Founder and CEO, BOT VFX

Hitesh is a serial entrepreneur whose passions lie at the intersection of creativity, technology, and business, where he has adeptly applied his entrepreneurial and business leadership skills for over 20 years. This unique mix of skills is reflected in the unusual blend of accomplishments, which include founder of numerous companies, VFX producer credits on numerous films including Spider-man 3, management consult to Fortune 500 clients in technology and telecom, and co-author of a patent on speech recognition applications.

In late 2003 Hitesh founded and ran FrameFlow – one of the pioneer outsourcing companies in visual effects services – which was later sold to Sony Pictures Entertainment to become Imageworks’ India arm. Within several years of launching FrameFlow, the company had several major clients including Imageworks and ILM, and worked on feature films such as Click, Spider-man 3, Ghost Rider, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Last Mimsy, I am Legend, and Hancock. After selling the company to Sony in early 2007, Hitesh continued to run the company as a co-Managing Director and oversaw its transition and integration into Sony Pictures until mid-2008. Hitesh also founded BOT VFX, a specialized post-production outsourcing services company serving the film, TV and advertising industry clients in US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia. Most recently, he founded The Z Effect, a company focused on supporting 2D to 3D conversion of filmed content. Through the companies he has founded, Hitesh has worked for over 100 post production and VFX facilities on dozens of film projects and hundreds of ad projects. Recent projects his companies have worked on include Invictus, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II, Priest, Conan the Barbarian, Green Lantern, Water for Elephants and Horrible Bosses. Hitesh is a Visual Effects Society Member.

Prior to coming onto the VFX stage, Hitesh has also consulted to many Fortune 500 companies in North America, Europe and Asia while at Gemini Consulting, a management consultancy. He engaged on business issues ranging from growth strategies to IT strategy development. His experience in the telecom industry includes senior management roles at AT&T where he held various positions in strategy, marketing, and new business creation. Hitesh’s early career included research and engineering roles at Bellcore (sister company to Bell Labs), IBM, and Northern Telecom.

Hitesh is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), a nonprofit organization with 50 international chapters created by successful entrepreneurs to foster and support entrepreneurship. He is a mentor to other aspiring entrepreneurs and occasional speaker at conferences and universities. Hitesh’s academic background reflects his passion for business and technology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from NYU, a Master’s in Computer Engineering from USC, and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife of 22 years, and two daughters.

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