Individual Members

Rajendra Kulkarni

CEO - Advisor - Investor - Mentor:  Raj is a highly networked and experienced executive and angel investor with 25+ years of global experience in the hi-technology industry.  He has a proven track record of working with early / growth stage companies as an operating executive, investor and adviser.  His expertise is in converting ideas into businesses, opening new markets and creating singular focus on execution towards successful exits.

Currently, Raj is the CEO and Founder at SeedFire Venture Advisors.  SeedFire is an on-demand services provider to select organizations in US, Europe and India in three specific areas:  Strategic Consulting, Elastic On-demand Sales, Marketing and Technology Execution Services, and, Market Entry Services.

Before SeedFire, Raj founded GemStone Systems, an enterprise infrastructure software company that has pioneered the adoption of several infrastructure technologies including object oriented database management systems, application servers and in-memory, virtualized real-time data grids.  GemStone was acquired by VMWare (http://www.vmware.com/), a leader in the virtualization and cloud computing space.

Raj truly enjoys working with and mentoring entrepreneurs.  He is a founding charter member and a board member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Portland chapter (https://oregon.tie.org/).  Raj is also a limited partner in Portland Seed Fund (Portland, OR, http://portlandseedfund.com/) and Founders’ Co-op, a seed stage investment fund out of Seattle, WA, http://www.founderscoop.com/.  He is an active member of two of the most prominent Florida focused investment groups: New World Angels (NWA, http://newworldangels.com/, a private group of angel investors) and Miami Innovation Fund (MIF, http://www.miamiinnovationfund.com/#!/page_Home, a private group of seed investors).  Raj is also an active member of IAN (Indian Angel Network, http://indianangelnetwork.com/ ).

Raj is an active seed investor / advisor / mentor / board member and has invested in several startups in US, India and Europe including:  Ridgeback Network Defense (self-contained security appliance), Responster (clarity, collaboration, and control to design and share engaging surveys in minutes), BitDeli (a hosted platform for real-time data analytics - exited),  Celly (enables creation of public or private social networks instantly),  Chirpify (enables consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact in-stream on Twitter), Gamiana (developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online games), Geoloqi (a real-time location platform - exited), GlobeSherpa (a secure, mobile ticketing platform for transit systems - exited), MyMela (a dynamic online marketplace for Indian artisans),  AppFog (a leading platform as a service, PAAS provider - exited), SweetSpot Diabetes Care (a health data company focused on data in treatment of diabetes - exited), WedWu (a Priceline-like service for brides and grooms), and zApproved (legal and regulatory compliance platform SaaS).