Anand Chandrasekaran brings a unique background that combines deep expertise and operating skills in mobile applications, consumer media and enterprise software. In 2001, he co- founded Aeroprise Inc. the world's most deployed mobility software for Service Management. Anand wrote the original business plan, helped architect and launch the award-winning Aeroprise product suite and ran marketing/inside sales through bootstrapped and VC-funded phases to build the company into a leader in enterprise mobility. Aeroprise customers include the Dept. of Homeland Security, theHartford, IBM, Bureau of A.T.F., Safeway, U.S. Air Force, Harvard University and DirecTV. He was on the Aeroprise Board between 2001-2006 and an advisor to the Mobile Enterprise Alliance (MEA), an industry-forum promoting mobility standards amongst enterprises which included over 1000 member organizations.
Michealene Cristini Risley is the founder of Fresh Water Spigot. She has long been an entrepreneur who has created some of the largest deals in consumer products and the entertainment industry. Michealene launched the first-ever branded maternity line in conjunction with Adidas. As Vice President of Licensing and Character Development for Sega of America, she championed the Sega Girls Task Force and produced well over 100 episodes in animation. She also wrote, produced, and directed a short film called "Flashcards," which won Best Cinematography at the California Independent Film Festival, Best Short film at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, and the film screened in the Cannes Film Festival "Shorts Du Jour" program.
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Documentary filmmakers Anand Chandrasekaran and Michaelene C. Risley discuss not only the inspiration for their film, Tapestries of Hope, but also some of the logistics of its production. Topics include fundraising strategies and how the film team overcame obstacles along the way.