Anand Rajaraman founded rocketship.vc in 2015 which is pioneering a new approach to Venture Capital using Big Data and algorithms. He founded Junglee Corp. in 1996 with four other engineers, which pioneered Internet comparison shopping. It was acquired by Amazon in August 1998. He went on to become Director of Technology at Amazon.com, where he helped launch the Amazon.com’s retail platform, now Amazon’s fastest-growing and most profitable business segment.
Anand co-founded Cambrian Ventures, an early stage VC fund, in 2000. Cambrian went on to back several companies later acquired by Google. Cambrian has funded companies like Mobissimo, Aster Data Systems and TheFind.com. In 2005, the business partners co-founded Kosmix, a website which organizes the Internet by topic. In April 2011, Kosmix was acquired by Walmart. He serves as a consulting assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Anand also has a blog called Datawocky, on which he discusses data mining techniques in search, social media,and advertising.
Anand was born in Chennai, India. He has an MS and a PhD in Computer science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from IIT Madras. He lives in the Bay area with his wife, Kaushie Adiseshan, who has a background in fashion and entrepreneurship as well.