Nagraj is Corporate VP and Global Head, Microsoft Ventures. Nagraj has over 20 years’ experience in mobile and software with an emphasis on venture capital. Prior to joining Microsoft in January, 2016, he was senior vice president for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. In this role, Nagraj was the global head of the Qualcomm Ventures group and oversaw Qualcomm’s $1 billion strategic venture investment portfolio of 140+ investments. Nagraj has been recognized as a leader in corporate venturing through the GCV Powerlist awards in 2013 (#3) and 2014 (#2).
Nagraj built up Qualcomm Ventures from a US/China focused team of three in 2003 to a global leader in corporate venture capital with 25 investment professionals and direct investments in US, China, India, Brazil, Europe, Israel, Korea and Australia. Nagraj pioneered the first corporate VC seed investment program with the Qualcomm Ventures early stage fund. In addition, he started QPrize™, the highly successful global business plan competition for early stage companies.
Under Nagraj’s leadership, the group experienced significant strategic and financial success with early investments in companies such as Xiaomi and Matterport, as well as strong investment exits including Fitbit (IPO - FIT); Invensense (IPO: INVN); Thundersoft (IPO - SZSE:300496); Ravello (acquired by Oracle); Cruise Automation (acquired by GM) and Waze (acquired by Google). Qualcomm Ventures evolved and considerably expanded the investment scope from mobile and wireless to include investments in Frontier technologies like drones and robotics and AR/VR where the application of mobile technologies is advancing the pace of innovation. Investments included leading companies such as 3DR and Magic Leap.
Prior to Qualcomm, Nagraj was an engagement manager at strategy consulting firm PRTM (now PwC). Nagraj currently serves on the CNS advisory council at the University of Texas at Austin.
Nagraj earned his MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his MS in computer science from the University of Texas, Austin.