Raju invests in passionate and tenacious entrepreneurs that are building category-defining businesses across a wide range of industries. He has a predilection for companies with deep technology roots, but is always willing to invest in a new area with an exceptional team. His current investment areas include Enterprise Technology (Beeswax, NodeSource, Imgix, Ready Robotics), Real Estate Technology (Latch, Knock), Healthcare IT (Redox, Bend), and Marketplaces (Hyla, Nomad). He prefers to invest at the Series A or Seed stage of a business, but doesn’t rule out later stage companies. Raju looks for startups that are disrupting massive markets, are utilizing cutting edge technology, and/or are looking to solve complex and meaningful problems.
Before joining RRE Ventures, Raju was a Venture Partner at Sigma Prime Ventures in Boston. Most of his career, however, was spent as an entrepreneur and operator. He was the founder of several startups in the mobile and enterprise software sectors. Prior to that, Raju held executive roles at AT&T and Lucent. Due in part to his operating background, Raju likes to be involved with his companies, and wants to be the first call for an entrepreneur when things are going well or not so well.
Raju is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering. Raju is a lifelong hacker & no electronic product in his home remains unaltered. Outside of the office, Raju can be found sipping a fine single malt and spending time with his wife and four kids.