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Rajiv Thondanoor

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Advisor, GM at BCG Digital Ventured, VP Product at CBS Interactive, CPO OpenInstall, Director of Product at Yahoo!, Scientist at Ask.com.

Advisor, GM at BCG Digital Ventured, VP Product at CBS Interactive, CPO OpenInstall, Director of Product at Yahoo!, Scientist at Ask.com.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
  • UI/Design

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In

Founder

Relishly

Advisor

Piqora (formerly Pinfluencer)
Relishly
Advisor / Consultant
Mevoked
Piqora (formerly Pinfluencer)

Positions

Principal BCG Digital Ventures October 2015 - present
Project Lead & Relevance Scientist Ask.com 2004 - 2007
Co Founder / Advisor Relishly 2015 - present
Advisor / Consultant Advisor / Consultant 2015 - present
Advisor Mevoked 2011 - present
Advisor to CEO Piqora (formerly Pinfluencer) 2012 - 2015
Vice President, Product CBS Interactive 2012 - 2014
Chief Product Officer OpenInstall 2011 - 2012
Director of Product Management, Yahoo! Search, Software Yahoo! 2010 - 2011
Director of Product Management, Yahoo! Web Search Yahoo! Inc. 2007 - 2010
Project Lead & Relevance Analyst Ask.com 2004 - 2007
Software Engineer Wipro Technologies/Cisco 2000 - 2001

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara Computer Science 2001 - 2004
M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology Computer Science 1996 - 2000

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Advisor With
  • • B2B sales
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Software Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Dating
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Financial Services
  • • Food and Restaurants
  • • Games
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Sports
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Content
  • • News

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Product management

Key Accomplishments

Idea to product to revenue to acquisition in a year. I have also managed products that generate >$250M annually. Grown product from 0 to XXM MAU's in under 12 months.

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Arun Ravi
They're my friends  •  Founder/CEO, Mevoked. Previously Practice Leader (Healthcare IT) / Senior Consultant, Frost & Sullivan. University of Arizona grad.
He has been a great adviser for us @ Mevoked. He is very driven and has great technical skills. His work experience is also stellar, he has ... worked from startups to large corporations and that gives him a great view of the ecosystem. The ability to take a product from idea to prototype to market is a very hard task and Rajiv has done that multiple times.
Sean Murphy
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, Andy OS, Inc. Previously Vice President & General Manager, Download.com, CBS Interactive. University of Oregon grad.
He loves solving problems and won't quit
eric glover
We worked together  •  Fellow, Quixey. Previously Adviser, Quixey. University of Michigan grad. University of Michigan grad.
Rajiv is a great entrepreneur, technical education and training, followed by hands-on business leadership experience. Being able to create s ... oftware was never enough - he wanted to delve into the "why" as well as the "how to make this technology into a successful product". Starting from hands on building/implementing, he rapidly moved up to the designing, planning and leadership of larger and more significant teams. Rajiv has always been focused on developing strong personal relationships and knowing every little detail about the inner workings of Silicon Valley. Learning what has worked (and why) and what doesn't work - a key to business success.
Tuoc Luong
We worked together  •  CEO, Unique Solutions Design Ltd. and Co Founder, KarmaLaunch, Inc..
The environment where Rajiv worked for at Ask Jeeves was very much a startup - a small search engine company fighting the likes of Google an ... d Yahoo. He was able to do well in a limited resource, fast moving environment against much larger resourced company.
Burke Culligan
We worked together  •  COO, Education.com. Previously VP, Product Management, Adobe.
Drive and passion for solving hard problems... ability to cut through the noise and determine what factors are really important and will dri ... ve success.
Sharad Verma
We worked together  •  Co-Founder/CEO, Piqora. Previously Product, Bloomspot.com.
Rajiv is a strategic thinker and a rigorous analyst who frequently spots market opportunities before others do. He is also an extreme doer, ... hacker, and get-it-done-by-any-means-possible kinda guy -- which is what startups need to get going. He is the both the idea guy and the hustle guy and has the chops to talk to engineers, product, business and investors.
Kartik Ramakrishnan
We worked together  •  Chief Operating Officer, Ask.com. Previously SVP & GM, Adchemy Software, Adchemy. Stanford grad. Stanford GSB grad.
Rajiv finds a way to get things done. He is analytical, able to scope market opportunities and prioritize a plan of action to capture those ... opportunities. He is also very personable & has infectious enthusiasm.
Sumit Gwalani
They're my school  •  Product Management, Google. Previously Information Security Engineer, Google. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.
Rajiv is a great entrepreneur. He is risk-taking, smart, very creative and most importantly knows how to get things done. He has great commu ... nication skills and is very motivated.
Arun Ravi
They're my friends  •  Founder/CEO, Mevoked. Previously Practice Leader (Healthcare IT) / Senior Consultant, Frost & Sullivan. University of Arizona grad.
His experience is amazing, he has worked for companies from the ground level to running larger products/teams. He has a feel for technology ... and as an advisor he helped us get through a lot of difficult times. He has everything it takes to succeed.

Burke Culligan
We worked together  •  COO, Education.com. Previously VP, Product Management, Adobe.
Burke's innate ability to quickly identify what's important and more importantly what's not is critical for any startup. His extensive exper ... ience in shipping products that impact 100's of millions of users is extremely rare and useful. Given his stints at various large & small tech companies, he has a very well-rounded set of skills that can help companies of all sizes.