akshay kothari

Akshay Kothari

Chief Operations Officer
BSEE 2007

Akshay Kothari currently holds the position of Chief Operations Officer for Notion, having begun serving in this capacity in September of 2018. Akshay Kothari was named Head of LinkedIn India in January 2016. Prior to this he had been a product manager at LinkedIn for Pulse, an application he created, since April 2013. Akshay’s employment at LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, began when he sold Pulse to LinkedIn.
Founded in 2010 by Akshay and a classmate from Stanford, Pulse is an award-winning newsreader app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, and the web. Pulse has been named to Apple’s App Store Hall of Fame, chosen as an Android Editor’s Choice app, selected as one of TIME’s top 50 iPhone apps of 2011, and honored with the Apple Design Award. At the time it was acquired by LinkedIn, Pulse served about 30 million users in more than 190 countries. More than 750 of the world’s leading publishers distribute their content through Pulse.
Akshay and his Pulse co-founder established Alphonso Labs in 2010 to support Pulse. The pair succeeded at raising funds and selling the app before the acquisition of their company in 2013. Mr. Kothari also worked as an investment analyst at SDL Ventures, founded by Purdue alumnus Dr. Don Scifres (BSEE ‘68), from June 2007 to May 2008.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Purdue, Akshay earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2010. Akshay received Purdue University’s Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award in 2014.