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Varun Nagaraj


Information Management & Analytics

Varun Nagaraj is Dean and Professor of Information Management at S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai. He holds a Ph.D. in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

He also holds an MBA from Boston University, an MS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Bombay. His career spanning over three decades in digital products reflects his passion for product management, development, and innovation.

He has held senior leadership roles including C-level responsibilities for venture-funded start-ups as well as public companies in the US. His research interests encompass the impacts of digital innovation on teams, organisations, and society at large. Specific interest areas include Team Learning, Product Management, Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Venturing, and Digital Ecosystems and Platforms.

His research contributions have been presented in prominent journals, renowned international conferences, and popular periodicals. He has previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, Pepperdine University, and Boston University.

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Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead School of Management)   

Ph.D., 2019
Focus: Design and Innovation

Boston University (Questrom School of Business)  

MBA, 1995
Major: Finance and Strategy

North Carolina State University  

MS, 1988
Major: Computer Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay   

BTech, 1986
Major: Electrical Engineering


    Digital Transformation

    Product Management and Marketing

    Product Innovation Lab

    On-Ramp Acceleration


    S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai (Sept 2021 – Present)

    Dean & Professor Information Management

    Boston University. (June 2017 – Present)

    Adjunct Faculty

    University of Notre Dame. (June 2021 – July 2021)

    Adjunct Faculty

    Bidgely, Inc., CA (Venture-Funded Series-C Start-up) (August 2019 – June 2021)

    Chief Operating Officer (COO)

    Pepperdine University. (Oct 2018 – Dec 2019)

    Adjunct Faculty

    Sierra Monitor Corporation, CA (Acquired by MSA Safety (MSA: NYSE). (Aug 2014 – Aug 2017).

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    Echelon Corporation, CA (Acquired by Adesto (IOTS: NASDAQ)). (July 2011 – July 2014)

    GM IoT

    Aprius, CA (Acquired by Fusion-IO/Western Digital (WDC: NASDAQ)). (June 2008 – June 2011).

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    NetContinuum, CA (Acquired by Barracuda Networks (Thoma Bravo: PE)). (May 2005 – May 2007)

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    Extreme Networks, CA (EXTR (NASDAQ)). (April 2003 – April 2005).

    VP, Product Management and Marketing

    Ellacoya Networks, NH (Acquired by Arbor/Danaher (DHR: NYSE). (March 2001 – March 2003).

    EVP, Marketing

    PRTM Management Consulting, MA (Acquired by PwC). (Feb 1995 –   Feb 2001).





    Hewlett Packard, CA. and MA (HPE (NYSE)). (Jan 1988 – Jan 1995).

    Product Manager



    Pidilite, 2021-2022


    Advisor to Shoreline AI


    Nagaraj, V. (2017). IoT Evolution. Podcast S.2 Ep.3: Sierra Monitor Corp.

    Nagaraj, V. (2017). Learning from History. SierraMonitor.com.


    Nagaraj, V. (2016). Alexa – Make my Building Run Better. ACHR News. https://www.achrnews.com/blogs/16-guest-blog/post/133999-alexa-make-my-building-run- better

    Nagaraj, V. (2016). The Industrial IoT. Interview with TMCNet.


    Nagaraj, V. (2016). Control Networking Conversations. Interview with Control Trends.


    Nagaraj, V. (2015). Interview with The Wall Street Analyzer.

    Nagaraj, V. (2015). Taking Advantage of the Industrial IoT Opportunity. Interview with AutomatedBuildings.com.


    Nagaraj, V. (2014). Migrating Legacy Devices to the IIoT. Design News. https://www.designnews.com/migrating-legacy-devices-iiot

    Nagaraj, V. (2014). The Industrial IoT Isn’t the Same As The Consumer IoT. Forbes.com. https://www.forbes.com/sites/oreillymedia/2014/02/26/the-industrial-iot-isnt-the-same-as-the- consumer-iot/?sh=422574ed4720


    Product Innovation

    Digital Entrepreneurship

    Digital Transformation

    Systems Thinking

    Technology, Business, and Society


    Guest Speaker, Pepperdine University. (2020).

    Guest Speaker, Case Western Reserve University. (2019 – 2020).

    Guest Speaker, Stanford University. (2019).

    Guest Speaker, California State University, Sacramento. (2018).

    Guest Speaker, NC State University. (2010 – 2018).

    Guest Speaker, University of Georgia. (2016).


    Academy of Management (AOM)

    Product Development Management Association (PDMA)

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