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Senior Leadership Insights: A Conversation with Chini Krishnan, Ph.D., Founder and CEO,

Thursday, January 13, 2022
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

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Srinivasan KrishnanJoin The Graduate School for a series of conversations with alumni reflecting on the role that their Duke education played in their careers. Dr. Srinivasan “Chini” Krishnan is the founder and CEO of Vimo, Inc., which created, an online shopping portal for healthcare products and services. GetInsured has led the charge to bring the SaaS (Software as a Service) approach to public-sector healthcare. Even before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Chini understood the need for a SaaS-based health insurance exchange solution, and his foresight enabled GetInsured to secure a principal role in developing the seminal exchanges for California, New Mexico, Idaho, and Mississippi. Today, the company is the leading provider of health insurance enrollment technology for the state governments of California, Idaho, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Jersey and Washington. GetInsured technology has enabled more than 15 million enrollments to date.

Prior to GetInsured, Chini founded and served as Chairman and Chief Technology Officer at Valicert Inc., a leader in public-key infrastructure (PKI) validation. Valicert went public in 2000 and ultimately merged with Tumbleweed Communications (NASDAQ: TMWD) in 2003. Prior to founding Valicert, Chini was Product Marketing Manager at Enterprise Integration Technologies (EIT), where he was integrally involved in releasing the world’s first secure browser. Dr. Krishnan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University.

Dr. Krishnan will be joined in conversation by Dr. Jeffrey Chase, Professor of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies for CS graduate programs. The discussion will focus on six key questions:

  1. Tell us about your background. What was your path to your current role?
  2. Can you tell us about your organization, and describe a typical day for a PhD-level hire?
  3. What do you see as the value that doctoral training has added to your professional trajectory?
  4. Beyond strong research skills, what other skills, experience and/or training are important for success in your field? 
  5. Are there any skills, training, or experiences you wish you’d had in graduate school to prepare you for your current career path?
  6. What can students who would like to work in this field (or explore it further) do to prepare?

The Senior Leadership Insights series is sponsored by The Graduate School and this event is offered in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science. The conversation is open to Duke faculty, graduate students, postdocs, alumni, and staff. Questions? Contact Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Leadership
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Careers Beyond Academia
  • Senior Leadership Insights