Sandeep grew up in India and had been living in the US for past 10 years. He talked to his parents in India regularly, and his mom always shared stories of her maid's eccentricities or other funny yet annoying issues she faced living in Pune. A few months back, she told Sandeep about the pains of buying a good mattress. She was searching for a mattress similar to Sandeep’s mattress in the US – a plush & comfortable memory foam mattress, good for the back, that didn’t cost lacs. She visited many stores in Pune, was misled by salesmen, and in the end, after spending weeks on the search, bought 2 mattresses. The mattresses were not only super expensive but were of mediocre quality. Sandeep heard similar complaints from other friends and family and realized that the mattress category in India needed work.
Sandeep gathered a team of experts to solve this problem. Sandeep’s old friend Vishal, who loves to sleep, joined the team as the Chief Technology Officer. Sandeep’s former colleague Joe, who is a seasoned venture capital investor and retail industry expert, joined the team as the CFO. This team of 3 traveled the world to find the best components and technology to make the perfect mattress for India.
And Wink & Nod was born. Wink & Nod’s vision is to bring a breath of freshness to the sleepy mattress industry. To build top of the line products, that are good for your health and well-being, and are good value for your money. We believe that a mattress shouldn't cost you your sleep!
Sandeep lived in the US for past 10 years and recently moved to India to work on Wink & Nod. He was most recently a VC investor and the Chief Operating Officer of a portfolio company – KYBOE!, where he gained experience as an investor and as a startup operator. Prior to that Sandeep worked as an investment banker in New York, a strategy professional in Chicago and as a management consultant in Pittsburgh. Sandeep has a Chicago Booth MBA, a Master's in Science degree from Carnegie Mellon and an engineering degree from Pune University. Sandeep loves to travel, enjoys sports and functional fitness and is a huge foodie.
Joe is a successful retail focused private equity and venture capital investor with multiple exits including a 2012 IPO of Hudson's Bay Company (TSX:HBC). He is currently a co-owner and Chief Financial Officer of KYBOE! a global fashion watch and accessory business available in over 30 countries. He is an active angel investor targeting consumer internet and ecommerce companies. Joe has a BA from Boston College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He enjoys playing football (soccer) and sleeping in late but with two children under age 5 it doesn't happen often. Joe is hoping that Wink & Nod will launch children's beds so that his kids sleep in later.
Vishal is a business-technology entrepreneur and advisor. Most recently, he was a Product Manager and the head of User Experience group at TIBCO Software, where he led large scale business transformation initiatives for Fortune 1000 companies. He has lived and worked in 6 countries and has global business, technology and management exposure. He has a Masters in Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelors in Engineering from Mumbai. Vishal is an avid adventure traveler and nature enthusiast who wanders around the globe time to time.
We care about the environment. Our mattresses are manufactured without CFCs and other harmful chemicals
Specially crafted for Indian weather conditions keeping in mind Indian body structures
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