Mr. K. Ram Shriram is the Founder and Managing Partner at Sherpalo Ventures. He started the firm in January, 2000. Mr. Shriram is an active angel investor and has been a technology industry insider for over 25 years.
He works closely with founding teams on the challenging issues that confront and confound early stage ventures. Mr. Shriram's knowledge of and advice on issues ranging from raising venture capital, key management hiring, making the right product choices, and defining and adapting the business model to changing market conditions can help for securing early customer wins, build momentum from a standing start, and generate international growth.
Immediately prior to this, he served as an Officer and Vice President of Business Development at Amazon.com. Mr. Shriram came to Amazon.com in August, 1998, when Amazon acquired Junglee, where he was the President. While at Amazon, he helped grow the customer base during its early high growth phase in 1998/1999. At Junglee, Mr. Shriram served as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Before this, he was a Member of the Netscape Executive Team, joining them in 1994, where he initiated and built relationships with a targeted set of partner's worldwide, building market share, and revenue momentum before they shipped products or posted revenue.
Mr. Shriram drove the many partnerships and channels that Netscape employed to get massive distribution for its browser and server products. Previously, he also served as a Vice President at Netscape Communications Corporation from February 1994 to February 1998. Mr. Shriram served as Netscape's Director of Channel Sales of Network Computing Devices from October 1990 to November 1994. He also took on added responsibility in 1996 for building Netscape's indirect channels of distribution worldwide and also managed several hundred people with 16 direct reports across three continents. Mr. Shriram drove the many partnerships and channels that Netscape employed to get massive distribution for its browser and server products. He has been a Director of Onhealth Network Co. since February 1998 and Zazzle.com, Inc. since July 18, 2005. Mr. Shriram also serves on the Boards of Yodlee, PodShow, and Plaxo, Inc. He serves as an Industry Advisor of Diamondhead Ventures. Mr. Shriram has been very active in building Google Inc. and currently serves as a Founding Board Member. He is a Founding Board Member of 247customer.com and Frontline Wireless.
Mr. Shriram serves on the Advisory Board of Naukri.com. He has served as a Director of Elance, Inc. Mr. Shriram is a Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). He was named number four on the top tech dealmakers by Forbes and number five on top ten kingmakers in tech by Business 2.0 magazine.