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on July 21
Kosmix was acquired by Walmart in May of 2011 to create @WalmartLabs.
Through the innovative fusion of retail, social and mobile, @WalmartLabs is redefining Commerce for the largest retailer worldwide. We are a group comprised of the brightest technologists and businesspeople in the industry, excited about the limitless opportunities that this next generation of Commerce will bring to billions of people around the globe, all in an effort to help them save money and live better.
Kosmix was funded by Time Warner Investments, Accel Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Dag Ventures, private investor Ed Zander and Jeff Bezos' personal investment company, Bezos Expeditions.
WalmartLabs is hiring.
Our team has some of the best technology minds from industry and academia, devoted to making the Web intelligent through the power of categorization. We come from Amazon.com, Yahoo!, eBay, Inktomi, Bell Labs, IBM, Stanford University, Berkeley, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas and the Indian Institute of Technology.
Kosmix Executive Team
Venky Harinarayan and his business partner Anand Rajaraman co-founded Kosmix in 2005 with the vision to connect people to the information that makes a difference in their lives. Together with Anand, Venky developed the first ecommerce search engine, Junglee, which was acquired by Amazon.com in 1998 for $250 million. At Amazon, Venky and Anand created the company's search and marketplace business. In addition to Kosmix, Venky is a principal at Cambrian Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Indian Institute of Technology.
Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan co-founded Kosmix in 2005 with the vision of connecting people to information that makes a difference in their lives. In addition to being a co-founder of Kosmix, Anand Rajaraman is a consulting assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and a founding partner of Cambrian Ventures. Venky and Anand also co-founded Junglee, the company that pioneered internet comparison shopping, in 1996. After Amazon's acquisition of Junglee in 1998 for $250 million, Anand helped create Amazon's marketplace business, which today accounts for over 30% of Amazon's gross merchandise sales. Anand holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. On his blog Datawocky he discusses data mining techniques in search, social media, and advertising.
Vice President, Service Management
As vice president of service management, STS Prasad oversees the Kosmix teams responsible for technical operations, ad operations and partners. STS has worked closely with Kosmix's co-founders in product management and technical roles at Junglee and Amazon.com. He was a co-founder and CTO of enterprise mobile software provider Aventeon, and held senior technical positions at Sybase and HCL. STS is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin.
Vice President, Engineering
Sri Subramaniam leads the Kosmix development team and is responsible for building Kosmix's technology platform. He has nearly 20 years of experience designing large-scale software architecture, advanced search technology and building technology teams. Prior to Kosmix, Sri spent four years as director of search at eBay, where he oversaw the development of three generations of search and categorization technology. He has held leadership roles in e-commerce startups Ventro and MarketFirst, and 3D Graphics Research at Sun Microsystems. Sri holds several patents in Search and 3D Graphics. Sri is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and earned his MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Srinivasan "Sesh" Seshadri
Chief Technology Officer
As chief technology officer, Srinivasan Seshadri ("Sesh") oversees the development of Kosmix's search and personalization technology. Prior to Kosmix, Sesh served as chief technology officer at Yahoo's Research and Development Center, based in Bangalore, India. Earlier in his career he founded life science informatics leader Strand Genomics (now Strand Life Sciences), and has held senior research positions at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. In addition to his research and industry contributions, Sesh also spent at six years as a faculty member in the Computer Science department at Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. Sesh is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin.
Michelle Yee Sangster
Vice President, Business Development
Michelle Yee Sangster is vice president of business development at Kosmix. Michelle has spent the past 20 years building international Internet brands, both in the United States and in Europe. Prior to joining Kosmix, Michelle was a senior director of business development at Yahoo! She also directed business development and content monetization at search marketing pioneer Overture, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2003. Michelle worked with Kosmix's founders at both Junglee and Amazon, and has held senior business development roles at WishClick, Cellectivity in the UK and Encyclopedia Brittanica. Michelle is a graduate of UCLA and holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Ravi Raj leads Kosmix's product team and manages the day-to-day operations of Kosmix sites: Kosmix.com and RightHealth.com. Ravi has more than 16 years of experience in product management. Prior to joining Kosmix in 2006, Ravi was senior director of product management at Yahoo!, where he specialized in search, social media and marketplace verticals. He also led product teams at AltaVista, Elance and SGI, and holds patents in sponsored search and e-commerce. Ravi is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine.
Senior Vice President, Monetization
Peter Foster is responsible for overseeing Kosmix's revenue generation efforts as well as directing the day-to-day operations of the company's sales team. Peter joined Kosmix from Photobucket, where as senior vice president of sales he formulated strategy for direct sales and partnerships, growing revenue 300% and contributing to the company's acquisition by Fox Interactive Media. Prior to joining Photobucket, Peter led ValueClick Media's sales group, a team that generated annual revenues of more than $150 million. Peter also spent six years at MaxOnline (later acquired by Ask.com), where he was vice president of West Coast sales and the company's top salesperson from 2000 to 2002. He graduated with honors from Kenyon College.