Ravi is currently the Managing Director of The Alchemist Accelerator, a venture-backed initiative focused on accelerating startups whose revenue comes from enterprises (not consumers). The accelerator backs teams with distinctive technical founders, and provides $40K notes, a fellowship of high-potential founders, highly sought-after mentors, customer development, and a structured path to fundraising.
Since 2012, Ravi has been co-teaching a course at Stanford University called The Spirit of Entrepreneurship, a survey course on entrepreneurship.
Earlier, Ravi spent over three years as an Associate at DFJ, where he worked in the area of online advertising, media, and mobility with companies Komli and PubMatic. He held board seats at Desi Hits!, Live Media, Radar, Redux, and Vizu, among others.
Ravi brings experience with startup ventures and established companies to his role as a venture capitalist. Before DFJ, Ravi worked in product management at enterprise software startup Zaplet (acquired by MetricStream) and at Extensity (IPO-ed, then acquired by GEAC). As a consultant at McKinsey & Co., Ravi helped publicly traded high-tech and biotech companies address core strategy, marketing, and operational issues. Ravi has also worked in equity research at Bridgewater Associates and in the Strategy & Emerging Technology group at Medtronic.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Ravi is a Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi graduate of Stanford University, holding a BS, with Distinction, and an MS in industrial engineering. Ravi also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a Board Fellow at Harvard, Ravi served on the global board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), where he is still active.
A member of Fellows Class 11, Ravi served his fellowship under mentor Andreas Stavropoulos at Draper Fisher Jurvetson.