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Harish Bahl is an Indian technology entrepreneur and investor. He founded Smile in 1999, and currently serves as the Company's Chairman & CEO. Smile is one of the leading business builders, and investors of consumer internet and media platforms in Asia. Harish is well known in the industry for building India’s largest Digital Marketing Agency- Quasar, which was acquired by WPP in 2007. He followed that up and co-founded the largest Indian Digital Media Network, SVG Media, which was acquired by Dentsu Aegis in 2017.
In 2011, Harish partnered with Airbnb to help them expand into multiple global markets, and then followed up with a second joint venture in 2017, to help build their captive global shared services centre - AirSeva.
Smile has been on the forefront of forming partnerships with global companies to facilitate their internationalization into India. Smile, through its platforms, has done successful joint ventures and partnerships with large global companies including Snapchat, Yahoo, WPP Africa, Ogilvy, comScore.
Harish is also a partner in a Silicon Valley based fund - Tomales Bay Capital.
In addition, Harish is personally an investor in companies like SpaceX, Airbnb, Lyft, Bira etc.
Some of the recent successful Smile incubations include, Marketing SAAS ventures - Single Interface and Tyroo.