Raghu has 20+ years of experience with technology, capital markets, and IP/innovation. Raghu is a Senior Director at SRI Ventures, investing in early-stage opportunities in AI, robotics, speech, vision, and security. SRI Ventures is the investment arm of SRI, an independent, nonprofit research center based in Menlo Park, California.
Raghu comes to SRI Ventures from GE Ventures, where he invested in the broader software, hardware, and telecom space. Prior to this, he managed a large portfolio of collaborative open-source technology projects while at the Linux Foundation and headed the startup investing business (IDFStart) at Intellectual Ventures’ Invention Development Fund (IDF), helping build products and incubate startups. Prior to IV, Raghu held buy- side and sell-side roles at Wall Street firms, including Collins Stewart, Oppenheimer & Co., and Friedman Billings Ramsey.
Raghu also brings extensive experience in the hardware and software design space, having worked in various roles, including semiconductor device fabrication, chip design, systems architecture, strategy, and marketing for Texas Instruments, Intel Corp, Cadence Design Systems, and others.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Raghu received an MBA in finance and investments from Southern Methodist University, an MS in computer engineering from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor of Engineering in electronics and communication engineering from University of Madras, India. He enjoys playing badminton and tennis.
A member of Class 24, Raghu is serving his fellowship at SRI Ventures under the mentorship of Patrick Ennis (Class 4), Managing Partner at Madrona Venture Group.