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Ram Kavitarak Shriram

Founder at Sherpalo Ventures LLC
Overview
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Education
Memberships
Career History
Boards & Committees
Political Donations
Investments
Public Holdings
Awards & Honors

Ram Kavitarak Shriram

Founder at Sherpalo Ventures LLC

Overview

Primary Location
Woodside, CA, United States
Birth Location
Chennai, India
Age
62 (Born 01/01/1956)
Notable Companies
Junglee Corp.

Sherpalo Ventures LLC
Net Worth (Estimated)
$2B
Awards
19
Board Seats
22
Number of Relationships
This person is connected to 4,064 people.
Interests
Walking

Music

Photography

Reading

Writing

Relationships See Details


Co-Founder at Alphabet, Inc.

Lead Member of the Board of Directors at Google, Inc.

Partner at Sequoia Capital Israel Ltd.

Chairman at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at 24/7, Inc.

Co-Founder at 24/7, Inc.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Skycatch, Inc.

Co-Founder at Paperless Post

Co-Founder at Paperless Post

Advisor at Gigwax
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TechCrunch
August 18, 2017
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June 8, 2017
Marketwire (Canada)
June 7, 2017
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September 16, 2016
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August 24, 2016
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Educational Background

Bachelor of Science Mathematics 
Madras University is the mother of almost all the old Universities of southern India. The University area of jurisdiction has been confined to, however, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. This is consequent to establishment of various universities in the State and demarcation of the University territories.
MBA 
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. At the Ross School of Business, our mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.
Attendee 
This School was founded in 1959 as a Matriculation School affiliated to the University of Madras and it obtained its recognition vide letter p.A983 dated 19.3.1959.From 13th November 1978 it came under the jurisdiction and recognition of a separate Board of Matriculation Schools.
BS Business 
Queen's University at Kingston (commonly shortened to Queen's University or Queen's) is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, the university predated the founding of Canada by 26 years. Queen's holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen's is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools. The Church of Scotland established Queen's College in 1841 with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. Queen's was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government. In 1883, a women's college for medical education affiliated with Queen's University. In 1888, Queen's University began offering extension courses, becoming the first Canadian university to do so. In 1912, Queen's secularized and changed to its present legal name.

Memberships

Charter Member
Current
The Indus Entrepreneurs provides mentoring, networking and education to entrepreneurs. It is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs and giving back to community. The company was founded by Kailash Joshi in 1992 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.

Career History

Founder
2000 - Current
Sherpalo Ventures invests in the development and commercialization of early-stage, disruptive technologies. The firm looks for companies with breakthrough ideas in the areas of consumer Internet services, defensible or patent pending technologies with commercial appeal and creative new business models that alter the status quo. They also look for companies with well-defined market opportunities, services or technologies that meet a clear customer need and innovative/disruptive solutions to defined problems.
Industry Advisor
Current
Diamondhead Ventures focuses on investments in early-stage technology companies that are developing disruptive technologies and have strong, defensible intellectual property. The firm focuses on technology opportunities related to information security, enterprise 2.0 and cross-discipline areas, such as computational biology. Diamondhead Ventures is particularly interested in identifying investment opportunities arising from leading research universities. The firm seeks spin-out opportunities that offer significant capital efficiency benefits by leveraging prior research and development efforts and that allow the firm to fund emerging technologies at a lower risk and a lower cost than typical early-stage opportunities. Diamondhead Ventures makes initial seed and Series A investments ranging from $500,000 to $5 million. They will invest in a company prior to the full development of the technology and/or management team.
Advisor
Tenure Unconfirmed
Vice President-Business Development
1998 - 1999
Amazon.com, Inc. engages in the provision of online retail shopping services. It operates through the following segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The North America segment includes retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through North America-focused websites such as www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca. The International segment offers retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through internationally-focused websites. The Amazon Web Services segment involves in the global sales of compute, storage, database, and AWS service offerings for start-ups, enterprises, government agencies, and academic institutions. The company was founded by Jeffrey P. Bezos in July 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.
President & Chief Operating Officer
1998 - Prior
Part of Amazon.com, Inc., Junglee Corp. is an American company located in Sunnyvale, CA, that provides shopping information over the Internet. It was founded by Venkatesh Harinarayan, Ashish Gupta, Anand Rajaraman and Rakesh Mathur. Junglee Corp. was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. on 04 Aug 98 for $173.20 million.
Member of Executive Team
1994 - Prior
New Aurora Corp. provides communication software solutions. The company was founded on April 11, 1994 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA.
Partner
Prior
Baseline Ventures focuses on investments in the Internet and information technology sectors. the firm has a particular interest in investments in social networking services companies.
Professional
Prior
Nortel Networks Corp. supplies end-to-end networking products and solutions serving both service providers and enterprise customers. It designs, develops, engineers, markets, sells, supplies, licenses, installs, services, and supports networking solutions worldwide. The company was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.
Professional
Prior

Boards & Committees

Corporate Boards ▾
Member, Board of Directors
2015 - Current
Alphabet, Inc. is a holding company, which engages in the business of acquisition and operation of different companies. It operates through the Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes its main Internet products such as Search, Ads, Commerce, Maps, YouTube, Apps, Cloud, Android, Chrome, Google Play as well as hardware products, such as Chromecast, Chromebooks and Nexus. The Other Bets segment includes businesses such as Access or Google Fiber, Calico, Nest, Verily, GV, Google Capital, X, and other initiatives. The company was founded by Lawrence E. Page and Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin on October 2, 2015 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.
Director
1998 - Current
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Our company has packed a lot into a relatively young life. Since Google was founded in 1998, we’ve grown to serve hundreds of thousands of users and customers around the world. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University in 1995. By 1996, they had built a search engine (initially called BackRub) that used links to determine the importance of individual webpages. Founded 1998 Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin Incorporation September 4, 1998 Initial public offering (NASDAQ) August 19, 2004 Headquarters 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View CA 94043
Chairman
Current
Yubico AB provides technology to quickly and securely log on to websites and networks. Its products include Yubikeys and YubiHSM. Yubikeys is engaged in mobile authentication. YubiHSM offers encryption, decryption, and storage of servers. The company was founded by Stina Ehrensvärd in 2007 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
Member of the Advisory Board
Current
DocuSign, Inc. provides cloud-based electronic signature solutions. Its cloud based electronic signature platform helps companies and individuals securely collect information, automate data workflows and sign anything. The firm automates manual, paper-based processes allowing users to manage all aspects of documented business transactions include identity management, authentication, digital signature, forms and data collection, collaboration, workflow automation and storage. DocuSign was founded by Thomas H. Gonser and Court Lorenzini in 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Member, Board of Directors
Current
Paperless, Inc. provides online messaging services. The firm offers back, front end, mobile and data driven development technology. The company was founded by James D. Hirschfeld and Alexa H. Hirschfeld in 2009 and is headquartered in New York, NY.
Member, Board of Directors
Current
Skycatch, Inc. develops drone platform for commercial logistics applications. It develops, tests, and releases high-quality autonomous drones with real-time HD imagery and video capabilities. The company was founded in 2013 by Christopher Bumgardner and Christian Berney Sanz and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Member, Board of Directors
Current
24/7, Inc. delivers customer engagement software and services for customers to interact with companies through the web, mobile, chat, social, and phone. Its products include active share, chat, customer engagement platform, digital chat agents, speech - vivid speech, virtual agent, and Face book messenger for enterprise. The firm serves education, financial services, healthcare, insurance, retail and e-commerce, telecom, travel and hospitality, and utilities. The company was founded by Pallipuram V. Kannan, Prakash Gurbaxani, Sudhakar Kosaraju, and Shanmugam Nagarajan in 2000 and is headquartered in Campbell, CA.
Member of the Advisory Board
Current
Mixmax, Inc. provides computer software services. The firm makes email as powerful as web pages by enabling actions like completing purchases, confirming expense reports, scheduling events and answering surveys. The company was founded by Olof Mathé, Chanpory Rith and Brad Vogel in 2014 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Director
Current
Director
Prior
New Aurora Corp. provides communication software solutions. The company was founded on April 11, 1994 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA.
Director
Prior
Next Jump, Inc. provides ecommerce and advertising technology. It offers a tailored and personalized approach to online shopping. The company was founded by Greg Kunkel, Charlie Kim, and Meghan Messenger in 1994 and is headquartered in New York. NY.
Director
Prior
StumbleUpon, Inc. operates a discovery engine that finds and recommends Web content to its users. It offers mobile applications for the Android and iOS users to connect to the new and interesting Webpages, and allows them to share it on their social networks. The company was founded by Garret Camp, Justin LaFrance and Geoff Smith in 2001 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Director
Prior
MEVIO hosts networks of personality-driven episodic entertainment to best engage their customers-comprised of viewers, producers, advertisers and partners. MEVIO is one of the fastest growing entertainment sites on the web.They were guided by an A-list of venture capital and thought leadership, including the investors that brought you Google and a management team that brought top shows, hits and releases to consumers. MEVIO is a backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Sherpalo Ventures, DAG Ventures and Crosslink Capital.MEVIO has over forty shows in production, ranging from technology to comedy and general entertainment. They currently have an audience of over six million monthly unique visitors and are ranked by comScore as a top twenty site for both general entertainment and music. Their top networks include technology, music, women's and men's content.
Director
Prior
Business Signatures Corp. provided web-based business management services. It offered e-Fraud prevention solutions to authenticate online customers and prevent online fraud. The company was founded by Peter Relan & Sunil Bhargava in 2001 and was headquartered in Redwood Shores, CA.
Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed
Zazzle, Inc. provides online retail services. It offers customized t-shirts, business cards, invitations, souvenirs and gifts. The firm's proprietary technology enables individuals, professional artists and brands, including Disney and Hallmark to create and offer unique products. The company was founded by Bobby Beaver, Jeff Beaver and Robert Beaver in 1999 and is headquartered in Redwood, CA.
Director
Tenure Unconfirmed
Plaxo, Inc. operates as a cloud-based online address book that synchronizes, updates and unifies the user's contacts across multiple sources. The company was founded by Cameron T. Ring, Sean N. Parker and Todd J. Masonis in 2002 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.
Member, Advisory Board
Tenure Unconfirmed
Director
Tenure Unconfirmed
Gwynnie Bee, Inc. is an American private company located in Long Island, NY, that provides online women’s clothing subscription services. It was founded by Jaswinder Pal Singh.
Non-Profit Boards ▾
Trustee
Current
Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
President of the Board
Current
Member, Advisory Council
Current
Acumen Fund uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Their investments focus on delivering affordable, critical goods and services, such as health, water, housing and energy, through innovative, market-oriented approaches. They look for companies that deliver products or services that generate social outputs that compare favorably with products or services either currently available on the market or through charitable distribution channels. Companies should also have a clear business model that shows potential for financial sustainability within a five to seven year period, including the ability to cover operating expenses with operating revenues. Investments range from $300,000 to $2 million in equity or debt with a payback or exit in roughly five to seven years. Acumen makes direct equity investments in the form of common fully voting or preferred shares. They usually take a minority position and often play a management role through advisory services and a position on the board of directors. Acumen also makes quasi-equity investments which are usually structured as subordinated notes with various features (equity conversion, profit-linked return or other equity premiums) to generate equity-based returns.
Member, Board of Advisors
Prior - 2015
Rutberg Holdings provides financial advisory and corporate financial services. The firm provides services to both public and private companies. The company was founded in 2001 by Justin Behar and Bryan B. Rutberg and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Political Donations

$2,700
2015
Representative at Office of the Representative from California's 19th District, Zoe Lofgren
$2,600
2013
Representative at Office of the Representative from California's 19th District, Zoe Lofgren
$10K
2008
Former President of United States
$2,300
2007
Former President of United States
$50K
2006

Investments

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Xperiel, Inc. develops a platform that enables to build cloud-based applications for hardware and software across various business verticals. It serves sports, theme parks, retail, home and building automation and education industries. The company was founded in 2012 by It serves sports, theme parks, retail, home and building automation, and education industries and Alex Hertel and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.
Details Hidden
Evie Labs, Inc. develops home screen search app for android mobiles. The company was founded by David Long Zhao and Russell d'Sa and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.
Details Hidden
Mywish Marketplaces Pvt Ltd. provides online comparison for retail loans in India. The firm provides all the information on home loan, car loan, personal loan, loan against property and credit card. The company was founded by Rishi Mehra, Amitoj Sethi and Wribhu Tyagi in July 2008 and is headquartered in Noida, India.
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Razorpay Software Pvt Ltd. provides online payment solutions. It offers online payment gateway which allows businesses to collect payments online through credit card, debit card, net banking and popular wallets. The company was founded by Shashank Kumar and Harshil Mathur on May 24, 2013 and is headquartered in Bangalore, India.
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Flexport, Inc. provides online customs brokerage and freight forwarding services. It offers ocean freight, air freight, trucking and delivery, government agency filing, cargo insurance, and warehousing and fulfillment. The company was founded by Ryan Roy Petersen on February 25, 2014 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
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Awards & Honors

Rank #1030
2017
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Sponsored by
Rank #1011
2016
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Sponsored by
Rank #56
2016
Hurun – The Richest People in India
Sponsored by
Rank #358
2015
Forbes Magazine - 400 Richest People in America
Sponsored by
Rank #1006
2015
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Sponsored by
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