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Harvard Business School, MBA 1999
General Management
University of Pennsylvania, BE 1989
Computer Science & Engineering
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.Sc. (Economics) 1989
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Ravi Gururaj

Serial Entrepreneur / Angel / Mentor / Tech Exec / Dad / Evangelist. @Citrix, @NASSCOM Product & Executive Council, @TiE

Ravi Gururaj is Chairman & Co-Founder of Frictionless Ventures where he is building and investing in innovative software products primarily in the cloud, mobile, and big data segments. Over his 25-year career, Ravi has held wide ranging roles including promoting an STPI unit exporting software components out of India, product management at Intel, served as Managing Director of the Trilogy Software’s India engineering center, and founded multiple successful software product ventures two of which were acquired by public NASDAQ listed US technology companies.

Ravi is a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council, Chairman of the NASSCOM Product Council and Co-Host of the NASSCOM Product Conclave (NPC). He is Charter Member of TiE Bangalore where he launched the Cloud SIG and is Co-Founder & Co-Chair of HBS Alumni Angels India chapter.

VMLogix, which he founded in 2004 was venture funded by Bain Capital Ventures and acquired by Citrix in 2010. At Citrix, Ravi served as Vice President Products in the Cloud Platforms group, was a member of the global Citrix CTO Office, represented the Citrix Startup Accelerator and was on the India R&D leadership team.

Ravi received his MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. He graduated with honors as Benjamin Franklin Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania in the Management and Technology (M&T) program, receiving a B.S.E. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Moore School and a B.Sc. in Finance from the Wharton School. He was also a research scholar at the University of Edinburgh and schooled at La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata.

Specialties: Cloud computing, eCommerce, SaaS, collaboration, wireless & mobile software, enterprise software, building India engineering teams & global in-house centers, start-up accelerators & incubators, founding / growing / advising / mentoring start-ups, strategic technology development, R&D management; technology strategy; technology business development;

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Tookitaki 5/2013Seed$200k5
Explara.com 2/2013Venture Round5
Explara.com 2/2013Angel6
Socialblood, Inc 1/2013Seed$36.5k3

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  2. Ayojak.com Receives Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  3. Ayojak.com (Explara) Secures Funding from HBS Alumni Angels, Blume Ventures, and Srijan Capital (dnaindia.com) [edit]
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