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Prakash Kondepudi, Executive Vice President, Merchant Services

Prakash Kondepudi leads the Merchant business unit at InfoSpace. He is responsible for managing and growing the merchant business, which is one of the company's two fastest growing units.

Kondepudi joined InfoSpace in April 2000 as vice president of mobile commerce. In this role he was instrumental in developing the company's mobile commerce strategy and led engineering efforts to create next-generation payment and wireless point-of-sale applications. Kondepudi was appointed executive vice president, merchant, in February 2001.

Previously, he served as vice president, application services of Saraide, Inc. (formerly, inc.) from November 1998 until the acquisition of Saraide by InfoSpace in March 2000. Kondepudi oversaw Saraide's acquisition by InfoSpace. At Saraide, he led the development of wireless application services, such as e-mail, content applications, Traveler's Concierge and mobile commerce on GSM phones. Prior to joining Saraide, Kondepudi worked for VeriFone, Inc., where he initially served as director of client/server technology and was later appointed director of business development. At VeriFone he directed the efforts of the company's transaction application solutions and managed customer relationships, including Bank of America, NPC and Hollywood Video, earning the 1996 Circle of Excellence and 1994 Excellence in Action awards.

Kondepudi holds a master's degree in communications technology from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and a bachelor's degree in electronics and communications technology from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University in India.

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