|Name Anand Rajaraman||Role Entrepreneur|
|Books Mining of Massive Datasets|
Education Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Stanford University
Organizations founded Kosmix, Junglee, Cambrian Ventures
Similar People Venky Harinarayan, Jeffrey Ullman, Jeff Bezos, Ram Shriram, Theresia Gouw Ranzetta
My story inspiring journey of an entrepreneur featuring anand rajaraman part 1
Anand Rajaraman is a Web and technology entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix. Rajaraman also co-founded former Junglee Corp. and played a significant role at Amazon.com in the late 1990s.
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My story inspiring journey of an entrepreneur featuring anand rajaraman part 2
Personal life and education
Rajaraman was born in Chennai, India. He has an MS and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from IIT Madras (Class of 1989).
Together with four other engineers, Rajaraman founded Junglee Corp. in 1996. Junglee Corp. pioneered Internet comparison shopping. Junglee Corp. was acquired by Amazon.com Inc. in August 1998 for 1.6 million shares of stock valued at $250 million. Rajaraman went on to become Director of Technology at Amazon.com, where he was responsible for technology strategy. He helped launch the transformation of Amazon.com from a retailer into a retail platform, enabling third-party retailers to sell on Amazon.com's website. Third-party transactions now account for almost 25% of all US transactions, and represent Amazon's fastest-growing and most profitable business segment. Rajaraman also was an inventor of the concept underlying Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk.
Rajaraman and his business partner, Venky Harinarayan, co-founded Cambrian Ventures, an early stage VC fund, in 2000. Cambrian went on to back several companies later acquired by Google. Cambrian has funded companies like Mobissimo, Aster Data Systems and TheFind.com. In 2005, the business partners co-founded Kosmix, a website which organizes the Internet by topic. In April 2011, Kosmix was acquired by Walmart.
In addition to acting as a consulting assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, Rajaraman is a special partner to NeoTribe Ventures and publishes a blog called Datawocky, on which he discusses data mining techniques in search, social media, and advertising.