Rajesh Shakkarwar advises hardware, software and fintech companies on M&A and strategic financing transactions. A prolific inventor with 24 issued patents and a startup founder/CEO with a successful exit, he brings a unique ability to create value through disruptive technologies.
Rajesh’s thirty years of broad operational experience in semiconductor, system, software, SAAS and fintech industries spans engineering, marketing, sales, business development, operations, compliance, intellectual property, and M&A. He is well connected to the start-up Venture Capital & Accelerator eco-system and is currently mentoring several exciting start-ups. A passionate technologist and business executive, he knows what it takes to create successful outcomes and leverages his expertise and wide network to help WCP’s clients win.
Rajesh has been widely acclaimed for revolutionizing the worldwide landscape of computing, graphics, gaming, and video industries. In the mid-nineties, he invented and evangelized Unified Memory Architecture (UMA). UMA is credited for bringing down PC costs, the broad adoption of consumer gaming, and is the backbone of over 80% of all computers shipped worldwide today. In 2003, Rajesh created the Sun-AMD alliance that drove the evolution of enterprise computing to high-performance 64-bit architecture. In the late nineties, Rajesh worked across the technology and movie industries to solve DRM issues in DVD standardization, chaired several DVD standards committees and played a key role in the wide adoption of digital video content.
Prior to Woodside Capital Partners, Rajesh was CEO of Verient, a venture-backed Fintech company that he founded and successfully sold to Global Payments. He held senior executive positions at Sun Microsystems and ATI technologies where he created start-up business units, grew them exponentially, and ran multibillion-dollar P&L. He started his career with Intel, and earlier in his career he spent over 3 years working in Israel. Rajesh lives in Los Altos Hills with his twin daughters and is an active volunteer across multiple organizations.