Managing Director and CEO

Zaki Ansari, MD and CEO of Cinestaan Digital Private Limited, believes that the Internet is the French Revolution of our times. He is in the business because it lets him participate in the most egalitarian movement that humans have brought upon themselves.

He began his career as a print news journalist in Mumbai in 1990. By 1995, Internet connectivity began retailing in India and Zaki ended up as part of's startup team. is India's first 'portal'. It eventually listed on NASDAQ and at its best was worth USD 1 billion. Zaki stayed on for 15 years. During that time, he played varied roles from being online journalist and 'Jack of all trades' during the company's salad years; to the new products man as started rolling out fresh services rapidly; to a generalist who was called upon to put in systems and book revenues.

Eventually, Zaki moved on to work with other entrepreneurs to start a number of Internet services like an online stocks business, and 'street view' and maps for Indian cities.

Finally here, at Cinestaan Digital, he has rolled up his sleeves in the pursuit of building an online Home for Indian cinema.