Category: Youth Empowerment

Google's First Investor- Mr. Kavitark Ram Shriram

Kavitark Ram Shriram(born 1956/57) is an Indian-born American businessman. Shriram is married andhas 2 daughters.

Shriram holds abachelor's degree from Loyola College, Chennai of the University of Madras.

Kavitark Ram Shriramis one such Indian who was ranked 361st on the list of richest people in theyear America -2016 with a total net worth of $1.9 billion (Rs. 12,663 crores).


He is a founding board member and one of the1st investors in Google. He previously served as an officer of workingfor Jeff Bezos.

Shriram came toworld’s largest E-commerce company in August 1998, when Amazonacquired Junglee, an online comparison shopping firm of which Shriram waspresident. Before Amazon and Junglee, Shriram was a member of the Netscapeexecutive team, joining them in 1994, before they shipped products or postedrevenue.


Shriram startedSherpalo, a venture capital firm that invests in promising new disruptivetechnologies, in January 2000.

One fine day, twoyoung budding businesspersons — Larry Page and Sergey Brin — approached theventure capitalist Ram Shriram for funds for their garage start-up. Theyweren't called 'Google’ yet and it was then that Ram handed over a cheque forhalf-a-million dollars to the two young and promising looking geeks.

He is a founding boardmember of Google and [24]7 (24/7 Customer). Ram Shriram is also an investor ina global mobile ad network, InMobi, Search bid management tool Campanja andpreviously mKhoj. Shriram serves on the boards of Google, Paperless Post, Yubicoand Zazzle. He at one time owned 3.4 million shares of Google. As of September2007, Ram Shriram owned 1.7 million shares of Google.