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Raj Patel

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Now: startups in Brazil. Before: startups in Silicon Valley, venture advising, sales, and Latin American studies. Stanford/Harvard/Berkeley

Now: startups in Brazil. Before: startups in Silicon Valley, venture advising, sales, and Latin American studies. Stanford/Harvard/Berkeley

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Involved In




Early stage startups Early stage startups 2012 - present
Marketing Associate Merrill Lynch 2010 - 2012
Blogger / Social Media Marketer GoalSpring Financial 2008 - 2010
Marketing Associate / Information Systems Manager TTG Corp 2008 - December 2009
Entrepreneurship Mentor and Academic Tutor BUILD October 2007 - October 2008
Patent Analyst PlusUltra March 2005 - January 2007
Patent Litigation Assistant Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP August 2004 - December 2005
Consultant Celerity Consulting Group 2003 - 2004
Program Coordinator International House Berkeley January 2001 - December 2002
Social Worker Associação Multidisciplinar de Aprendizagem e Profissionalização (AMAP) May 1999 - August 1999


Harvard University Social Sciences 2006 - 2009
Stanford University Humanities - intellectual history and philosophy 2007 - 2008
University of California, Berkeley Information Systems and History 1998 - 2002
Università di Pisa Italian 1998 - 1998
Colegio del Centenario (La Plata, Argentina) 1997 - 1997

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Financial Services
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education
  • • Nutrition
  • • Records
  • • Wellness

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

I have a typical entrepreneur's background, which is experimentation with a variety of functional roles / industries, and a fearlessness towards exploration and continuous learning. I bring a strong vision and startups for me are a lifestyle choice as much as anything else. It's about finding a pain point, building awesome products and teams, and "making a dent in the universe." My background is all Silicon Valley, but I'm now focused on emerging markets, and specifically Brazil.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Co-founding a company is about culture and personality fit. I'm looking for a co-founder with a true passion and drive -- someone who has an active lifestyle, works smart, and focuses on execution. Bonus if he or she shares my belief that simplicity and a smooth user experience is central to a great product.

As an Advisor

My style is hands-off. I believe successful founders are self-driven people with a demonstrated passion for what they are building and pitching. I focus on being a resource for them when needed and providing guidance when it's sought. My goal is to simply empower great people.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Kelly Price
They're my friends  •  Senior Vice President, Oncology Business Unit, The Planning Shop international. Stanford grad.
Because he has a vision and he is willing to work persistently in spite of many odds in order to realize it.
Gert Lanckriet
They're my school  •  Academic Ambassador / Co-Founder, Benefunder / Pushing Innovation and Professor, University of California at San Diego.
Yes. He is smart and persistent.
Eduardo Abeliuk
They're my school  •  Founder, and Founder, TeselaGen Biotechnology. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
Raj is a multi-lingual, friendly, and talented strategist with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He is well connected, particularly in Latin ... America and the U.S., where he has spent most of his time. I think any group of people would enjoy working with him.
Andrei Stoica
They're my advisor  •  Previously co-Founder, CEO, ConnectAndSell, Inc.. Previously co-Founder, Panopticon. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
Raj is clearly already an entrepreneur. He has focused his energy on connecting with other entrepreneurs, investors and advisors as well as ... exploring potential business models. He is an amazing communicator, with an innate love of people and a desire to understand them and meet their needs. He enjoys meeting new people and connecting them with others that can be helpful, and manages to do it with sincerity and thought. If a team of any size needs an individual to face outwards to customers or potential customers, Raj would be an excellent choice.
Deven Soni
They're my school  •  CoFounder, Sprayable Energy. Previously Partner, NEVEQ. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Deep curiousity, strong global network and a passion to succeed.
Samad Nasserian
They're my school  •  Founder & CEO, Cozymeal and VP of Partnerships, Persian Tech Entrepreneurs. Stanford grad.
Very smart, driven entrepreneur who is not afraid to take a big risk in order to go after big goals.
Andres Diana
Founding Partner / CEO, CoinPlay LLC and Partner / Quantitative Trader, Chimera Securities. Wharton grad.
Raj has great knowledge and deep connections in the startup world and Silicone Valley. Perhaps more importantly he is genuinely willing to ... help and I'm sure would make a great adviser for any company or individual seeking his help.
Amara Okoli
They're my school  •  Applications Sales Representative, Enterprise HCM, Oracle and Educational Consultant, Self. Stanford grad.
Raj would be a great entrepreneur because he is highly driven individual who naturally connects with people and who positively inspires his ... network of talented peers and entreprenuers to achieve success in every endeavor.
Boubékeur Benjamin Ouaglal
They're my school  •  Sales and Business Development Manager, BlueNext.
Raj would be a great entrepreneur bc he has the hunger to build something, he's got the will to pass all the hurdles that may come his way, ... and he'll have fun doing it!
Avi Tuschman
They're my school
Raj is extraordinarily gifted in all facets of business, is very intelligent, and has extensive international experience, especially in Lati ... n America. Phenomenal networker too. He easily gets my top vote for "most likely to succeed." I look forward to following his career.
Dwipal Desai
They're my friends  •  Sr. Director, Product Engineering, Samsung Electronics and Founder, Video Mirchi. University of Southern California grad.
He has a strong drive to succeed and can think outside the box.
Talita Ferreira
They're my friends  •  Co-Lead of Women Techmakers in Brazil, Google and Strategic Partner Manager - Online Partnerships Group, Google. Stanford grad.
Great network between Brazil and Silicon Valley and a great sales person
Juliana Renner Ely
They're my friends  •  Worked , and Diretora de Internet Marketing & Sócia -, University of Southern California grad.
Raj has been tenaciously pursuing opportunities in Brazil. He has an outstanding knowledge of Brazilian economics, politics and the entrepre ... neurial environment here. He is also a great connector and communicator: his network is broad and deep in the Sillicon Valley and very good among startup kids in Brazil. His Portuguese is excellent and he understands Brazilians way better than most foreigners. Although we haven't had the opportunity of working together, it was clear in the opportunities we've had to talk that he has good knowledge of several new technologies and the way new technologies become business models.
Daniel Feldman
They're my friends  •  VP Business Development & Channel Marketing, Microsemi Corporation. Previously VP Business Development, Microsemi Corporation.
Raj is determined to create new business models derived from the ones found in the US to the Brazilian economic reality. Not for the faint o ... f heart.
Tanya Paluso
They're my school  •  CEO, Tribal Truth. Previously Event Manager, ABRA Networking Association. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Raj has so much experience, is so good with people, and has the skill set to succeed at whatever he does. He takes risks and is smart about ... it.
Arif Janmohamed
They're my friends  •  Founding Charter Member and Member of Organizing Committee, C100 and Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners. Wharton grad.
Victor Santiago Pineda
They're my school  •  Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity, UC Berkeley. Previously Research Fellow, World Institute on Disability.
I’ve known Raj for 15 years. His network is incredibly diverse and powerful. I know how he thinks and he’s sincere in wanting to change ... the world. He has a great sales ability, is comfortable in any cultural environment, and has an extensive background in the technology business — all of which make him a valuable partner on projects.
Jen Bradburn
They're my friends  •  Global Curriculum Manager, Sales Onboarding at Google, Google. Previously Global Curriculum Manager, Display and Mobile Solutions, Google.
Raj is a resourceful and high caliber individual. He has a vast network and is well respected by his peers.
Sarah Kurien
They're my school  •  Recruiting Lead, Facebook NYC. Previously Recruiting Lead & Landing Team Member, Facebook London. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Raj has ample experience and education, as well as the energy and tenacity to make things happen. He's well connected, sharp, and has the un ... ique blend of kindheartedness and business savvy that he applies to his every interaction. He'll make a terrific entrepreneur.
Ruben Guerrero
They're my friends  •  Regional Director, Latin America, Centrify Corporation. Previously Country Manager, Brazil, Orc Financial Technologies.
I would happily vouch for Raj any day. He's an extremely intelligent and experienced entrepreneur. He provides honest and thoughtful feed ... back specially around marketing and growth strategies. Raj offers a wealth of value to entrepreneurs, companies and investors looking to bridge the gap between emerging markets and the US.

Avi Tuschman
They're my school  •  Cofounder and CEO, AMS Psychographics, Inc.; Author of Our Political Nature (Prometheus / Random House); Stanford BA and PhD
He has a level of analytical creativity that is extremely rare amongst even the smartest individuals I know. Add to that he is an avid surfe ... r, and his mix of athleticism and deliberateness makes him a great potential co-founder.

Kelly Price
They're my friends  •  Senior Vice President, Oncology Business Unit, The Planning Shop international. Stanford grad.
Kelly is internationally aware, a truly global businessperson, and comfortable in any environment. I strongly recommend her.

Juliana Renner Ely
They're my friends  •  Worked , and Diretora de Internet Marketing & Sócia -, University of Southern California grad.
There are many talented people in Brazil. Juliana is among the top. She has excellent business training, a truly global mindset, and an exce ... llent network. Her experience is diverse, and frankly, when I've conversed with her about business and technology, I have to remind myself that I'm talking to a professional in Sao Paulo and not a tech or marketing executive in California.

Boubékeur Benjamin Ouaglal
They're my school  •  Sales and Business Development Manager, BlueNext.
Boubékeur is one of the highest quality individuals I had the pleasure of knowing at Berkeley. We lived and studied together. He is flexibl ... e, optimistic, and very smart, especially in engineering and economics. Many entrepreneurs have the drive yet are reckless in their approach to building teams and products. In contrast, Boubékeur has the positive energy of an executive combined with the thoughtfulness and strategic vision of a founder.

Boubékeur Benjamin Ouaglal
They're my school  •  Sales and Business Development Manager, BlueNext.
Boubékeur is one of the most intelligent engineers and diplomatic persons that I met at Berkeley. He is easily in the category of natural e ... ntrepreneur.