Meet our Team
Rohit Vashisht/Co-Founder & CEO
A passionate techie, sports fanatic, voracious reader, and an entrepreneur since college days-Rohit has been driven by Ayn Rand's philosophy from a young age. He started his first venture after graduating from engineering school and later founded a well-funded startup that built an equity research platform. Sverve is his third stint with entrepreneurship.
Rohit is an engineer from The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), a premier engineering school in India, and an MBA from Stern, NYU. He has over 13 years of experience in software development, architecture, sales and product management. As CEO of Sverve, Rohit is responsible for product management, business development, and overall direction of the company.
Vikas Gupta/Co-Founder & CTO
A cricket and stand-up comedy fan, a human encyclopedia for his 7-year old daughter, and a perfectionist when it comes to coding-Vikas is deeply passionate about technology, web architecture and programming. He brings 15 years of experience in web software development and architecture to Sverve and is a champion of web technologies.
Sverve is Vikas' second stint at entrepreneurship. As the CTO of Sverve, Vikas is responsible for product development, architecture and technology. He also actively participates in product vision, market launch, and positioning of the company.
Susan Coates/Senior Manager of Communications
Susan Coates, Senior Manager of Communications, brings several years of blogging experience to the Sverve team. She is the owner and author of thespincycleblog.com, a humor/lifestyle/parenting blog. Sue holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
She spent eight years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom to boy/girl twins (age 12) and a nine year-old son. Sue uses her passion for social media and writing to help us build bridges between our Influencers and brands.
Lucia Manzo/Brand Relationship Manager
Originally from the New York City area, Lucia Manzo graduated from Columbia University with a double major in Economics and Italian Cultural Studies in 2008. After graduation, she spent the following 4.5 years working for BlackRock, an asset manager with approximately $3.6 trillion under management.
Lucia has always fostered a deep curiosity for Technology, Start-Ups, and the Social Media community. These curiosities lead her to Sverve where she works as the Brand Relationship Manager, bringing companies face to face with the impact of online Influencers. Lucia is focused on Brand Engagement. In her role, she creates brand outreach strategies and executes sales operations for the continued growth of the company.
Lucia's favorite hobbies include traveling (especially to Italy), learning languages, playing music, remaining active in her community, and reading - particularly books on Psychology and Neuroscience.
Lucia also loves to chat. What are you curious about? Drop her line.
Usha Iyer/Board Member
Usha is SVP of product management and marketing at Vistaar Technologies. She brings over 15 years of technical and business expertise to this role. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Maharashtra Institute of Engineering, Pune, India and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Memphis.
A mother of two and an accomplished business woman, she is voice of moms on Sverve's board.
Mariya Chekmarova/Web Designer
Mariya is in her final semester at Northeastern University where she is completing her B.A. in Art with a minor in Urban Studies. Having studied graphic design and photography as part of her major, her interests include finding the point of collaboration and interrelation between these two, amongst other, mediums or practices.
She is also interested in connections between media and space as well as a keen interest in cinema. In her free time she enjoys yoga and the outdoors.