Pallavi Raj

Pallavi Raj

Business leader with well rounded experience with early stage start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.

Personal blog: www.linkedin.com/in/pallaviraj
Germantown, Tennessee, United States
Member since May 16, 2012
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Problems around me feed my creativity and the key ingredints of my soutions are convenience and simplicity.Be it how to get the right service for my home or how to whip up a meal for my family with barely anything left in my pantry. Quote_down
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2001 Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School , MBA , Entrepreneurship, Marketing
1994 Birla Institute of Technology , BS , Electronic & Communication Engineering

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I'm bursting with ideas!

My favorite startups:

Agavey, Pinterest, Quora,

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Rewarding:
To create the efficiency that you have envisioned and believe in
Frustration:
It takes a lot of trial/error & resource to find the best vehicle to create the impact you had envisioned

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

- have low emphasis on customer experience/quality of service
-Not secure the capital and resource in time

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

- Resource & money with good judgement is the key to success, the idea comes next
- The size of the footprint your start-up makes is important.
- There are tons of problems yet to be solved effectively

Full bio

Problems around me feed my creativity and the key ingredints of my soutions are convenience and simplicity.Be it how to get the right service for my home or how to whip up a meal for my family with barely anything left in my pantry.  
Naturally ,I steered toward becoming an entrepreneur. I have launched two startups that help simplify lives of their customers. An open minded leader, thanks to a breadth of experience from managing Electrical crane operations in sizzling steel mills in India to fast past startups in the Silicon Valley to a mammoth Fortune 500  in the Mississippi Valley, I bring expertise in managing technology products, low-cost marketing programs and community creation.
I am the Chief Operating Officer for Agavey Incorporated (www.Agavey.com) a start-up company that simplifies the lives of homeowners by enabling them to purchase home improvement and maintenance services from local qualified service providers online. I have also founded TaxMunshi, an India based venture that helps Indian taxpayers file their Income Tax Return online in a few easy steps, eliminating frustrations of the manual tax filing preparation. TaxMunshi.com is now a profitable venture with over 10,000 users
I have a Bachelors Degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India and a Masters in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh. I have worked with a Venture Capital firm in CA, an Incubator at Pittsburgh, been associated with startups at various capacities and with marketing of Fortune 500 companies including FedEx.
I live with my husband and 2 hyper-active sons in Germantown a suburb of Memphis, TN. I enjoy cooking and am an avid reader of non-fiction. I also love yoga, gardening and hiking.