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Idris Kothari

Idris Kothari

VP, Vasona Systems International LLC

Idris Kothari serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Vertical Systems Inc. Mr. Kothari is a both an innovative scientist and a visionary entrepreneur, he has co-founded and held senior engineering positions at several successful high-tech start-up firms - notably VPNet Technologies, VIA Technologies, and SLI Systems - that focused on such specialized areas as PC chip-sets, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), search engine optimization (SEO), and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). He is a founding member and Chairman of OPEN Silicon Valley, a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship and leadership among the area’s Pakistani-American residents. He served as President of Silicon Valley. He is a board member of several other civic groups, including the NED Alumni Association of Silicon Valley and Friends of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) USA. From 2002 to 2005, he served on the first global board of directors of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and helped to start TiE chapters in Karachi as well as Lahore. Mr. Kothari earned two undergraduate degrees at schools in Karachi, Pakistan - one in physics at SM Science College and the other in electrical engineering at NED Engineering University. He earned a master degree in computer science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.