Dr. Anand Rajaraman

Awarded: 2013

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Founding Partner @ Cambrian Ventures, Palo Alto, CA, USA
1993 - BTech - Computer Science

Dr. Anand Rajaraman obtained his B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Madras in 1993 and went on to do his M.S and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA.

Anand is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and an academic. He is the co-founder of Cambrian Ventures, a venture capital firm. His investments include Facebook, Aster Data Systems, Neoteris, India Infoline, YouSendIT, and several others. Anand was the co-founder and CTO of Junglee Corp., and played a key role in developing Junglee’s award- winning Virtual Database technology. Later, when Junglee was acquired by Amazon.com, Anand helped in the transformation of Amazon.com from a retailer into a retail platform.

As an academic, Anand’s research has focused at the intersection of database systems, the World-Wide-Web, and Social Media. His research publications have won several awards at prestigious academic conferences, including two retrospective 10-year Best Paper Awards at ACM SIGMOD and VLDB. Anand co-teaches a popular course on Data Mining at Stanford University. His textbook “Mining of Massive Datasets”, co-authored with Jeff Ullman, was published in 2011 and has been downloaded over 100,000 times.

Anand Rajaraman has been named in the list of 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2012. He was the finalist at the Computer World Smithsonian Award for Innovative Technology in Business in 1998. He was also the President of India Gold Medal winner at IIT Madras as Bachelor’s graduate with the best academic record.

In recognition of Dr. Anand Rajaraman’s innovative contributions as an entrepreneur and as an academic, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award. 

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