Raj has 25+ years of global experience in the software industry, working with early and growth stage companies as an operating executive, investor, strategic advisor and mentor. His passion and proven track record are in converting ideas into businesses, opening new markets and creating focus on execution towards successful exits.
Prior to Inovez, Raj founded and led GemStone Systems, an enterprise infrastructure software company that pioneered the management of fast data in memory through virtualized, real-time data grids. GemStone was acquired by VMware in 2010.
Raj is a founding charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Portland chapter, a limited partner in Bridge City Ventures (Portland Seed Fund) and Founders' Co-op, a seed stage investment fund in Seattle, WA as well as an active member of the Indian Angel Network. He has a proven track record of multiple successful exits and serves on the board of directors of several fast growing start ups in diverse verticals across the globe.
Raj started his career at Servio Logic, a pioneer in object databases and played a key role in its acquisition in August 2000 for $250M+.
Raj is a highly committed leader with a can-do attitude, equal parts technical and business strategy, open to change, able to enthuse, influence, mentor and empower colleagues and customers alike to grow, take risks and succeed.
Born in Pune, India, Raj has a BE from Pune University and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Florida. Raj splits his time between Portland (Oregon) and Boca Raton (Florida) with his wife and their aspiring tennis player daughter.
Suren is a senior executive with 20+ years of experience in building and executing end to end GTM and customer acquisition strategies. During his career, he has operated in multiple geographies including EMEA and the Indian subcontinent and successfully led sales & solutions teams for leading global IT organizations. He has multi-faceted experience of managing P&Ls for products, solutions, systems integration and outsourcing business. For startups and growth stage companies, he brings extensive leadership, deep global market insights and industry experience to help them build a strong brand and create the market value to make them ready for investments.
His expertise spans across building and managing new business, new market entry & operations and building high revenue streams through new business opportunities. By building high performance teams and expanding portfolios, he has played pivotal roles in successfully transforming businesses and making them profitable. He has worked closely with young companies, from seed level and was instrumental in developing business strategies, driving growth and successfully securing investments.
Suren started his career as an entrepreneur and after a successful exit, he joined large IT organizations.
Prior to Inovez, he was Director of Sales at iGATE Europe, managing their manufacturing vertical business. He also worked with a supply chain startup, and played a significant role in securing investments. Before that, he was managing the telecommunications vertical business for Satyam and increased the unit revenue multifold over a period of 3 years. Working with a large business group in Middle East, he was instrumental in establishing their software business unit and later transforming it into a leading software solutions provider in the region.
Suren holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering and an MBA in Financial Management. He is based in Pune, India. He is an active badminton player and an avid football fan.
Scott has been a leader of turnaround and start-up media companies, has led buyout transactions with total value of $1.2 billion and acted as an investor, advisor and leader to young growth businesses.
Currently, Scott is an investor in, and advisor to PlanetHS, Tales2Go, BizHive, e-Medical University and Innovations International.
As an operating executive, Scott served as CEO of Films Media Group, the largest library of educational video in North America, where he led a transformational business turnaround. He was also the founding president of Software on Demand, distributing software electronically via satellite, and Zuma ed, a digital content provider for K-12 instructors.
As a corporate development executive at Primedia, Inc. (a KKR portfolio company, NYSE: PRM) Scott led more than 30 buyout transactions of online, video, event and print media companies. Early in his career, he was a sales management leader in broadcast television. Scott earned an MBA from Columbia and an AB from Harvard University.
Scott was born in France and raised in France, Switzerland and the UK until he attended high school in the United States at Hotchkiss. His home for nearly 30 years was New York City. In New York, Scott was a member of the Vestry of Saint Michael's Church on the Upper West Side, and he acted as chairman of St Michael's Cemetery in Queens, NY. Scott now lives in south Florida with his wife, Kate, and their four children, Will (15), James, (12), Nina (10) and David (5).
Phil Bride is a principal at Rogue River Consulting and Executive Business Coach. Phil coaches and mentors business owners and professionals to get focused on a direction that is in alignment with the company to increase sales, margins and value for their customers. Phil works with owners and key senior managers on business management skills such as strategic planning, sales management, KPI development, and management skills so execution is crisp and effective.
Phil has spent the last 25 years in corporations from Intel to startups, manufacturing and development to web based e-learning. He started out as an electrical engineer designing chips at Intel then moved on to managing products, product lines, channels and partners, and companies focusing on growth of revenue, market share, customer loyalty, and profitability. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1984 from University of Portland and his MBA in marketing and finance from University of Portland in 1995.
During off time, Phil enjoys fishing, camping, skiing among other activities with his wife, 3 kids, extended family and friends.
Sunny Saha is a strategy and business development consultant with extensive record growing revenues and market share of premium brands in 40 economically diverse countries of Asia Pacific. He assists small and medium scale enterprises launch new products, acquire customers and grow sources of revenue in Asian markets.
Sunny has 20 years of corporate experience, 12 of which were senior executive leadership roles in Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting. In his last role, he was the Managing Director and SVP for Entertainment Networks, and directed Asia Pacific strategy and business operations of iconic brands such as CNN, HBO, WB, Cartoon Network and TCM. During his tenure, he transformed the business from 4 brands to an expansive multi-platform network of 52 services spanning news, movies, general entertainment, travel, lifestyle, factual, kids, gaming and local Asian brands. He led several new brand launches, structured strategic partnerships and joint ventures, and integrated acquisitions, to multiply business presence in Australia, Japan, Korea, India, Greater China and countries of Southeast Asia.
Prior to Turner Broadcasting, Sunny was with IMRB, WPP's market research division in India, where he consulted and partnered with 200+ customers on a range of consumer research and analytics projects
Sunny is an angel investor and advises startups in media, entertainment and technology. He is based in Hong Kong.