valley.” He is married with two children and is trying to gain his pilot’s license.