Santanu Das received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1995 (graduating the top of his class) and was awarded a full graduate scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he taught numerical methods and object-oriented programming (C and C++) to engineers. After college, Santanu worked in the finance industry and in particular, the options market.
In 1998, Santanu joined Research Engineers International as a senior programmer and helped transform the world-renowned STAAD structural line of products into an open architecture platform where other applications could seamlessly integrate. As the company grew, he was responsible for setting up direct sales offices in Southeast Asia and helped create a large reseller channel to take the STAAD product line global in addition to setting up private, authorized training centers. Sales grew from $3MM/yr to $9MM/yr during this transition.
In 2001, Santanu helped start a new document collaboration and ASP (Application Service Provider) company for engineers called Web4. This company was strategically positioned to help automate an engineer’s workflow including managing RFIs, change orders, clash detections, markup, document revision and management and real time Web-based collaboration. Web4 was aimed at mid-sized discrete manufacturing companies looking to implement a web-based PLM solution. In 2002, Santanu merged Web4 with Research Engineers (then a public company) and became the new Chief Operating Officer. The company was renamed to netGuru, a publically listed company on the NASDAQ. At its peak, netGuru generated over $40MM in revenues and was involved in IT services, document management, engineering analysis and VoIP services to India.
After selling Research Engineers to Bentley Systems in 2005 and Web4 to another public company in 2006, Santanu currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Design and Simulation group where he helps manage over $300MM in revenues. In his spare time, Santanu teaches Scratch programming at local schools where his kids attend and hosts some killer Scratch parties from time to time!