Meet a Member: Kaitki Agarwal

Continuing with our feature series on the members of TiE Boston, we spoke with TiE Boston Charter Member, Kaitki Agarwal, Founder of Parallel Wireless, about her journey and what led her to TiE.

Tell me about yourself.

One day I was driving back home from work and there was a point in my drive where my call would always drop or lose audio when I still had full signal strength, indicating network congestion and capacity issues. The problem is even worse in rural areas where it’s too expensive to put up cell coverage. Based on my personal experiences and seeing others with similar problems, I wanted to come up with a product that would solve the capacity and coverage issues that operators are facing today. Around 2010 I did my executive MBA from Babson College. As part of my MBA, I attended a conference at Harvard Business School where I met our CEO Steve Papa. After a few months of talking and sharing ideas about ways to improve coverage, we became co-founders of Parallel Wireless in May 2012. Parallel Wireless technology made it possible to enable mobile coverage in rural areas that operators were not providing. We established the first office in Nashua, New Hampshire, and grew the team to several hundred in the next few years with development centers in Pune, Bangalore, Israel, and the UK. When we first launched our product in Europe with a tier1 operator in 2014, we received several thank-you emails from residents of the area. One mother had to previously drive her daughter hours away to a library to complete her homework because they had no internet connectivity where they lived. Our technology made it possible to get them coverage, so the mother didn’t have to drive her daughter every day. She happily thanked us and even wanted us to extend the coverage for people in other areas experiencing similar problems. It’s amazing to see the positive impact that Parallel Wireless has had on others around the world.

ISO9001 Certification Celebration with Team in India.

What obstacles has your company faced and how did you overcome them?

Team Lunch with Israel Team with the start of new operations.

How did you get involved with TiE Boston?

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

What book recommendations do you have?

Thank you to Kaitki for sharing her story. To learn more about TiE Boston and how to get involved, check out boston.tie.org or reach out to info@boston.tie.org.

For over 20 years, TiE Boston has been supporting rising entrepreneurs in mentoring, funding, networking and education.

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