- Jan 31, 2009: The Midas List #3 , Ram Shriram-
- Sep. 22, 2007
Kavitark Ram Shriram, 51 is an early investor
and a board member of Google who owns 1.7 million shares worth
$870 million despite selling over 3 million shares in 2004, when
it went public.
Ram Shriram, placed fourth on Forbes' 2007 Midas List
WASHINGTON, Jan 30, 2007
NRI Ram Shriram founder of Sherpalo have placed fourth
to the Forbes' 2007 Midas list ranking of the US' top 100 tech dealmakers.He
is one of the eight NRIs in Forbes' 2007 Midas list.
Shriram was one of just two Indian Americans to find a place in
the Forbes' list of 400 richest Americans two years back. In 2005,
his net worth was about $1.3 billion.
Ram Shriram started Sherpalo in January, 2000, with the goal of
applying his wealth of operating and company building experience
to promising early stage ventures. As a technology industry insider
for over 25 years he has worked in companies large and small across
all functional areas and through fluctuating business cycles. He
is always eager to roll up his sleeves and work closely with founding
teams on the challenging issues that confront and sometimes confound
early stage ventures.
Ram's knowledge of and advice on issues ranging from raising venture
capital, key management hiring, making the right product choices
and defining and adapting the business model to changing market
conditions can help you to secure early customer wins, build momentum
from a standing start, and generate international growth.
A hallmark of Ram's success is the ability to create the right
DNA for a young growth company with a focus on revenue and profitability,
by establishing a virtuous cycle of talented employees/owners and
happy customers/users. Ram enjoys the process of turning founders'
dreams into successful businesses and takes a long term view that
serves as a guidepost for decision making. Ram is thoughtful, cerebral,
easy to communicate with, deeply committed to the tasks he undertakes,
and has a keen intuitive sense for what works in the marketplace.
Ram has partnered with the venture capital industry and its many
famous and successful members all across Silicon Valley. Because
of his domain and market expertise, he brings a unique value to
the building of companies with successful outcomes that fits well
with the value offered by venture capital firms.
This year Ram was named one of the top 3 dealmakers in high-tech
by Forbes magazine.
Immediately prior to founding Sherpalo, Ram served as an officer
of Amazon.com working for Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO. Ram came
to Amazon.com in August, 1998, when Amazon acquired Junglee, an
online comparison shopping firm of which Ram was president. While
at Amazon, Ram helped grow the customer base during its early high
growth phase in 1998/1999. Before Junglee and Amazon, Ram was a
member of the Netscape executive team, joining them in 1994, before
they shipped products or posted revenue. He drove the many partnerships
and channels that Netscape employed to get massive distribution
for its browser and server products during those now legendary early
days of the Internet.
Ram is a founding board member of Google Inc. and 247customer.com.
Ram also serves on the boards of Plaxo, Zazzle.com and PodShow.
Ram serves on the advisory board of Naukri.com, a leading classfieds
site in India which has leading marketplaces in jobs, matrimony
and real estate serving the Indian market.
The 400 Richest Americans
#242 Kavitark Ram Shriram
09.21.06, 10:00 AM ET
512 Kavitark Ram Shriram
Fortune: self made
Net Worth: 1.5
Country Of Citizenship: United States
Residence: Mountain View, California, United States, North America
Marital Status: married, 2 children
Schooled in Madras, India; created shop bot Junglee.
Sold to Amazon in 1998. Later backed tech outfits Yodlee, 24/7 Customer,
Plaxo, Zazzle.com. Bubble era taught him to adapt: "Living
in a world where everything is changing constantly, you learn to
change." Views self as "Sherpa" investor rather than
angel because it makes him feel more like a guide than a checkbook.
Early investor, board member of Google. Sold $400 million in Google
stock at offering, still owns more than 3 million