FORA.tv Speaker - Anand Rajaraman
Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan co-founded Kosmix with the vision of connecting people to information that makes a difference in their lives. Since the acquisition of Kosmix by Walmart, Mr. Rajaraman has served as Senior Vice President, Walmart Global E-Commerce and Head, @WalmartLabs.
Together with Mr. Harinarayan, Mr. Rajaraman is a founding partner at Cambrian Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm whose investments include Aster Data (Teradata), Neoteris (Juniper Networks), Kaltix (Google), Transformic (Google), Gradiance and Efficient Frontier. Mr. Rajaraman serves on the board of directors at Aster Data and Gradiance.
Mr. Rajaraman and Mr. Harinarayan are active angel investors and among the handful of preferred angel investors in Facebook in 2005.
Along with Mr. Harinarayan, Mr. Rajaraman co-founded Junglee in 1996, a company that pioneered Internet comparison shopping. After Amazon's acquisition of Junglee in 1998 for more than $250 million, Mr. Harinarayan helped create Amazon's marketplace business, which today accounts for more than 30 percent of Amazon's gross merchandise sales. Mr. Rajaraman and Mr. Harinarayan are also co-inventors of the concept underlying the Amazon.com Mechanical Turk technology.
Mr. Rajaraman teaches a class on data mining at the computer science department of Stanford University. He recently co-authored a textbook, Mining of Massive Datasets, with Stanford University professor Jeff Ullman. The book was downloaded more than 50,000 times in its first month alone.
Mr. Rajaraman obtained his master's and doctoral degrees in computer science from Stanford University and his bachelor's degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.