Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan
Managing Partner, CTW Venture Partners
Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan is currently the Managing Partner of CTW Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital fund which invests in and assists seed and early-stage entrepreneurs in all industries in Atlanta and the South Eastern United States who are engaged in disruptive innovations and technologies. CTW focuses solely on companies which are started by expert technical founders with strong domain expertise. CTW partners with technical entrepreneurs and companies in markets with large opportunities and no identifiable competitors. CTW typically supplies the first capital, often at the concept phase. CTW works as active partners with our entrepreneurs, helping with all aspects of strategy, market definition and execution.
He is also Chairman & CEO of Softwear Automation, Inc, an Atlanta, Ga. based company with the sole focus of developing innovative robots (sewbots®) for the apparel manufacturing and sewn products industries by harnessing its experience and expertise in machine vision, robotics, and computing. The Sewbots® automate the transfer and sewing of fabric, eliminating the need for trained seamstresses. SoftWear technology allows for redesign of the apparel manufacturing supply chain and enables sewing to be performed locally resulting in a disruptive transformation of the industry.
He is also the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Virima Technologies, Inc, a leading Data Center & IT Operations software developer. He brings more than 19 years’ experience in the technology industry and combines a deep understanding of current technologies with the ability to articulate the application of these technologies in various business contexts and models.
He is also an investor and past Chairman (2009 to 2017) of Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd (A World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2015 Company). The company’s patented solvents extract CO2 and other unwanted gases from flue gas streams, replacing conventional amines CCS’s technology dramatically reduces the cost of capturing CO2, making it economic for industrial and power plants to re-use waste CO2 to produce economically viable products.
Mr. Rajan is an active investor and has invested in over 38 companies since 1998. He serves/ed on the Board of Directors of some of his portfolio companies and as well on the advisory boards of several early stage technology firms in the USA and India.
A leader in the business community is also involved in several professional and community related organization. Mr. Rajan was instrumental in establishing the Atlanta CEO Council, a non-profit networking group of more than 1000 CEOs, CxOs, and investors in the Southeast. Mr. Rajan serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO council from 1999 to present. In 2002, Mr. Rajan launched the Atlanta CEO Council Venture Forum that is now known as Venture Atlanta Conference which has helped Atlanta entrepreneurs raise over $2 Billion in venture capital with exits of over $14 Billon since its inception.
Mr. Rajan also co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) from 1998 to 2015, a global mentoring organization for entrepreneurs. Mr. Rajan also served as TiE Atlanta President in 2012-2013. Mr. Rajan served on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center (President Jimmy Carter’s non-profit initiative), a leadership advisory group that serves to promote understanding of and support for The Carter Center and its activities among private-sector opinion leaders in Georgia.
Mr. Rajan was also honored as Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” Rising Stars in 2000.