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Nik Kalyani

United States
Entrepreneur, co-founder/CTO WhenHub, co-founder DNN Software; founder Walkstarter; Open Source proponent; Microsoft MVP; tech geek; creative thinker; husband; dad


I am an entrepreneur currently working on WhenHub, an early-stage SaaS platform that makes it easy for anybody to curate and tell stories with time (

I also co-founded DNN Software (formerly DotNetNuke Corp.), the company behind DNN, a very popular Open Source CMS in the Microsoft ecosystem. As the company's former CEO, I played a key role in securing DotNetNuke Corp's first round of venture funding from August Capital and Sierra Ventures in 2008. Since then, DNN has grown to be the largest Open Source project on the Microsoft technology stack. Prior to DNN, I created two other tech startups, one venture-funded and one self-funded.

I excel at two things: leadership and building products. I have the talent, experience and drive needed to assemble a great team and build a world-class product. Equally technical and creative, I also have real-world sales, marketing and software engineering expertise that have contributed greatly to my success. 

I speak frequently at technical conferences, compete in Hackathons for the sheer joy of under-pressure coding and have significant Open Source contributions. I was born and raised in Bombay, India, a city that is dear to my heart. I came to the U.S. for a bachelor's degree and stayed on to become a citizen.

I am very committed to getting more kids interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Through a variety of organizations, I volunteer and teach kids programming at various venues, including sessions sponsored by Microsoft.

Specialties: Visionary leadership, technical strategy and architecture, UI and UX development, brand development, marketing, social networking applications, raising venture capital, public speaking and graphic design.