Shiva Venkatraman

Shiva is a Chairman of the Board/Independent Director, Founder and Chief Executive Officer with over twenty years of board and executive level experience across venture capital, financial services, telecommunications, IT, technology and software development industries in both large multinational corporations and start-ups. His Board experience includes: Board Membership at CEN (Community Empowerment International) – contributing to the development and expansion strategies, governance and leadership team development and Chairman at MIT Sloan for a non-profit entrepreneurship club, that he founded.

In an executive capacity Shiva is the Founder, Chairperson and currently Chief Executive Officer of Varidus – a leading venture builder firm in Singapore working across Family Offices, Funds, to scale and invest in Start-ups and offering coaching to Founders, CEOs and Board Members in market expansion, support in capital events (no financial advice or licensed financial activity) and reduction of operating costs during execution, leading to an exit. Shiva also has experience as a volunteer Deal Flow Ambassador with Castor & Spike Ventures, in the USA, where he works with Founders, CEOs and Board of Directors of privately held technology firms to raise finance from Castor and Spike Ventures in the US.

Prior to this he was the Chief Technologist and Strategist for Hewlett Packard in Singapore, where he created a revenue pipeline of over $60m and generated more than $500m in revenue. Previously as Microsoft’s Lead Product Manager, he laid the business architecture and partner strategy to help scale Microsoft Online services to be the “Fastest to a Billion”, transforming the 250,000 strong Microsoft Partner Channel.

He is also an Adjunct Faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Singapore and recently won the Best New Faculty of the Year Award.

Shiva has a Master of Business Administration from MIT’s prestigious Sloan Fellows Program, a Master of Science from Purdue in Industrial Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay and has completed the Singapore Institute of Directors Training for listed companies.

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