Hi, I'm Mandeep Dhillon. Welcome to my profile!
Mandeep Dhillon's Bio:
As a youth technology advocate, I am passionate about unlocking the power of emerging technology to benefit the lives of young people and their families.
My newest venture is 1sb or 1StudentBody and our vision is to Connect the World's Students. Think Nextdoor for High School. We are leveraging the rapid growth of smartphones to re-imagine how high school students interact. 1sb is building a series of applications to improve student life, including NoteSnap and Fess, providing sharing, privacy and expression, while maintaining a community feel similar to what students enjoy among classmates and friends. 1sb is building an authentic student-only mobile network for high school students in the US, and ultimately for all students globally.
I developed unique insight into online privacy/safety,children's technology and the emerging modern web through founding Togetherville, navigating Facebook and COPPA and selling the company to Disney.
I previously gained extensive experience in business strategy development, project management and corporate transactional law through work with a major global law firm (Latham, UVA JD) and consulting firm (McKinsey, Darden MBA). Bridging from founding a social media startup to running an acquired business in one of the world's largest companies has provided me a broad range of perspectives on the modern consumer web and kids' technology. I channel these experiences into businesses that will impact society through young people and families
Mandeep Dhillon's Specialties: Mobile, Internet, consumer product development, marketing strategy, general management, organizational leadership, strategy development, organizational design, product strategy, product design, social networking, Web 2.0, online community, corporate transactional law, corporate governance, cleantech, online privacy, COPPA
Mandeep Dhillon's Experience:
Board Member, Strategy Chair at Woodland SchoolSeptember 2008 - June 2013
Developed initial strategy plan and defined strategy development process
Vice President, Togetherville & Corporate Strategy at The Walt Disney CompanyFebruary 2011 - February 2012
Leading Togetherville post its acquisition and helping define consumer web strategy within Disney Interactive.
Founder at Togetherville, Inc.April 2007 - February 2012
Togetherville connects parents and young children (under 10) online with a technology platform customized around each child's interests and managed by parents. I founded the company after observing the potential of the Internet through the eyes of my young children. We helped drive the children's online social environment through a new wave of innovation, creating a child-focused social platform unlike any other. We developed expertise in the parent-child online engagement as well as ways to address the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Togetherville was acquired by Disney Interactive in February 2011.
Board Member, Exec. Cmte at SV FACES2004 - February 2010
Non-Profit, community organization promoting diversity in Silicon Valley through programs for toddlers through teens (Green Circle, Camp Everytown) to administering the Victims Witness Assistance Program for Santa Clara County
Engagement Manager at McKinsey & CompanyJanuary 2005 - May 2007
Managed teams of varying sizes California, Kuwait, Dubai and India. Operated in a broad range of industries which included software, private equity, computer hardware, financial services and government. Focused primarily on the development and implementation of corporate strategic plans, cost-cutting programs, retail and marketing strategies as well as industry analysis. Distinctive project management experience.
Associate at McKinsey & CompanyMarch 2003 - December 2004
Associate at Latham & WatkinsSeptember 2000 - March 2003
General corporate counsel to emerging growth technology companies (consumer web, semiconductor, biotech). Worked on venture capital fund formation as well as investment document drafting and review.
Manager at Oxford Associates/Marketbridge1996 - 1997
Founder & CEO at 1StudentBodyMarch 2013
Wislr is re-imagining student interactions in the mobile communications era. Wislr delivers a student-only mobile opinion sharing and communication platform for High School students. Think Nextdoor for High School. Download it on from the App Store or Google Play, or get more information about the apps at Wislr.com.
Board of Directors, Alumni Association at Duke UniversityJune 2012
Founder & CEO at Polymath Innovations, Inc.March 2012
Youth-focused technology and media company. Driving differentiated experiences for digital natives.
Mandeep Dhillon's Education:
University of Virginia School of Law1997 – 2000JD
University of Virginia - Darden Graduate School of Business Administration1994 – 1996MBAConcentration: General Management
Duke University1988 – 1992BAConcentration: Economics
Ravenscroft School1982 – 1988High School
Mandeep Dhillon's Interests & Activities:
Children's Technology, Duke Basketball, Bhangra, Community Service