Rishi Israni has been interested in computers and technology for as long as he can remember. Software was his passion and after he moved to Singapore he attended the National University of Singapore and earned a degree in Computer Science. Nokia mobile phones were all the rage, but they were also very expensive. Losing one was problematic and Rishi and his friends founded a company called tenCube and developed a software suite called WaveSecure that allowed phone owners to ‘locate, lock, backup and wipe’ their phones remotely. This was a groundbreaking product that won many accolades and lead to the acquisition of tenCube by McAfee in 2010. This was truly at the beginning of the startup scene in Singapore and in Southeast Asia.
As if that was not enough, Rishi went back to his software roots, combined with his wife’s hardware talents and developed the Rotimatic…a hardware and software marvel that is “the world’s first fully integrated solution that measures, mixes, kneads, flattens, cooks, puffs and delights.” Eight years in the making, this sounds like a very complex and sophisticated machine.