Mr. Venkat Raju is an active Angel Investor and serves as a Mentor & Advisor to several startups (and as a Director in some). His current portfolio of 30+ startups (investments plus advisory roles) span a wide spectrum – AI, Blockchain, AR/VR, IoT, SaaS, Big Data & Analytics, Mobility & FinTech, Cyber & Data Security, Social Media & related Consumer Internet. His recent focus is in the AI & Blockchain (including crypto & ICO) domains.
Most recently he served as the CEO of Kyron Global, India’s largest Corporate Accelerator that supported startup-led Digital Transformation & Innovation programs for multinational corporations; Kyron was part of a recent transaction towards the establishment of TechStars India. Prior to Kyron, he served as the India Country Head & Managing Director for ACI Worldwide Inc., a leading global payments solutions provider.
He has held several roles including as – an Entrepreneur (CEO & Founder of startups backed by Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital etc. in Silicon Valley); an IT Executive (Managing Director & VP positions at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank) in Wall St; a Product Executive (GM & SVP Products at VerticalNet in San Francisco), Chief Technologist (Chief Architect for British Telecom in London); a Management/Strategy Consultant (Principal of a boutique firm focused on Cloud Computing & SaaS in New York); and a Product & Services Delivery Head for APAC.
Mr. Raju has deep domain expertise in several verticals including Financial Services, Retail, Technology, and Telecom. He has been on both sides of the fence – as a Corporate Executive acquiring disruptive technologies to drive innovation and as an entrepreneur (and now advisor) of B2B startups selling to major corporations. He has lived and worked in three continents and has run global teams. He is an alum of Boston University (Management & Business) and Indian Institute of Science (Electrical & Electronics Engineering).