Nikesh Desai

Nikesh Desai

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Nikesh Desai is a Founder and Co-CEO of InvestingChannel, the largest and most innovative online financial marketing platform that spans the complete finance spectrum. In his role, Nikesh leads the company's overall strategic direction, and has been the key figure in building the largest exclusive consortium of financial decisions at InvestingChannel. Through its portfolio of 150+ financial publishers, InvestingChannel connects brands like TD Ameritrade, BlackRock and Fidelity, with the right people in the ecosystem: investors, traders and financial professionals. Prior to founding InvestingChannel, he served as the Vice President of Business Development at where he implemented strategic initiatives and new technologies. He was also one of the original members of PeoplePC’s business development team and was instrumental during its IPO process and sale to EarthLink. Throughout his career, Nikesh focused on product development, sales, strategic partnerships and acquisition activities.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Giant Step Strategies, InvestingChannel's initial underpinning, successfully helped major financial media companies with their ad strategies which created the demand and impetus for InvestingChannel.

  • At, Nikesh was responsible for the partnerships, contextual advertising, co-registration, customer acquisition/lead generation and many other programs to increase revenue, drive traffic and enhance site performance.

  • At PeoplePC, he was involved with all sales, strategic partnerships and acquisition activities, including prospecting, development, negotiation and closure.

  • He started his career as an investment banker with Robertson Stephens involved in public offerings and mergers & acquisitions aggregating over $1 billion with Internet and software companies.