Board of Directors
Jagannathan Balaji an Electrical engineer, is a serial entrepreneur and one of the Directors of RiverSilica Technologies PVT LTD., Balaji previously founded PURPLE VISION Technologies PVT LTD., out of Bangalore, India in the year 2000 and sold it twice over- firstly to TES Electronic solutions in 2005 and again engineered another sale of one of the spin-offs to MindTree in 2007. Balaji grew Purple Vision Technologies with an initial VC fund from CITI Ventures. He started off with 5 Engineers and eventually grew it to 350 Engineers. Purple Vision Technologies was engaged in Silicon IP and Silicon design services with its IP and turnkey services mainly focusing on verification and image processing areas. While the company was sold in 2007, it had 200 VLSI Engineers and 100 System design engineers. Jagannathan Balaji previously had worked in Wipro, IBM and Dell, before founding Purple Vision Technologies. He has held both Engineering, Sales and Marketing positions across the globe. Jagannathan Balaji also serves on the board of SportingMindz, a video based sports analytics firm.
Arun Rabindranathan, is an alumnus of IIM-A and is one of the founders of Absolute communications, a marketing communications company. He specializes in various mediums of market communication and its impact in the market place. Arun has been instrumental in contributing to various organizations in Indian market and global market in Product positioning and marketing -with specific accent on Product Launches, competition management and below the line market activities. Arun in the past has worked with Sistas and Saatchi driving account management for marquee customers.
Rajesh Srivathsa, before Ojas, was the Business Head helping manage P&L for the Mobile Terminals Buisness Unit (MTBU) at Aricent, Inc which licensed products and provided services across the mobile ecosystem. MTBU was created through the merger of several units from different companies one of which was Emuzed, Inc., a startup based in California with R&D in India. As the CTO of Emuzed and Head of Sales & Marketing for the mobile business, Rajesh was responsible for customer acquisition & revenues, strategic business initiatives, ecosystem development & management and interfacing with a cross border engineering team. Prior to Emuzed, he spearheaded development of video systems for the broadcast market at Lucent Digital video system for broadcast market at Lucent Digital Video, an internal venture founded by Lucent ventures and subsequently acquired by Lucent Technologies. Before LDV, he was at IBM Watson Research Center responsible for development of advanced algorithms and implementation on embedded chips. He holds a Bachelor of Technology, Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka at Surathkal, University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign respectively. Rajesh has respected Lucent and IBM in international standard bodies such as MPEG and SMPTE. He has several articles and patents to his credit. Rajesh loves to travel; he has travelled as far down south as the Ross Ice Shelf in Antartica and Finland in the north. He is a student of Taek-wondo and practitioner of Vipassana mediation.
Raghu Bhatta, joined Ojas Ventures in June 2008, after a five year stint at VantagePoint Venture Partners (San Bruno, CA), Where his investment focus areas were wireline/wireless infrastructure-applications and digital media infrastructure. At VPVP, he was a key member of team that led investments in Spatial Wireless (sold for $275M to ALcatel), Widevine, (software based security platform sold to Google), Entrisphere (sold to Ericsson for $290M), Oz Communications (sold toNokia), LiveScribe (revolutionary SmartPen computer), and Innopath (over the air updates for cell phones). He also sold two companies (kagoor Networks to Juniper and Alopa Networks to C-Cor), as a board member representing VantagePoint. Prior to Vantagepoint, he worked for over 11 years at various Data Comm and Telecoms companies in the San Francisco Bay Area in Product Management, Business Development and M&A at various companies that include Madge Networks, Bay Networks, Assured Access, Alcatel, and CopperCom. Raghu has an MBA from Baruch College, New York and B.E degree from Manipal Institute of Technology.