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Outlook Business

Big Idea: The Specialists

Kamal Karanth and Anil Kumar have been childhood friends, classmates and even colleagues at one point in their careers. So, it was only natural that the duo ended up founding a start-up. Having worked in the staffing industry for over 17 years, the duo spotted an emerging opportunity. With the engineering sector moving up the innovation and R&D curve, there is going to be higher demand for skilled and specialised technicians. Based on this premise, the duo launched a strategic talent firm, Xpheno, in April 2017, by investing around 3.5 crore. The start-up provides skilled technicians in the field of engineering, IT and healthcare on a contract basis to corporates... read more...

Global

New Venture - Xpheno aims to simplify recruitment

A new recruitment company, aimed at growing demand for specialised talent in industries like IT, engineering, life sciences & consumer retail has been launched by Kamal Karanth, ex-managing director of Kelly Services India, and Anil Kumar ET ex-managing director of RGF India. Getting the right talent for the right job has been a challenge for many HR professionals. Not just it requires great tenacity to source them from the right network but also involves a lot of hard-core negotiations to retain them... read more...

The Hindu Business Line

Staffing start-up Xpheno to raise $5-6 m

Xpheno, a Bengaluru-based start-up focussing on hiring specialists in mid-level positions, plans to raise $5-6 million by January. The 45-day-old company was started by A Kamal Karanth, former Managing Director, Kelly Services India, along with ET Anil Kumar, former Managing Director, RGF India.
They have jointly invested ₹4 crore in the new venture. The external funds will be used to expand across all metros and build a technology platform that can serve talent and client organisations efficiently... read more...

Kamal and Anil

Kamal Karanth & Anil Kumar ET launch Xpheno for super specialty hiring

Marking a key exit from the staffing firm, Kelly Services, that set shop in India in 2001, its managing director, Kamal Karanth has decided to leave the firm. He is currently serving his notice. Karanth, plans to take a two-month break, post which he will roll out his own venture in the talent space. His plans to create something of his own were simmering for the past few months and that is why he decided to leave Kelly and focus on that full time... read more...

economictimes

Specialist staffing company Xpheno launched

Kamal Karanth A, former managing director at Kelly Services India and Malaysia, has joined hands with Anil Kumar ET, former managing director of RGF Select India, to launch Xpheno, a specialist staffing firm, to address growing demand for niche talent in industries such as engineering, IT, life sciences and consumer retail. One month into the business, Xpheno already has 30 clients on board and has put in place a 30-member team including four business leaders... read more...

TOI Business

Former MDs of Kelly Services, RGF India launch biz venture

Former managing directors of Kelly Services India and RGF India have come together in announcing the launch of a new venture, Xpheno, a specialist staffing company.
Kamal Karanth A and Anil Kumar ET, who bring with them a collective experience of over 30 years in staffing business, launched Xpheno to address growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, life sciences, consumer retail and engineering sectors in India... read more...

Business Standard

Former MDs of Kelly Services, RGF India launch biz venture

Former managing directors of Kelly Services India and RGF India have come together in announcing the launch of a new venture, Xpheno, a specialist staffing company.
Kamal Karanth A and Anil Kumar ET, who bring with them a collective experience of over 30 years in staffing business, launched Xpheno to address growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, life sciences, consumer retail and engineering sectors in India... read more... 

Former MDs of Kelly Services, RGF India launch business venture Xpheno

Former managing directors of Kelly Services India and RGF India have come together in announcing the launch of a new venture, Xpheno, a specialist staffing company. Kamal Karanth A and Anil Kumar ET, who bring with them a collective experience of over 30 years in staffing business, launched Xpheno to address growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, life sciences, consumer retail and engineering sectors in India. Headquartered in Bengaluru with offices in Chennai, Gurugram, Mumbai and Hyderabad, Xpheno plans to expand to all the metros, a company release said... read more...

Ex MD of Kelly Services India and Ex MD of RGF India Announce New Biz Venture

Kamal Karanth A, former Managing Director at Kelly Services India and Malaysia along with Anil Kumar ET former Managing Director of RGF India, have announced their new venture. Xpheno, a specialist staffing company, will address the growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, Life Sciences, Consumer Retail and Engineering Sectors in India. Xpheno will be a one stop shop for companies who need professionals on project as well as direct hires. Xpheno will also focus on sourcing for the lucrative US Staffing business... read more...

Former MDs of Kelly Services, RGF India launch biz venture

Former managing directors of Kelly Services India and RGF India have come together in announcing the launch of a new venture, Xpheno, a specialist staffing company.

Kamal Karanth A and Anil Kumar ET, who bring with them a collective experience of over 30 years in staffing business, launched Xpheno to address growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, life sciences, consumer retail and engineering sectors in India.

Headquartered in Bengaluru with offices in Chennai, Gurugram, Mumbai and Hyderabad, Xpheno plans to expand to all the metros, a company release said... read more...

Former MDs of Kelly Services, RGF India launch biz venture

Former managing directors of Kelly Services India and RGF India have come together in announcing the launch of a new venture, Xpheno, a specialist staffing company.

Kamal Karanth A and Anil Kumar ET, who bring with them a collective experience of over 30 years in staffing business, launched Xpheno to address growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, life sciences, consumer retail and engineering sectors in India... read more...

moneycontrol1

Former Kelly Services and RGF India MDs launch specialist HR firm

Kamal Karanth A, former Managing Director at Kelly Services India and Malaysia along with Anil Kumar ET, Former Managing Director of RGF India, have launched a specialist staffing firm. The new venture, Xpheno, a specialist staffing company, will address the growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, Life Sciences, Consumer Retail and Engineering Sectors in India... read more...

Former MDs of Kelly Services, RGF India launch business venture

Former managing directors of Kelly Services India and RGF India have come together in announcing the launch of a new venture, Xpheno, a specialist staffing company.

Kamal Karanth A and Anil Kumar ET, who bring with them a collective experience of over 30 years in staffing business, launched Xpheno to address growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, life sciences, consumer retail and engineering sectors in India... read more...

Ex Managing Directors Of Kelly Services India And RGF India Announce New Business Venture

Kamal Karanth A, Ex Managing Director at Kelly Services India and Malaysia along with Anil Kumar ET Ex Managing Director of RGF India, have announced their new venture. Xpheno, a specialist staffing company, will address the growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, Life Sciences, Consumer Retail and Engineering Sectors in India. Xpheno will be a one stop shop for companies who need professionals on project as well as direct hires. Xpheno will also focus on sourcing for the lucrative US Staffing business.

Kamal and Anil bring with them, a collective experience of over 30 years, in the staffing business. The duo plan to raise Series A Funding in the next 3-6 months. The funds will be used to expand across all metros and to build a technology platform that can serve talent and client organisations efficiently. Xpheno will specifically focus on meeting the shortage of skills in emerging technologies, which presents a significant growth opportunity for the company... read more... 

A new Staffing company Xpheno promises to solve hiring challenges

Getting the right talent for the right job has been a challenge for many HR professionals. Not just it requires great tenacity to source them from the right network but also involves a lot of hard-core negotiations to retain them. According to the report by Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), the Indian IT flexi staffing industry was worth $3.04 billion in 2016-2017 and is expected to witness significant growth till 2021 across top states and sectors of the country.

In order to simplify this, Karanth A, Ex Managing Director at Kelly Services India and Malaysia along with Anil Kumar ET Ex Managing Director of RGF India, have announced their new venture. Xpheno, a specialist staffing company, will address the growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, Life Sciences, Consumer Retail and Engineering Sectors in India... read more...

Kelly Services Malaysia’s former MD co-launches specialist staffing startup

Kamal Karanth A, former Managing Director at Kelly Services India and Malaysia, along with Anil Kumar ET, former Managing Director at RGF India, have announced their new venture.

Xpheno, a specialist staffing company, will address the growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, life sciences, consumer retail and engineering sectors in India.

Xpheno will be a one-stop shop for companies who need professionals on project as well as direct hires. Xpheno will also focus on sourcing for the lucrative US Staffing business.

Kamal and Anil bring with them, a collective experience of over 30 years, in the staffing business. The duo plan to raise Series A Funding in the next three to six months. The funds will be used to expand across all metros and to build a technology platform that can serve talent and client organisations efficiently.

Xpheno will specifically focus on meeting the shortage of skills in emerging technologies, which presents a significant growth opportunity for the company.

Xpheno currently works with over 30 clients and plans to add another 200 clients to its portfolio in the next six months.

staffingindustry

Former Kelly Services Md Launches Specialist Staffing Firm With Former Rgf India Md

Kamal Karanth A, former managing director at Kelly Services India and Malaysia, has partnered with Anil Kumar, former managing director of RGF Select India, to launch Xpheno, a specialist staffing firm, reports the Economic Times. The new staffing firm aims to address growing demand for niche talent in industries such as engineering, IT, life sciences and consumer retail... read more...

Kamal Karanth A and Anil Kumar ET launch Xpheno

Kamal Karanth A, Ex Managing Director at Kelly Services India and Malaysia along with Anil Kumar ET Ex Managing Director of RGF India, have announced their new venture. Xpheno, a specialist staffing company, will address the growing demand for skilled talent in industries like IT, Life Sciences, Consumer Retail and Engineering Sectors in India. Xpheno will be a one stop shop for companies who need professionals on project as well as direct hires. Xpheno will also focus on sourcing for the lucrative US Staffing business.

Kamal and Anil bring with them, a collective experience of over 30 years, in the staffing business. The duo plan to raise Series A Funding in the next 3-6 months. The funds will be used to expand across all metros and to build a technology platform that can serve talent and client organisations efficiently. Xpheno will specifically focus on meeting the shortage of skills in emerging technologies, which presents a significant growth opportunity for the company. The founders plan to build an INR 100 crore business over the next 2 years. The vision is to create an INR 1000 crore organisation over the next 5-7 years... read more...

Robots at Work

Don't fear, a robot won't take away your job

Kamal Karanth A, co-founder of specialist staffing firm Xpheno, says AI & Analytics will create new roles and jobs that didn't exist in the past. Citing examples, Karanth says a driverless car will require a technician, an Amazon Go store will mandate human intervention for the infrastructure. "There are startups working to deploy or develop robotics in fields like agriculture, thus infusing formal jobs in an informal sector."...read more...

Digital India Budget

Digital India in Union Budget: Rs 3073 crore for AI, robotics, 3D printing, Blockchain

“There is a need to increase this skill in India. If you think about it there would only be only 100 hardcore AI engineers in India, the rest of them are entrepreneurs,” says Kamal Karanth, co-founder of Xpheno. Companies like Infosys, Wipro, and TCS will benefit from this move and will be able to find a new breed of engineers who can use data to build algorithms that can predict and prescribe for their clients in the US and America....read more...

Hiring Outlook

Hiring outlook turns positive

Specialist staffing firm Xpheno pegs the number of jobs to be created this year at 2.65 lakh topped by financial services, which will ride the wave of fin-tech and NBFCs to generate over 1.25 lakh jobs for tech and sales professionals. E-commerce, backed by a stable funding ecosystem, will generate 60,000 jobs, as will global captives of multinationals, which will offset the stagnant demand in IT services...read more...

Late At Work

At work beyond hours

Working (beyond hours) is an outlook that most of us carry from childhood, which is the result of our upbringing, says Kamal Karanth A, co-founder, Xpheno, a specialist staffing firm. “During exams, as students, we received greater appreciation from parents when we stayed awake and burnt the midnight oil. We have carried that attitude to work. Also, many start work at the last minute when a deadline is approaching. This pushes us to work beyond stipulated hours,” says Karanth...read more...

Mathematical Skills

Drop in mathematical skills pushes India further down in the AI race

Now that’s where being a leader in AI adds that extra value. When this happens clients make IT services companies a partner in transforming business processes in the digital era. Now, that’s where we have a need gap, they cannot seem to retain the best or train the rest. “I have been scouting for AI engineers and those who are good at AI have started their own company. There are not more than 100 AI engineers in India who understand the subject completely and can take programming challenges,” says Kamal Karanth, CEO and co-founder of Xpheno...read more...

Startup Challenges

#4 Challenges Startups Face While Hiring Young Talent

Kamal Karanth A, TalentSpecialist & Co-Founder, Xpheno feels startups cannot afford high fliers available in the industries due to limited resources and market salaries. “Mostly, startups limit themselves to their network which can be limited if they have entered a new industry. Another challenge is unstructured hiring process, not sure of whom to hire, interview processes taking long thereby frustrating prospective hires. Lastly, the founder’s inability to connect their value proposition to the aspirant's career drivers,” said Karanth....read more...

AI beats Human

AliBaba's AI beats humans in Stanford reading test

AI can be applied for learning and to find insights from information. Software is trained to recognise patterns and do tasks faster than human beings. The USA has 850,000 AI engineers. Kamal Karanth, co-founder of Xpheno, says: “India has a handful of AI engineers. Most AI engineers are entrepreneurs here; we have to ramp up this stream of technology in to engineering.”read more...

YourStory

60 quotes from Indian startup journeys

From methodology to mindset, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes from articles published. These 60 quotes are from the week of January 8th to 14, 2018. Kamal Karanth's quote on Artificial Intelligence Engineers is among the topquotes along with quotes from other prominent personalities like Anil Kumble, PV Sindhu, Richard Branson, Shah Rukh Khan, Jeff Bezos, President Ram Nath Kovind, Warren Buffet amongst others...read more...

Pharma Sector Trends

Pharma sector has incrementally shown positive trends for experienced job seekers

Pharma sector has incrementally shown positive trends for experienced job seekers as well as freshers. The sector in India has been a stable sector for hiring for a long time now. The 2018 opens with a similar promise, said Anil Kumar ET, co-founder, Xpheno. Indian pharma with a market size of US$ 20 billion remains a sunshine sector. The continued focus on R&D and strengthening of sales channels would mean good times for hiring in 2018 too...read more...

Live Mint

J&K budget: Mufti govt bites the bullet on labour law reforms

J&K will be the first state to subsume all its labour laws into one code; at present it has 260 labour laws. Kamal Karanth, a former managing director of human resource firm Kelly Services India said what the government has announced is creating a sense of political goodwill and something they can implement quickly. “This will attract domestic companies to go to the state but the real problem for the state is security and dearth of compelling talent,” said Karanth, co-founder of Xpheno, a staffing firm...read more...

Manufacturing jobs

Manufacturing jobs to grow this year, average hike to be around 10 per cent

Much of the intake will be driven by global companies whose captive centres are located out of India. "Most of this hiring will be at the junior to mid-level, with median salaries coming in at about .Rs 10 lakh," said Kamal Karanth A, co-founder, Xpheno, a specialist staffing firm. Campuses have already been witnessing a spurt in hiring in this regard. While most of these centres started off doing low-end work, they have now graduated to become nurseries of talent, working on new...read more...

Harness AI

Are you an SMB waiting to harness AI? Here are ways you can do it

These days, cloud computing has allowed your data to be relevant, and the computational speed to generate insights is readily available. Then, why does everybody from the government to large corporations, sound so dazed when speaking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data sciences? "Today, India does not have more than 100 employable AI engineers. Most of the guys who know AI have floated their own companies," says Kamal Karanth, Co-founder of Xpheno. He adds that anyone who claims to know AI is either lying or just kidding around...read more...

IT Layoffs

Amid IT layoffs, state governments come to rescue mid-senior employees

Talking to ET, Anil Kumar, co-founder of Xpheno adds, "Many of them don’t know what career prospects to look out for. Quite a few of them, have opted for freelancing but since they don’t have a network and marketing themselves is not an easy thing, obviously they are missing out on projects." Moreover, co-founder of Xpheno Kamal ​Karanth says, "GICs are hiring 50k-60k people every year so some of these senior employees can be absorbed. The skills are similar in a way - they also manage applications, support infrastructure all this happens in GICs. So some of them can be absorbed...read more...

McDonalds

New year looks grim for McDonald's staff

Varun Kumar (name changed) did not look his usual self, as he leaned on his motorcycle outside a McDonald's outlet in the capital and lit a cigarette. It was 6.30pm, peak hour for staffers at the burger joint, as office goers dove in for a quick bite on their way home. On any other day, Kumar, a portly 30-year-old, would be busy barking out orders for McChicken and fries at the restaurant. But on Wednesday, he appeared lost in thought. On being prodded gently about his sombre mood, Kumar, a manager at the McDonald's outlet, said, "I quit. There is too much uncertainty." read more...

Hindu Business Line

Big data, machine learning, AI to shape job market in 2018

The year 2018 will see a sharp increase in demand for professionals with skills in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, even as people with capabilities in Big Data and Analytics will continue to be the most sought after by companies across sectors, say sources in the recruitment industry. The Indian IT industry is expected to add around 1.80 lakh to 2 lakh new jobs in 2018. With a strong focus on Digital India, the industry requires 50 per cent more workforce. read more...

Entrepreneur India

#5 Tips to Nail a Job Interview

The hiring process in a company is incomplete without an interview. So, it’s important to indulge in some amount of preparation beforehand to succeed in the interview which will bring you one step closer to landing your dream job. It’s ok to be a little nervous during an interview, but taking necessary steps in advance can help you avoid these common mistakes. Every year we see many freshers getting ready to join their dream company but cracking an interview in the present times is no more a cakewalk... read more...

Business World

Despite Bleak Manufacturing Sector Job Market Upbeat On Hiring Plans

Industry lobby FICCI's latest quarterly survey on manufacturing suggests slightly less optimistic outlook for the manufacturing sector in the third quarter, October- December 2017-18, as the percentage of respondents reporting higher production in the third quarter has fallen vis-à-vis previous quarter. Is this the bad news for the job market? While the survey point towards a bleak scenario, headhunters are optimistic... read more...

IIT Bombay

Placements at IIT Bombay: More job offers from big consultancies in first phase this year

Consultancy firms, including three of the ‘Big four’ accounting firms, multiplied job offers in the first phase of placements at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B). While Ernst and Young, one of the big four, gave the premier institute a miss this year, the other three — Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG — selected 33 candidates, up from 19 offers they made in the first phase of campus placements last year. The jump in offers could point to a reversal of a trend in campus placements at IIT-B... read more...

IIT Bombay

IIT-Bombay placements: Salaries slightly better this year

The first day of campus placements at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) on Friday will witness some companies offering slightly bigger packages, even as the salaries offered by others are likely to remain static. A few companies that offered high salaries last year won’t revisit the campus, said a source. Last year, the median salaries offered by the recruiters at the premier institute dropped for the first time in the past six years. The annual gross median salary reduced from Rs9.8 lakh in 2015-16 to Rs9.38 lakh in 2016-17... read more...

Financial Chronicle

Hiring in manufacturing to stay flat in near future

“Hiring in the sector has been declining and it will remain flat at least for the next two quarters as we do not see any development that can bring in any significant change in the sector,” said Kamal Karanth, co-founder of specialist staffing company Xpheno and former managing director of Kelly Services... read more...

TOI Business

Auto sector’s R&D boost attracts talent from electrical, electronics departments

With the government's focus on electric vehicles (EVs), emergence of self-driving cars and analytics coming into the fore, auto companies are now targeting fresh talent from computer science, electronic or electrical engineering branches for their R & D research. Automobile major Ashok Leyland is now recruiting from the electrical and electronic departments, as opposed to the resources in mechanical engineering they have always had. "Hiring patterns have changed, keeping in mind the evolving needs of the auto industry," said Uma Rao, VP, corporate HR, Ashok Leyland...read more...

Staying successful

Does a breezy start lead to a strong finish?

You may knock a few sixes out of the park early in your career, but that start may not guarantee a successful innings. Cricket’s thinking batsman Rahul Dravid recently came up with a brilliant insight on India's Under-19 World Cup win in 2012 and career progression. He pointed out that six or seven members of the Australian team which lost to India in the finals went on to play at the senior level. By contrast, players of the winning Indian team are invisible in the current Kohli regime. Dravid asks: who really won the 2012 world cup - India or Australia?...read more...

2018 Reboot

Time for reboot: Trends that help Indian IT find new avenues

India’s IT industry has been a job spinner for over two decades. It currently employs 4.2 million people. The growth has, however, moderated over the past couple of years to 7-8 per cent in the face of huge headwinds. The industry, which automated much of the paper driven organisations, is now coming to terms with automation on itself. About a decade ago, it would take about 45,000 people to generate $1 billion in revenues for an IT services company...read more...

CXO Checklist

A checklist to becoming CXO

Who doesn’t want to become a VP, CFO or CEO nowadays? Nobody really wants to stay at the bottom of the pyramid or work at the mid-level. While some of you may not aspire to be a CXO, the first few days at work will make it clear who the real heroes are. Despite the best intentions, only some of us make it to the top of the ladder. Shouldn’t we pay attention to the few obvious and some not so apparent factors we ignore?...read more...

Hiring Trends

Hiring Trends 2018: Here's what to expect in the job market this year

The year of 2017 was a mixed bag for jobs creation. Events like demonetisation and GSTs put light breaks on corporate hiring. Sectors like Automobile, FMCG, Retail, Banking and Financial Services, Real Estate and Pharma Industry felt the heat. IT services industry experienced yet another slow down due to the proposed Visa restrictions in USA. The IT Industry also paused hiring to evaluate the impact on the automation front. In spite of all this talent who found their match changed jobs...read more...

Express Pharma

Guest Blog: 2018 pharma hiring trends

When is the best time for pharma professionals to switch jobs? January to April seems the best bet, with pharma companies typically awarding increments in the range of 25- 40 per cent for job switching candidates. The same hikes are in the range of 15- 30 per cent post May, points out Anil Kumar ET, Co-Founder, Xpheno. The pharma sector in India has been a stable sector for hiring for a long time now. 2018 opens with a similar promise. Pharma companies who are focussed on the domestic market have a different outlook to hiring compared to Indian MNCs...read more...

Kamal Karanth

Relationships: Underplayed in your success?

Are you the type who reflects on your professional journey every year-end? If so, how would you evaluate 2017? Is it a great year because you earned a promotion, got an overseas posting, received the best increment ever? Maybe you got a great role, had a massive impact on your organisation or experienced personal learning as an individual? Think about how you achieved all this. Let’s process successful careers further. When you meet somebody who has had a successful career what are your thoughts? That they are talented, worked hard, deserved the success? read more...

Anil Kumar

Hiring for Self - How Founders Flounder!

Founders or Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. Their confidence or call it craziness makes them unique and inspiring. On the other hand, they can put off people due to their overbearing presence and self-consuming behaviour. One area which adds to their success is their idea. But, the larger success is attributed to their ability to hire bright talent. Still, why do some Founders struggle when it comes to hiring even with their best of abilities? Let’s do some reality check. read more...

Hindu Business Line

Dynasties and the dynamics of succession

The long-term legacies of people, businesses, political parties, sports teams and media houses have been defined by who succeeds to the leadership next. But this process of succession has different complexities. Viewed from the outside, it appears that often emotion dictates decisions rather than logic. Let’s look at how succession is playing out in Zimbabwe, in the Congress Party, the AIADMK, Infosys, Tatas, Wipro, Godrej, Bajaj, Reliance or the Kapoor and Bachchan clans in Bollywood. read more...