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Founding Managing Director @
11 Investments in 5 Companies

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Raman Khanna is an experienced executive with over 30 years of experience in Internet infrastructure and enterprise computing. He has been involved with more than 25 start-ups in roles such as investor, Board of Director member and Advisory Board member.

Raman co-founded Diamondhead in June 2000 and has led the Firm’s investments in Cavium Networks (IPO in May 2007: CAVM), firstRain, Intraspect (acquired by Vignette), Nitronex (acquired by Gaas labs), Orative (acquired by Cisco Systems), PassMark Security (acquired by RSA Security/EMC), Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems), and Serus.

Prior to 2000, Raman served as an advisor to many companies including Berkeley Networks (acquired by Fore Systems), Siara Networks (acquired by Redback), Terabeam, SupportSoft (IPO), Selectica (IPO), Mergent Systems (acquired by CommerceOne) and Portola Communications (acquired by Netscape). Raman also served on the board of directors of Entercept Security Technologies, acquired in May 2003 by McAfee for $120 million.

Prior to co-founding Diamondhead, Raman worked at Stanford University for 16 years in various roles, including Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Executive Director of Computing and Communications. As Stanford’s CIO, Raman managed an organization of 450 professionals responsible for deploying and managing Stanford’s entire IT infrastructure and applications that support Stanford’s business and academic activities. During Raman’s tenure, Stanford University’s IT organization was well recognized as being an early adopter of new and emerging technologies. In addition, Raman formed and managed Stanford’s IT Industry Advisory Board which consisted of senior technologists and executives from leading technology organizations such as Cisco Systems, IBM, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems.

Raman was one of the early believers and adopters of the Internet and was also a central member of the Internet 2 project. Internet 2, the next generation of the Internet, is a consortium of 200+ universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow’s Internet. Raman has served on the Internet 2 Steering Committee and as a member of the Internet 2 Industry Strategy Council.

Raman is a charter member of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE), a global network of primarily Indian entrepreneurs. He was a member of the Working Council for CIOs and other professional groups that brought together CIOs from large IT organizations. He has also served on Advisory Boards of global corporations such as Microsoft, Dell and Sun Microsystems.

Raman served as a contributing editor for four books on technology topics including networking, distributed computing and collaboration. He has been a keynote speaker for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) as well as a speaker at IBF conferences and industry events focusing on university spin-outs.

Raman received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Delhi University, an M.S. in computer science from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University.

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Managing Director

Founding Managing Director

Jun, 2000 - Current   (over 16 years)
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CIO / CTO / Executive Director, Computing & Communications

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