Today’s show features guest host Michelle Matthews with Matthews Consulting Group.
Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan is currently the co-founder, Chairman & CEO of Virima Technologies, Inc., an IT Operations and Datacenter software developer serving the fortune 5000 companies. He brings more than 15 years experience in the technology industry and combines a deep understanding of current technologies with the ability to articulate the application of these technologies in various business contexts and models. A highly versatile and proven entrepreneur, he has co-founded several ventures including, Vigilar, Inc, a leading network security technology firm; eLaunchpad, LLC, an early stage venture capital firm/incubator focusing on Internet infrastructure and network security technologies; and Resourcis, an executive recruiting firm. During his tenure at Vigilar, he conceived the company’s business plan and methodology, raised venture capital funding, recruited a talented management team and grew annual revenues from $0 in 2000 to $32M in 2005 in probably the most difficult technology industry climate. Another previous success, VerticalOne, a financial aggregator; was sold to S1 in 1999 in a deal valued at $166 million.
Mr. Rajan serves on the Board of Directors of the above companies and as well on the advisory boards of several early stage technology firms around the country. A leader in the business community, he is also involved in several professional and community related organizations. Mr. Rajan was instrumental in establishing the Atlanta CEO Council, a non-profit networking group of more than 1000 CEOs, CxOs, and investors in the Southeast. Mr. Rajan served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CEO council from 1999 through 2011 and is currently one of its Board members. Mr. Rajan also co-founded and is the current President of the Atlanta Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), a national mentoring organization for entrepreneurs.
Barry Patel has a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Mercer University and started his career in clinical research with Warner Lambert, before moving to medical affairs with Merck. In 1995 Barry left Merck to found Total Therapeutic Management, a unique physician focused quality improvement and education outreach company that services the healthcare industry’s needs for data driven solutions. Under his leadership, TTM has been recognized as a leader in the healthcare industry providing a unique way of improving quality through the abstraction, analysis and dissemination of vital health information. Since 1995, TTM has worked with hundreds of health systems and managed care organizations. As President, Barry maintains many client relationships and is hands-on as it relates to strategy development and implementation among various facets of the organization. The company has been recognized by various business publications for its entrepreneurial approach to solving problems within healthcare. TTM was acquired on December 31st, 2013 by Indegene, a leading global provider of solutions to pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations.
Shelley has managed several multi-million dollar products for IBM and co-founded a cash-flow positive mobile technology startup, Saasmob. He has an MBA from Cornell and B.E. from IIT Roorkee. He has extensive experience in all aspects of a business including product management, R&D, marketing, channels, sales, support and financials.