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Ritu Raj

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

VP Growth at Diamond Foundry. Founder & CEO, BeingHappy, Wag Hotels, Avasta. Previous Partner, Accenture, SVP Sales at TMP WW.

VP Growth at Diamond Foundry. Founder & CEO, BeingHappy, Wag Hotels, Avasta. Previous Partner, Accenture, SVP Sales at TMP WW.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Product
  • UI/Design
I have an idea I'm commited to
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In

Founder

BeingHappy
Objectiveli
OrchestratorMail
Wag Hotels
Avasta

Side Projects

BeingHappy

Positions

Vice President of Growth Diamond Foundry January 2016 - present
Co-Founder BeingHappy July 2014 - present
Co-Founder and CEO Objectiveli 2012 - July 2014
Founder, CEO & President OrchestratorMail March 2008 - October 2012
Entrepreneur in Residence Spring Ventures LLP July 2011 - July 2012
Founder, CEO & President Wag Hotels March 2005 - March 2009
Partner Accenture July 2001 - December 2004
Founder, CEO & President Avasta July 1999 - March 2001
VP Sales Consulting Services TMP Worldwide May 1994 - July 1999
Consultant Tecnova 1989 - 1990
Associate Nasscom 1989 - 1990

Education

Delhi University Data Processinng and Management 1987 - 1988
Modern School Science 1983 - 1983

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
  • • Growth
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Growth hacking
  • • User Experience Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Mobile
  • • Social Impact
  • • Consumer App
  • • Happiness

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Entrepreneur • Product management • Business Strategy • Marketing Strategy • Startups

Key Accomplishments

I am known for creating the largest chain of Dog & Cat hotels in the world (Wag Hotels), founding product manager/ marketing for SideCar, and in 1999 build the first cloud computing company, Avasta. I have raised more than $100M dollars for these ventures.

I am a strong visionary, have good design skills and think in terms of design thinking, but I excel at bringing new products to market (Marketing, Sales, PR, Product).

Previously I have a background in Enterprise (Sales, Operations and Management) partner at Accenture, SVP of TMP Worldwide, managing $1.2B sales.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I believe in expertise model, I grant trust, dont micro manage, keep the team, and every one focussed on the outcomes.

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Amandeep Khurana
They're my friends  •  Principal Solutions Architect @ Cloudera. Ex-AWS. Work on mapping business problems to technology solutions.
Ritu is a driven, resourceful person and is open to exploring new ideas all the time. He often has opinions about things but is more than wi ... lling to listen and change his thinking based on inputs he gets, which is an admirable quality. He's also very insightful and present to other people and is always willing to support/help/contribute in any way possible.
Sunil Paul
We worked together  •  Board of Directors, Zynga and Co-Founder & CEO, Sidecar. Vanderbilt grad.
Yes. Persistent and creative.
Martin Roscheisen
We worked together  •  Previously Chairman, President & CEO, Nanosolar. Previously Chairman & CEO, eGroups (acquired by Yahoo). Stanford grad.
He's got that rare fire in the belly that characterizes the most successful entrepreneurs.
Stas Gulinsky
We worked together  •  Founder, FilingRabbit. Previously Founder and CEO, Stasify.
Ritu is a phenomenal judge of character. He immediately identifies people's self imposed barriers. Not only that he provides significant ins ... ights but more importantly he is an immovable stand for people to overcome their barriers. Often, stronger than people themselves.
Josh Weissburg
They're my friends  •  Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Outbound. Previously Marketing Associate, Getaround.
Ritu brings experience, a view and a strong network to his work. He thinks about the world and about business in his own way, and that's som ... ething every business needs.
Aneil Mallavarapu
Product / Strategy / Engineering with a focus on marketplaces; Looking for a co-founder with a great business problem.
Peter J. Buscemi
We worked together  •  CEO Marketing Consultant | CMO | VP Marketing | VP Field Marketing | Technology Marketing Executive, Four Quadrant, LLC.
Ritu is a serial entrepreneur who pursues his vision with a great deal of passion.
Edward Smith
We worked together  •  Sr. Mobile Developer, Relcy, Inc. and Advisor, Check Your Science.
Ritu has great insights into the social dynamics and strategy.

Amandeep Khurana
They're my friends  •  Principal Solutions Architect @ Cloudera. Ex-AWS. Work on mapping business problems to technology solutions.
Amandeep is all heart, and knows what he knows really deep, loves contributing to people.

Sunil Paul
Board of Directors, Zynga and Co-Founder & CEO, Sidecar. Vanderbilt grad.
Sunil is an incredible visionary and strategist. He is very thoughtful and has very high integrity. It was a pleasure working with him, and ... seeing him in action.

Aneil Mallavarapu
Product / Strategy / Engineering with a focus on marketplaces; Looking for a co-founder with a great business problem.
Aniel is one of the smartest guys I know, his background allows him to think "organically" at tackle really large problems. I love his attit ... ude and intelligence.

Stas Gulinsky
Founder, FilingRabbit. Previously Founder and CEO, Stasify.
Stas is one hell of a persistent, and organized entrepreneur I have met, he is a little bull headed at times, but that works for him to dig ... his heals in and make things happen.

Edward Smith
Sr. Mobile Developer, Relcy, Inc. and Advisor, Check Your Science.
Edward is one of the masters of mobile applications, he is an old school engineer, who brings the old and the new together. If you are doing ... a mobile app, you want Ed in your corner.

Maya Zuckerman
Marketing Manager, Keyframe-Entertainment and Founder, Transmedia SF.
Maya is awesome. She brings a deep understanding of media and technology, and has a very positive and uplifting attitude.

Sabrina Mutukisna
They're my advisor  •  Co-Founder & CEO, The Town Kitchen. Previously: Statewide Program Manager, California Teacher Pathway. Cal grad -- Go Bears!
She is a very strong, socially driven entrepreneur.

Elise DuFour
They're my friends  •  Co Founder, GEECs Global Engineering & Exploration Councelors and Environmental & Education Consultant, Balyhu Productions.
She is dedicated and will make things happen.