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‘The Business of Missed Calls’

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Valerie RozyckiIt is always a pleasure to know about different experiences in entrepreneurship and women foraying into entrepreneurship. This leads to a motivation to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Meet Ms Valerie Rozycki, who founded a company ZipDial-an innovative mobile engagement platform based on "missed calls". The company, founded out of India where Valerie has spent half of her career, is building services that are the simplest and lowest cost for both the mass market of end users as well as both large and small businesses.

“After working in the Indian mobile communications industry we knew that Indians have used mobile device at its best. They love to chat with friends and family, use utility based services through mobile but at the same time they would like to save their money. In that bid, they prefer to make a miss-call. We understood this behavior of mobile subscriber and found that there is a good potential for an application around this miss-call business,” says Valerie Rozycki.

Valerie – US national left her country and came to India and fell in love with the culture here.

Valerie earned both her Bachelors in Public Policy and Masters in Economic Sociology from Stanford University where she graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa. Valerie is a published writer on her independent research on microfinance in India and South America as well as an invited speaker to a variety of international forums for her work with technologies that empower the mass market.

Valerie added, “I love the country, I am really fond of the culture and after coming here for work, I realized that this is best place for me.”

Valerie has spent nearly 4 years living outside of her home in the US, including 3 of those years in India.  She cannot live without travel and exploring new places, cultures, foods and most importantly new colorful people.

 

Before ZipDial, Valerie served as Head - Strategic Initiatives at mChek, the market leading mobile payments provider in India. There she was solely responsible for building the business for the Bottom of the Pyramid mass market segment and services to bank the unbanked. Valerie built the BOP business from scratch, driving product development based on in-depth customer research as well as launching the services into the market with new banking and telecom partnerships.

 

Valerie's early career was spent in the Silicon Valley where at eBay she led product management and marketing initiatives for local trade as well as cross-border trade. Before that she served as a founding team member of two startups, Ning and SayNow, helping both companies launch into the market.

 

Valerie is a lover of the outdoors, and when not working she enjoys any and all kinds of sports and challenges.  Her favorites in particular are tennis, hiking, surfing and mountain biking.  Apart from this, Valerie also loves dance.  Across all forms and including learning, performing or watching, dance is very close to her heart.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:50 )  

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