Founder at The Smart Start Fund


Prashant K. “PK” Gulati is a technology innovator, angel investor, mentor, idea accelerator, and writer with over two decades of experience building, investing in and supporting technology companies. He currently serves as the CEO of Optimistix Ventures, a venture catalyst and consulting company based in Dubai Internet City, and he is the Founder of the SmartStart Fund, via which he invests in early stage startups. With a portfolio of ventures in India, Middle East and US, he provides mentorship to startups at various levels, and works to connect technology clusters around the world, building bridges between India, the Arab world, and Silicon Valley. PK also serves as a Trustee on the Global Board of TiE, the Chairman of Gulfcom Group, and the Chairman of Prokraft Group, India, and is a board member for the Indian Documentary Foundation, the in5 incubator at TECOM, and the Dubai Enterprise Centre. PK holds an M.S. with Honors in Computer Science and Management.