Investment Board Candidate - Venkat Raju

Candidates for election to the AICoin Investment Board
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PrincessBitcoin
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Investment Board Candidate - Venkat Raju

Post by PrincessBitcoin » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:11 pm

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Mr. Venkat Raju is an active Angel Investor and serves as a mentor & advisor to several startups (and as a Director in some). Of relevance, he is a Strategic Advisor to KnuEdge, a Deep Learning/Neural Computing company based in San Diego; on the Board of KrypC Corp, a global blockchain technology company; and an Advisor to Crypto Assets Design Group, a leading token launch & ICO Marketing company based in Europe.

Most recently he served as the CEO of Kyron Global, India’s largest Corporate (Open) Innovation Platform Services provider; the platform enables a variety of startup-enabled Digital Transformation programs ranging from Corporate Accelerators to Incubation Labs for multinational corporations. Kyron was part of a recent transaction towards the establishment of TechStars India.

Mr. Raju’s current portfolio (investments plus advisory roles) span a wide spectrum – Blockchain, AI, AR/VR, SaaS, Big Data & Analytics, Mobility & FinTech, Cyber & Data Security, IoT, Social Media & related Consumer Internet. Mr. Raju is an accomplished entrepreneur & seasoned executive with strong business, technology and general management credentials. 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 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).

stewart_mcgregor_76
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Re: Investment Board Candidate - Venkat Raju

Post by stewart_mcgregor_76 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:47 pm

Hi Venkat, that’s for making the effort and submitting your candidacy. Can you tell me your AICoin slack channel handle? Thanks Stu

Aleksander Wishman
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Re: Investment Board Candidate - Venkat Raju

Post by Aleksander Wishman » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:28 am

Hello Venkat. Impressive CV. My _only_ concern is your time. As this would require quite a bit of your time, to review many companies. If you have alot of free time however, you will likely get my vote! Thank you for wanting to help the community like this! -Aleksander W.

jonothan
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Re: Investment Board Candidate - Venkat Raju

Post by jonothan » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:30 pm

A devils advocate question to all Board applicants. QU. Can you give me an example of a failure (business, investment or personal), what was the failure and how will or how does this experience make you the right candidate to vote for? Cheers Jonothan

Duncan
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Re: Investment Board Candidate - Venkat Raju

Post by Duncan » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:23 pm

Hi Venkat,
First, thanks so much for putting in the time and effort for the good of the collective. A general question, I'm asking all candidates: what factors will you look for, or do you think are the most important when evaluating the potential of a start-up

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