Kalaari Capital, Batch of 1985
Rajesh Raju is a Managing Director at Kalaari Capital based in Bangalore, India. He is a pioneer in investing in direct-to-consumer companies in India, and his experience in investing in technology companies across various sectors, including, retail, education and mobile makes him a sought-after speaker and advisor. He currently serves on ten company boards and has founded or steered a number of organisations that help fuel the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India.
Rajesh earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from BITS-Pilani, and then went to the United States for a master’s degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from Marquette University. He worked at Sybase, earning the internal President’s Award multiple times and eventually becoming Director of Strategic Alliances.
After earning an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, he entered the financial services sector. He worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, equity research at Robert W. Baird & Co., and private equity at Peepul Capital