At KIN GLOBAL 2013, Rajesh, truly an entrepreneur's entrepreneur, drew a parallel between the Hindu god Shiva's cosmic dance of nature and the heart of what drives innovation: "All innovation is about renewal—and embedded in the thought of renewal is the thought of destruction. ...Innovation is about a mindset that destruction creates opportunities..."
It is a powerful insight that has guided his career, a journey marked by daring and reinvention. In the early 1990s, Rajesh brought private radio to India (Times FM—now Radio Mirchi), which helped redefine Indian youth culture. A decade later, he was a pioneer in the country's early Internet culture with IndiaTimes. In 2005, it became Indian's most valuable Internet business. Building on his success with media businesses, Rajesh became the founding President of Reliance Entertainment, which quickly positioned itself at the center of a massive transformation of the Indian film sector from mom-and-pop Bollywood businesses into a multi-billion dollar global industry. An investment deal with DreamWorks was the largest ever between Hollywood and Bollywood.
Rajesh is the founder and CEO of GSF, India’s leading tech startup accelerator. GSF provides mentorship by celebrated digital founders as well as initial capital and global exposure. Rajesh and GSF have made dozens of investments, which include Viki (acquired by Rakutan for USD 225M), Little Eye Labs (acquired by Facebook), mobstac, Pokkt, Silverpush, Hackerearth, Browntape, Overcart, Flinto and Timesaverz.
Rajesh's latest venture is in the food business. Inner Chef, which was launched earlier this year with a team of veteran GSF entrepreneurs-in-residence, provides pre-portioned, prepped, chopped and ready-to-cook meals—complete with easy to follow recipe cards—designed for busy people who want to eat great food at home.
Rajesh serves on the boards of Microland, Neilsoft, Indiamart, Live Media, and Autowale. He also advises Trident Capital, a prominent venture firm based in Palo Alto, California. Rajesh is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (AMP), and has a fellowship from the London School of Economics.