Rajeev Madhavan is a founder and General Partner of Clear, where he focuses on early stage technology investments.
Rajeev brings operational skills from founding, building and running (as CEO) two highly successful companies. He has the uncanny ability to deeply understand what entrepreneurs are trying to do, and to steer them onto a successful path. He has been a venture investor in over 35 companies.
Rajeev’s notable exits include Apigee (IPO), YuMe (IPO), Virident (acquired), Magma (IPO), Groupon (IPO), VxTel (acquired), LogicVision (IPO) and Ambit (acquired).
Prior to founding Clear in 2014, Rajeev founded three successful startups. The most recent, Magma Design Automation, became the 4th largest Electronic Design Automation company in the world under his leadership.
Rajeev served as Magma’s Chairman and CEO from when he co-founded the company in 1997 through its acquisition by Synopsys in February 2012 for $580 million. Magma was listed on Nasdaq in 2001 and was ranked as the 2nd fastest growing Technology Company in 2005 by Forbes. Magma provided core infrastructure software to mobile pioneers such as Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung, which was used to design the core processors at the heart of the smartphone era.
Prior to founding Magma, Rajeev co-founded and served as President and CEO of Ambit Design Systems, which was acquired by Cadence in 1998 for $280 million. Rajeev also co-founded and served as Director of Engineering of LogicVision, Inc. (IPO). Rajeev is a recipient of the Red Herring Top Innovator award, the lifetime achievement award at NITK, India and various other awards.
Rajeev earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from KREC, Surathkal, India, and an M.S.E.E from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.
When Rajeev is not working he can be found with his wife and two children, trail running, tending to his rose gardens, or holding court with technologists figuring out what comes next.
“Rajeev combines his experience as an entrepreneur with a razor sharp intellect. He partners early and helps you to shape the DNA of the business. He rolls up his sleeves and will work alongside the founder, with practical inputs. He has an uncanny knack to sift through the noise and chaos of an early stage company and help you to define your market. He"calls" it as he sees it with a refreshing honesty that's makes you a better entrepreneur. When you start with the dream of building an enduring company, there is no better person to have in your corner.”
“Clear founder Rajeev Madhavan is an early personal investor in Toast. He has provided us with useful counsel as we have scaled the company and introduced us to some great prospects. Some investors talk about adding value, but Rajeev knows how to help where it matters most while giving us the space we need to execute. We are fortunate to have him as a shareholder.”
“Rajeev and Chris have been great partners to GoEuro, either by helping us build a network in the valley, or by pushing us think through scaling the business, hiring or other operational challenges. It is always a pleasure to speak w them on any question.”
“Clear Ventures is a unique and highly differentiated early-stage startup venture firm. Rajeev Madhavan combines his extensive operating experience as a highly successful entrepreneur with his contacts in the valley to be a value-added investor and board member. He helped shepherd my earlier startups, AutoESL and Neptune Design, to success. Clear has been providing us with great help for a wide range functions, from executive search, to providing compensation guidelines, to partner/customer/investor introductions and raising subsequent capital. Combined with Chris’s Venture background and relationships, Clear is a great resource for us.”
Chris Rust is a founder and General Partner of Clear, where he focuses on early stage technology investments. Chris’s operational specialties are recruiting, product marketing, business development, follow-on fund raising, and scaling. He has been a venture investor in over 35 companies.
Prior to founding Clear in 2014 Chris spent 14 years as an early stage technology investor with exceptional mentors at Sequoia Capital and USVP. He also spent 12 years in operating roles as a development engineer, network architect, and product manager.
Chris was a co-founder and Lead Architect of broadband access pioneer Roadrunner, now known as Time Warner Cable Internet. Roadrunner grew to 14 million subscribers, over $4 Billion in 2015 revenue, and is the key driver of Charter Communication’s $56.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
Chris also held engineering and product management roles in Carrier Access (IPO CACS) and ComCore (acquired by National Semiconductor), US WEST Advanced Technologies and MITRE Corporation. He has been an invited speaker at over 100 industry conferences on topics related to emerging technology and building great companies.
A life-long learner, Chris earned a B.S.E.E. with distinction as a Massachusetts Board of Regents Honor Scholar and an M.S.E.E from the University of Lowell, an M.S. Telecommunications Engineering and an M.E. Engineering Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder. While at the University of Lowell he was the recipient of the President’s Medal.
When Chris is not working he can be found with his wife and three children, doing outdoor sports (i.e. mountain biking and skiing) with friends, cooking, or reading.
“Chris has been an incredible mentor to both me and Exablox as a board member. His deep technical insights and business acumen has been an important invaluable asset in helping us make the right strategic and tactical decisions and keeping us focused on our core competencies. Chris' formidable experience with advising companies at various stages of growth combined with his expertise in technology and strategy places him among a select set of investors who can guide a company to great success. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with Chris and look forward to working with him in the future. ”
“It has always been a pleasure to work with Chris. From the moment we presented PLUMgrid's ideas to him, it was clear that he put a lot of effort into understanding the Networking/SDN space. He went deep into the technology fundamentals of what we were trying to do and developed a very clear view on how we would disrupt the industry. Since then he became part of the team with all his help, advise and contributions. He was instrumental in helping PLUMgrid become what it is now, we would not have been able to start without his help, thoughts, and early understanding of PLUMgrid's vision. ”
“Chris' advice and support have been extremely valuable for GoEuro, and his ability to open doors in Silicon Valley was a key factor in securing our recent Series A round as a European startup. Chris has been providing excellent advice on financing and growth strategies, acting as a mentor and true friend of the company as much as an investor. His experience, absolute integrity, deep commitment to our success, and impressive industry network have been, and continue to be, a real asset for GoEuro. It's a privilege and a pleasure to work with Chris, and I would absolutely recommend him as an advisor and investor to any startup working on their long-term growth and financing strategy.”
“Chris Rust understands engineering. He cares about founders deep from his heart and soul! Our experience of working with Chris was awesome! I am very impressed with his organized process, systematic analysis, and in-depth understanding of the company building process. He is the best in what he is doing. You can consider Chris not only an outstanding investor, but also a partner in the trenches. It is easy to find a good investor when things are going well, but it is very challenging to find a partner during hard times. Startups must be prepared for hard times. Chris is one partner you want to have to cover your back. ”
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Glenn Gow is the Marketing Partner of Clear, where he works with the Clear portfolio to support them on their most important and impactful marketing initiatives. Glenn helps the Clear portfolio tell their story in a concise, differentiated, and impactful manner – something that does not always come naturally for gifted technologists and first time founders.
Glenn’s operational specialties include target market identification, messaging, go-to-market strategy, demand generation, fundraising success, and marketing technology best practices to drive revenue growth. Glenn’s operational specialties include target market identification, messaging, go-to-market strategy, demand generation, fundraising success, and marketing technology best practices to drive revenue growth.
Glenn is a renown speaker, author and thought leader on the marketing of technology. He has spoken at The Northern California Venture Capital Association, Harvard Business School’s New Venture Match, Silicon Valley Association for Software Entrepreneurs, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, The Software Development Forum, and many others.
Prior to joining Clear in 2016, Glenn was the founder and CEO of Crimson Marketing for 25 years where he advised a marquee client base that includes Apple, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, VMWare and many emerging technology companies.
At Crimson Marketing, Glenn interviewed more than 300 CMOs, and recorded over 100 of these conversations on his popular podcast Moneyball for Marketing. This research has enabled Glenn to deeply understand the cutting edge of marketing, especially for emerging companies. Glenn began his high technology career at Oracle, where he was hired by Tom Siebel (founder of Siebel Systems) to be the first marketing person in the sales organization.
Glenn has also been a Board Advisor and Board Member of companies focused on the practical application of big data. Glenn earned a BS in Quantitative Management from the University of Florida and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
When Glenn is not working he can be found with his wife and two sons, biking, or doing other outdoor adventures with friends.
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