Rajnish has nearly30 years of experience in technology consulting, services, internet and product development industry.He has been an entrepreneur, has created and managed organizations with a keen interest in the startup ecosystem.
Rajnish is Managing Partner at IAN Fund which is invests in early stage ventures and an offshoot of India’s number one institutional angel investment platform, Indian Angel Network which has invested in over 170 ventures. At IAN he focuses on deeptech, enterprise technology, cyber security and SaaS sectors.
Earlier, Rajnish served as President, India Operations at DMI Inc., a leading global IT services player in digital transformation space company headquartered in Washington D.C. DMI offers niches services such as strategy, consulting, digital commerce, cloud services, mobile app development, AI, big data, customer experience design and digital marketing to fortune 500 enterprises as well as start-ups to help move their processes from tethered computing to untethered computing. In his role, Rajnishwas responsible for building, leading, and managing world-class delivery capability for all divisions of DMI’s business units.
Prior to DMI, Rajnish was Chief Innovation Officer at MakeMyTrip ( NASDAQ: MMYT ), where he held multifaceted role spanning technology, automation, online product development and customer service for over 5 years
Before joining MakeMyTrip, Rajnish was Executive Vice President at Kale Consultants where he was responsible for Travel, Hospitality and Logistics vertical for around 4 years
Rajnish started his entrepreneurial journey in 2000 when he Co-FoundedeTravelIndia.com, and as Chief Technology Officer , was responsible for building the entire technology stack.
He was Chief Executive and Technology Officer, Cognosys Software, a company he spun and incubated off from eTravelIndia in 2001. Cognosys focused on IT products and services in Travel domain to serve international customers. eTravelIndia was later acquired by TQ3 Germany ( now BCD Travel ), and Cognosys Software by Kale Consultants ( now Accelya Kale ).
Prior to eTravelIndia.com, Rajnish spent 10 years with IIS Infotech Limited,of which he spent 5 years in the United Kingdom.
Rajnish is an angel investor at IAN and has associated with the NASSCOM 10,000 startups program, Emerge 50, and the Deeptech Club where he has helped identify promising startups.He has also mentored founders and high technology startups in areas of Mixed Reality, 3D Imaging, Automated Trip Planning etc.
In the past, Rajnish headed the Digital Payments committee at NASSCOM to help improve the adoption and customer experience of online payments.
Rajnish believes in the magic that happens at the intersection of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is fascinated by possibilities of leveraging technologies that exist right here and now, and a mashup of creativity that can bring about speedy positive mutations to create a whole new range of applications. His interests span Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Sustainable Energy, Health Technologies, Novel Manufacturing Techniques, Fundamental Research, Computer Vision and Robotics etc.
Rajnish is a science buff and on weekends,he can be found tinkering in his fab-lab (that includes a 3D printer), building and hacking electronics, building quadcopters, or launching rockets.His favourite pastimeis pouring through research papers and tracking innovations.
Rajnish is an engineer, majoring in computer sciences. He also has a degree in economics. Rajnish also holds a patent along with General Electric (No. 6,775,683 - Method and System for Performing Data Processing).