Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

Integrated Innovation Institute

Ravi Thomas

Ravi Thomas

Director of VentureBridge, Associate Professor of the Practice

Address
Mountain View, CA

Bio

Based at Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus, Ravi specializes in teaching entrepreneurial and new venture coursework for our M.S. in Software Management and M.S. in Technology Ventures programs. He also mentors CMU-based startups as the director of VentureBridge program, a program open to CMU students and alumni seeking to launch their own high-tech businesses.

Ravi has held senior-level executive positions at several startups. He co-founded Jareva Technologies and served as CFO and a board member. During his time with Jareva, Ravi engaged in all aspects of the company from its founding as a service business, to its repositioning as a software product company, to its revenue stage and successful exit through an acquisition by Veritas. Prior to founding Jareva, he was the CFO of PostX, a company in the secure messaging arena. As CFO, he was involved in raising over $30 million for PostX and Jareva through venture capitalist firms including Mayfield, Hummer Winblad, and Labrador. Additionally, Ravi is a Consulting Chief Financial Officer for several startups. Previously, he was CFO of University Associates, LLC (UA LLC). UA LLC was formed by the Regents of the University of California and the FHDA Community Colleges holds the master lease on 77 acres of NASA Research Park at Moffett Field.

Prior to joining his first startup, Ravi was an Assistant Professor at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in microeconomics, economics of information, and public finance. He has also taught at Swarthmore College and was a Visiting Fellow at the International Monetary Fund.

Areas of Expertise 

Entrepreneurship, New Venture Strategy

Integrated Innovation Courses

  • Entrepreneurial Finance I & II
  • The Business of Software
  • Commercializing Intellectual Property

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics - University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics & Econometrics - The London School of Economics & Political Science