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Kalyan Kuchampudi

Co-founder & CEOAlmabase

Atlanta, GA

Member Since March 2024


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Kalyan Varma is the Co-founder & CEO of Almabase, which is a leading fundraising software provider for universities and schools around the world. He has over 15 years of total experience, has delivered a TEDx talk and multiple presentations at conferences in USA, UK and Canada. He is passionate about making education affordable around the globe and using a pay-it-forward philanthropy model to achieve that.

Published content

Thinking about repackaging your brand's product image?

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14 steps to consider before making a marketing design switch that could confuse or alienate loyal customers.  It may be time to update your product in the marketplace; however, it's important to do your research and revisit how and why the brand was successful in the first place. You may not necessarily need a full overhaul to remain competitive and relevant in the current market space. It may just take a tweak here and there to highlight a timeless feature that consumers still care about. Taking this approach and reaching out to collaborate with your PR department is a smart way to put your brand over the top for continued success among competing companies in the industry. Below, 14 Fast Company Executive Board members each offer one idea to keep in mind when preparing for a package redesign of an established product that needs a bit of modernization in these current times.

Five guiding principles to ensure CRM discipline in your software sales process


A highly disciplined sales process always trumps individual excellence, plus it's something that's in your control.

How can employees advocate for themselves at work?

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Business leaders teach professionals 18 smart, practical ways to speak up and get ahead. Whether they're just starting out in their industry of choice or have been at it for several years, it's natural for career-minded, ambitious individuals to keep an eye on opportunities that could give them an edge in their professional lives.  But, in order to keep their skin in the game and gain the respect of their leaders and coworkers, it's essential for employees to first build trust in their capabilities if they want like-minded colleagues to buy into the contributions they are trying to make. To help you speak up about your concerns or ideas, 18 Fast Company Executive Board members share their best practices with other workers who wish to present their ideas and become a better advocate for themselves at their current place of business.

Company details


Company bio

Almabase is a leading provider of alumni engagement and fundraising software to universities and schools in the US. Almabase's mission is to make education affordable to everyone by growing every institution's donor base. Our belief is that there is a future where students have to pay far less tuition owing to generosity of alumni and donors, and they will pay-it-forward after they graduate. Almabase offers three products to customers - a digital engagement product that makes it easy for institutions to engage all their alumni using digital programs, an events product that allows institutions to manage their alumni reunions, homecoming & other events end-to-end, and finally a crowdfunding & giving day product that allows institutions to maximize their fundraising outcomes through gamified online giving pages. Universities and schools then combine data from all these three products to understand who to target and how to grow their donor base. Almabase is the only software in the world that is able to combine all the critical elements required to create a sustainable fundraising program for any school or university.



Area of focus

Non Profit

Company size

51 - 200