Ram Shriram started Sherpalo, a boutique “mentor” capital in January, 2000, with the goal of applying his wealth of operating and company building experience to promising early stage ventures. As a technology industry insider for over 25 years he has worked in companies large and small across all functional areas and through fluctuating business cycles. He works closely with founding teams on the challenging issues that confront and sometimes confound early stage ventures.
Ram's knowledge of and advice on issues ranging from raising venture capital, key employee and management hiring, making the right product choices plus defining and adapting the business model to changing market conditions has helped many ventures build momentum from a standing start. He is applying those same principles to his non-profit ventures to help them succeed.
Ram served as an officer of Amazon.com working for Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO. Ram came to Amazon.com in August, 1998, when Amazon acquired Junglee, an online comparison shopping firm of which Ram was president. While at Amazon, Ram helped grow the customer base during its early high growth phase in 1998/1999. Before Junglee and Amazon, Ram was a member of the Netscape executive team, joining them in 1994, before they shipped products or posted revenue.
Ram is a founding investor/board member of Google Inc. and 247customer.com. Ram also serves on the board of Stanford University. He is a passionate supporter of non-profit initiatives in online education, both K-12 and higher ed.