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Rob Chandra

Distinguished Teaching Fellow
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment, F502
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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MBA, Harvard Business School
BA, Economics, University of California at Berkeley

Positions Held

At Haas since 2013
2013 – present, Lecturer, Haas School of Business
2012 – Present, President & CEO, Avid Park Capital

2000 – 2015, Managing Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

1996 – 2000, General Partner, Commonwealth Capital Ventures

1993 – 1996, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

1988 – 1991, Associate, Accenture, Strategic Services group

1987 – 1988, Sales & Marketing, IBM

External Service and Assignments

  • Chairman, Berkeley Endowment Management Company, UC Berkeley Foundation
  • Board of Dean’s Advisors, Harvard Business School
  • Active angel investor, advisor, or board member with 24+ technology start-ups
  • Advisor, Cloud Apps Capital Partners
  • Advisor, VSL Partners L.P.
  • Served on 45 company’s board of directors (public and private companies during a 20 year venture capital career)
  • Board of Trustees, Menlo School
  • Member, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, 2005 to current
  • Charter Member, TiE, The Indus Entrepreneur, 1996 to current
  • Chair, major gifts committee, HBS class of 93’ reunion

Current Research and Interests

  • Alternative investing (venture capital, private equity, & hedge funds)
  • Entrepreneurship

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Wish, a Direct From China Shopping App, Lures Bargain Hunters”, Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2015
  • “Seven Reasons Bessemer Raised $1.6 billion for Fund VIII,” PE Hub, April, 2012
  • “Advice from Rob Chandra,” Forbes Magazine, Nov 2011
  • “15 Minutes with Rob Chandra: The Thinker,” Forbes Magazine, April 2011
  • “New Funds Shows Interest in Tech Start-ups,” Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2011
  • “India trip to boost trade: Rob Chandra,” Economic Times, Nov 2010
  • “Rico Auto Industries: Raising Private Equity in India,” Harvard Business School case study # 806079
  • “Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd, An IPO in India,” Harvard Business School case study # 807095
  • “Healthcare’s IT Mistake,” The McKinsey Quarterly, With Tony Miller & Mark Knickerham, Vol #4, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015, Undergraduate program
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014, Full Time MBA program
  • Five time member of the Forbes Magazine’s “Midas List” of Top Venture Capitalists
  • Named to Top 50 “Most Influential Global Indian Men”
  • Selected to accompany President Obama on diplomatic trade mission to India
  • Invited to White House Leadership Conference, May 2015
  • Forbes Magazine, “Most Thoughtful Investor,” April, 2011
  • Frequent Club 6 Member, Haas School of Business (for teaching excellence based on student evaluations)

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