Palaniswamy â€œRajâ€ Rajan is currently the co-founder, Chairman & CEO of Virima Technologies, Inc., an IT Operations and Datacenter software developer serving the fortune 5000 companies. He brings more than 15 years experience in the technology industry and combines a deep understanding of current technologies with the ability to articulate the application of these technologies in various business contexts and models. A highly versatile and proven entrepreneur, he has co-founded several ventures including, Vigilar, Inc, a leading network security technology firm; eLaunchpad, LLC, an early stage venture capital firm/incubator focusing on Internet infrastructure and network security technologies; and Resourcis, an executive recruiting firm. During his tenure at Vigilar, he conceived the companyâ€™s business plan and methodology, raised venture capital funding, recruited a talented management team and grew annual revenues from $0 in 2000 to $32M in 2005 in probably the most difficult technology industry climate. Another previous success, VerticalOne, a financial aggregator; was sold to S1 in 1999 in a deal valued at $166 million. Mr. Rajan serves on the Board of Directors of the above companies and as well on the advisory boards of several early stage technology firms around the country. A leader in the business community, he is also involved in several professional and community related organizations. Mr. Rajan was instrumental in establishing the Atlanta CEO Council, a non-profit networking groupÂ of more than 1000 CEOs, CxOs, and investors in the Southeast. Mr. Rajan served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CEO council from 1999 through 2011 and is currently one of its Board members. Mr. Rajan also co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter ofÂ The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), a national mentoring organization for entrepreneurs.
The organization will be holding it’s marquee event, TiECON Southeast 2013 on Saturday, April 27. The event marks the chapter’s 15th anniversary and to date is the largest one-day professional networking conference for entrepreneurs. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from workshops, keynote speakers, networking and even pitch opportunities. TiE Atlanta partners with other global chapters from Florida and the Carolinas to host the event. It is designed to introduce attendees from all stages of the entrepreneurial lifecycle to the essential skills and traits of the super entrepreneur â€“ who is in relentless pursuit of success.
TiE supports entrepreneurs at all stages of the entrepreneurial life cycle with the goal to create over $100 million in new wealth by 2017. This is in line with Forward Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s plan to help ignite the region’s economy.
Marc Gorlin is a serial entrepreneur who has built several tech companies including Pretty Good PrivacyÂ (PGP) and VerticalOne. His dad started numerous small businesses when he was a kid and he saw firsthandÂ the impact entrepreneurs have on the economy. He co-foundedÂ Kabbage to speed up the process of fundingÂ small businesses. He likes to say that Kabbage provides a small business cash more quickly than a bank canÂ cash a check.
Steve Brumer has over 25 years experience in the wireless/mobile space and has unprecedented knowledge of the industry. During his accomplished career, Steve has been a dynamic entrepreneur with proven expertise in sales, marketing and channel development. His specialty is helping wireless/mobile products and services find the right distribution and channels to ensure commercial success.
Before joining 151 Ventures, Steve co-founded and served as CEO of Wireless Rain which helped wireless carriers, manufacturers and solution providers build channel programs for B2B products, machine-to-machine products, and professional services.