A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Chocko Valliappa, is the Founder & CEO of IT services company Vee Technologies in 2000 and founded HireMee in 2017 as a social enterprise. The aim was to democratize the freshers’ recruitment process and help companies discover hidden diamonds from tier II & III cities and find jobs that best match their skills and aptitude.
Chocko co-founded Valliappa Software Technology Park in Bengaluru in 1995 which became first home to tech multinationals – Cisco, Oracle and Verifone.
He is also the Vice-Chairman of The Sona Group of Institutions – Sona College of Technology, Sona College of Arts and Science, Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, and the Sona School of Management – and drives research efforts at these institutes with over 10,000 students.
An active CII and Nasscom member, Chocko serves on the Entrepreneurs Organization and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) earning the YPO’s Global Social Impact award in 2018.
To access Chocko's rich and varied experience in policy, corporate citizenry, industry-focused technical skill development, and technology, he is invited to speak and write on education, technology and skill development by various business publications.
Chocko is passionate about empowering the community through Valliappa Foundation. Its recent activities include skilling women at the Women Technology Park, Salem, and Sona FM community radio. Sona Yukti offers skill-based training in a variety of sectors.