Business Strategy and Technology Coach
Downstream, Clean TechUnited States, Canada
1. What is your profession? Or if you are retired, what was your profession?
President & CEO
2. What are your areas of expertise?
Downstream Subsegment: Refining, Retail
Downstream Disciplines: Process Engineering, Project Management, Corporate Development, Supply Chain, Marketing, Digital, Operations
Clean Tech List: Technology, Commercial, Engineering, Project Management, Corporate Development, Executive, I.T/Digital, Supply Chain
Types of Clean Tech: Solar, CO2 capture, Wind, Batteries
3. Current Employer:
Technology Connexions Inc.
4. Previous Employers:
Cadence Design Systems, Unisys , Motorola
5. How did you end up in the Energy Industry?
I have been a technologist and executive in the semiconductor industry for many years. Through my involvement in the IEEE I am engaged with the applications of Integrated Circuits in many industries, including the Energy sector.
6. Why do you like working with Start-Ups?
Having had my own start-ups, and having consulted with ~30 start-up companies I got engaged as a Mentor and an educator at UC San Diego. I have developed a very popular 'Entrepreneurship for Engineers' course that I have taught for 7 years. This involves dissemination of my experience and coaching students about how to do start-ups right. The experience keeps me feeling young!
Okay, now for some fun things about Rakesh…
7. What are three of your interests outside of work?
Volunteering for the IEEE
8. What are your top 3 accomplishments (personal or professional)? Don’t be shy! Give ‘em to us.
Authored a book, "Fabless Semiconductor Implementation" published by McGraw Hill
Inducted into IEEE Technical Activities "Hall of Honor"
Being a recognized contributor to the semiconductor industry as a technologist, executive and a consultant
9. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be .
Get people to listen to, and tolerate each other
10. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a when I grew up.
Medical Doctor. My Dad and two older brothers were engineers...I wanted to be different!
11. If I weren't so damn good at what I do now, I'd probably be .
12. My favorite song is by .
"'Take me home" by John Denver
13. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd .
start an early stage fund to enable undergraduates to implement their start-up dreams in a low cost manner.
14. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is .
Learn from your experiences and implement in the pursuit of excellence