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Bangalore: The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) lobby group has named serial entrepreneur Ravi Gururaj as the new chairman of its revamped product council that was previously headed by Sharad Sharma, who recently formed a separate forum with other software product companies called the Indian Software Product Industry Round Table, or iSpirt.

Other members of the revamped council include Manav Garg, chief executive of commodity trading software company Eka Software; Girish Mathrubootham, who heads enterprise software firm Freshdesk Inc.; Sanjay Parthasarathy, founder of big data product startup Indix; Hanuman Tripathy, founder and managing director of Infrasoft Technologies Ltd; Narasimhan Mandyam, chief executive of customer relationship management software firm PK4 Software; and Rohith Bhat, founder of mobile application and gaming startup Robosoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Gururaj, who previously worked at Nasdaq-listed Citrix Systems Inc., is currently chairman of Frictionless Ventures Pvt. Ltd, which invests in early-stage startups.

“Product companies and startups are the next growth engines for the industry and will contribute significantly in realizing the vision outlined for the industry," said Nasscom chairman Krishnakumar Natarajan, who is also chief executive at software services firm MindTree Ltd. Natarajan added that the products council was open to collaborating with iSpirt, which was formed in February.

The Nasscom products council has been reconstituted based on the findings of a committee that was led by Infosys Ltd co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy that said recently that the industry lobby would expand its core focus areas to include internet, mobile content, software products and the domestic information technology (IT) market.

The move comes at a time when Nasscom tries to address criticism that it caters only to the interests of large software services firms that contribute a major chunk of revenue to India’s $108-billion IT industry.

The industry is targeting a tripling of revenue to about $300 billion by 2020, and Nasscom expects about $10 billion of this to come from software products. Software products contributed $2.2 billion of revenue for the 2012-13 fiscal.

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