e-filing startup ClearTax hires top Flipkart talent

Bengaluru, April 22 (IANS) Three top techies of Flipkart have joined leading e-filing website ClearTax, as the exodus from the homegrown e-retail marketplace continues.

“The appointment of three veteran professionals — Prasanth Nair, Aakash Bapna and Jai Santosh — will bring in critical domain-specific expertise to our team and help propel us to the next phase of our growth journey,” said ClearTax founder-CEO Archit Gupta in a statement.

Nair will be vice president – engineering, apart from heading the product and technology group at ClearTax. Bapna and Santosh have been roped in as senior software engineers.

As director engineering at Flipkart, Nair was responsible for scaling up the company’s fulfilment platform.

Bapna helmed Flipkart’s front-end systems and teams from scratch while Santosh was busy with software engineering and tech development, the statement said.

“Given its focus on technology as a solution enabler, ClearTax is solving a real problem for the Indian consumer by making the process of filing taxes and financial savings simpler and more efficient,” said Santosh.

Founded in 2011 by IIT-Guwahati pass-out Archit Gupta, his chartered accountant father Raja Ram Gupta, Srivatsan Chari and Ankit Solanki, ClearTax enables individuals to file their tax returns online through its website.

“All a user has to do is upload their Form-16 PDF and the ClearTax software prepares the tax return instantly and automatically,” said the statement.

In the assessment year 2014-15, ClearTax processed e-filings for 300,000 individuals, which increased to an estimated one million people in 2015-16 fiscal.

Meanwhile, the list of top-level exits at Flipkart is only rising with the departure of its chief product officer Punit Soni, head of commerce platform Mukesh Bansal, chief business officer Ankit Nagori, Manish Maheshwari, CTO Amod Malvyia and senior vice president Sameer Nigam.



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