Shikha Kashyap

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Location: Charlotte, NC
Founded: 2005
Industry: Professional services

Shikha Kashyap

Syntelli Solutions

“The first thing that I have instilled within Syntelli Solutions is a strong belief in technology,” says CTO Shikha Kashyap. “I believe that a technology company has to be technology-centered and technology-driven — influencing sales, marketing and human resources.” While Kashyap has more than two decades of experience in IT, she still spends up to 10 hours a week learning about new technologies and how they can be harnessed to bring relevant solutions to customers.

Fun Fact: Kashyap is part of Queen City Sahelis, a Charlotte-based network of women who help nonprofits that are underfunded, unrecognized or unable to grow on their own.

“I cannot count how many nights I worked till 2 or 3 a.m. solving issues, so that next morning when our clients walked in, they had the system ready,” says Kashyap. At the same time, she has given as much time as possible to her children. The lesson she has learned is that “it is not a ‘choice’ between work and personal life. One does not have to suffer because of another.”

Even when Kashyap is out of the office, Big Data and its practical applications are on her mind. She is a board member for a group focused on using data to stop human trafficking.