raj

Raj is a technology entrepreneur and investor, with over 25 years of experience in the innovation and information technology sectors applied to the business issues of technology-enabled companies and ecosystems as a leader, VC, and advisor.

Currently, Raj is Managing Director of JetBlue Technology Ventures.

Previously, Raj was CEO and co-founder of London-based Sooqini (www.sooqini.com). Founded in 2011, Sooqini is a task marketplace, where small businesses save time and money requesting tasks and services that are managed by us and fulfilled by the 20K+ providers on the system. He is also the founder Chairman of the UK Sharing Coalition, ukshare.co, a trade association dedicated to making the UK the best place for the Sharing Economy.

Previously, as an independent consultant, Raj worked with various European government and private institutions on matters regarding funding and enabling startups to foster increased entrepreneurship.

As CEO and co-founder of D&L Partners SA, Raj set-up and ran a boutique consulting firm based in Geneva that focuses on innovation consulting for governments and large corporations, with special emphasis on the MENA region.

As General Partner and co-founder of Pervasive Technology Ventures, and also as a Principal for the New York-based Venture Capital arm of Investcorp International, Raj was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and closing new investments in technology-led start-ups over nine years. Raj joined Investcorp in 2001 and participated in the raising of funds worth over $500 million.

At Booz, Allen & Hamilton (now Strategy&) for six years, Raj was a Principal and a member of the e-Business core team in Europe, where he led strategy and technology projects in the eCommerce, telecoms, media, and financial services sectors.

He has also held multiple positions within IBM over a ten-year period, including consultant for the Telecoms and Media Consulting group.

Raj holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computing Science from Imperial College in London, United Kingdom.

 

 

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