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Hi, I'm Nikhil Patel

Over the course of my 15+ year career, I have designed and enhanced products with a defining strategy and vision. I have driven innovation, fostering business growth through superior product management.

About Nikhil Patel
Nikhil Patel

Expertise & Knowledge

AIREX, Inc. | 2014 — Present

Head of Product Management and Strategy

Led the strategy, design, and product teams responsible for AIREX’s cloud-based service providing the first and only independent marketplace for financial research and applications used by over 1M active investors. Identified inefficiencies in the vendor management process for large financial institutions and evangelized a robust integration and workflow management platform, AIRFlow, to streamline the onboarding of a pipeline of over 2,000 vendors and partners and decrease their time-to-market by over 50%.

The Farishta Fund | 2007 — Present

Founder and Technology Scout

Established an angel investment group focusing on seeding projects in emerging technologies such as nanotech, edutech, and machine learning. Composed a portfolio of over 20 investments, valued at over $5M, by identifying and analyzing new opportunities and strategic areas of focus, organizing and communicating with investors through meticulous due diligence and risk analysis reports. Developed a programmatic stock-trading algorithm with accompanying machine learning neural network to manage unallocated funds.

CryptoKnight Consulting Service | 2004 — Present


Diagnosed deficiencies and feature gaps and delivered innovative solutions involving crypto- and security-related implementations for clients requiring Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) hierarchy, encryption/decryption workflows, blockchain technologies, and migration from RSA to ECC certification technique.

Threat Equation | 2016 — 2017

Strategic Solutions Consultant

Formulated a multi-layered product strategy and feature roadmap for Threat Equation, a cloud-based security monitoring and risk mitigation service for developers to secure their web and mobile apps from the inside-out. Additionally, authored a machine learning algorithm for the threat detection engine and provided guidance on cryptosystems, security programming techniques, and fundraising.

1UpWallStreet | 2014 — 2015

Co-Founder and CTO

Architected and implemented an interactive, cloud-based stock modeling and trading platform based on the Growth Supply and Demand Model (GSDM), allowing over 1,000 daily active investors to either mirror or have the GSDM manage their investment portfolio. Productized the GSDM through a subscription model and packaged API to seamlessly interface with popular research and trading systems such as Bloomberg, Advent, PFG, and more.

StoreGrunt | 2014 — 2015

Strategic Solutions Consultant

Devised a product and business development strategy for Store Grunt, a mobile app for hyper-local sellers to establish an ad hoc social network and digital storefronts to sell their wares, connect with customers, and manage customer relationships. Redesigned user interface and user interaction workflows, expanded feature set to include commerce infrastructure tools, drove investment and fundraising efforts, and evangelized customer growth initiatives, peaking the daily active user base to over 300 users prior to an organizational pivot in 2015.

VersaClimber | 2014

Strategic Solutions Consultant

Prototyped a telemetry and sensor array and wireless communications device using low cost, open source hardware to retrofit over 1,000 units of VersaClimber fitness equipment to provide advanced user metrics, goal-based workout routines, and connectivity to an accompanying mobile app to schedule, record, and share workouts and workout data.

FitTrip | 2012 — 2014

Co-Founder and VP of Sales, Marketing, and Product

Conceived and developed an innovative mobile fitness app and cloud-based infrastructure allowing users to turn their cardio equipment into a passport to travel the corners of the world through an immersive video experience using their heart rate as the throttle. Generated additional business opportunities by packaging interactivity and data analytics platform for gyms and trainers. Achieved a successful (7-figure) exit in 2014.

NES Financial | 2010 — 2012

Product Management and Business Development Consultant

Designed and oversaw the implementation of the eSTAC Subaccounting System, a SaaS app enabling banks to extend their core systems with virtual subaccounting and grew the business around eSTAC by establishing a solid pipeline of new customers from banking, legal, and other sectors. Researched market trends and identified a new strategic opportunity, EB-5 visa administration, around which a business unit was established and launched NESF to the forefront of that industry with over $500M in EB-5 related revenue per year.

Barclays Global Investors | 2008 — 2010

Product Manager, Global Data Group

Led the design and development of the data architecture and web services platform to syndicate Barclay’s iShares ETF and iPath ETN investment fund data and built several internal and customer-facing tools utilizing the syndication platform such as fund fact sheets, fund screeners, and portfolio management tools.

Adteractive | 2006 — 2008

Product Management and Business Development Consultant

Managed the Transactional Ad Server, an analysis engine that examines the behavior of consumers and scores each lead based on the probability of making a sale, allowing advertisers to effectively allocate budgets and tailor offers. Organically grew a new division (the Transactional Ad Network) to $70M around this product with initial clients including Yahoo, Google, Blockbuster, and Home Depot.

Verisign | 2002 — 2005

Product Manager, Advanced Research Group

Researched and created proof-of-concepts and collaborated during implementation efforts for pioneering technologies such as Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) and Open Authentication (OATH) initiatives.

Stanford University

Certificate, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Certificate, Advanced Project Management

Santa Clara University

MS, Computer Engineering and Engineering Management
BS, Computer Science and Mathematics (Minors in Physics, Biology, and Finance)

Skill Set

Expanding skills and competencies is necessary in an ever-changing technology sector. My passion and expertise in the following categories has led to an array of successfully developed products.


Adobe CS, Sketch, InVision, Balsamiq

Related Case Studies


Android, iOS, Titanium, Kendo, PhoneGap


AngularJS, Meteor, Node, RoR, Wordpress, Amazon AWS & EC2

Hardware Prototyping

Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Autodesk, Makerbot


Lucene, ElasticSearch, Google Analytics, Marketo, Adobe Analytics


TensorFlow, H2O, R, OpenNLP, NeuralNet, Hadoop

Ready to take the next step?

I’m always looking to collaborate on interesting projects with amazing people. Please feel free to get in touch with me to discuss your next venture.