Rahul Poddar


Rahul brings his experience as a business executive to teaching entrepreneurship and management courses at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is an angel-investor and product advisor to technology startups. Rahul is particularly interested in innovative products and services that solve pressing problems in the diverse areas of aging populations, educational technology, and aerospace.

With more than 19 years’ experience at Fortune 100 companies with high-tech businesses across the globe; Rahul is acutely aware of what it takes to nurture, grow, sustain, renew or exit a business. His diverse roles include: Profit & Loss leader of $500M+ high-tech product businesses; director of strategy; mergers & acquisitions; contract negotiations; marketing and product management. He has developed and led teams of up to 100 colleagues in co-located, virtual and global settings.  Above all, Rahul enjoys being part of winning teams, business models and products.

In addition to his career responsibilities, Rahul maintains an active schedule of personal, professional and community activities. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters traveling, reading, cooking and the occasional binge watching of TV shows.  Rahul also enjoys being a Sunday school volunteer teacher at Chinmaya Mission in Phoenix. He is affiliated with several product management and angel investing organizations and has logged 100+ flight hours with 500+ successful landings as a pilot of single engine airplane.

Rahul holds a Master in Business Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India.