Rajeev Madhavan is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and co-founded three successful startups. The most recent, Magma Design Automation, became the 4th largest Electronic Design Automation Company in the world under his leadership. Rajeev served as Magma’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since he co-founded the company in 1997, and also served as president until 2001. Magma was listed on Nasdaq in 2001 and was ranked as the 2nd fastest growing Technology Company in 2005 by Forbes. Magma was acquired in Feb 2012 by Synopsys, Inc.
Prior to founding Magma, he co-founded and served as President and CEO of Ambit Design Systems, Inc. Ambit’s market leadership led to a successful acquisition by Cadence in 1998. Rajeev also co-founded and served as Director of Engineering of LogicVision, Inc (went IPO and was acquired by Mentor). He was also incidental in the creation of Zerosoft (acquired by Synopsys) and AutoESL (acquired by Xilinx). Recipient of Red Herring, Top Innovator 2002, Lifetime achievement award at NITK, India and various other awards, Rajeev is an active angel investor and was one of the first investor in Yume Networks, Virident, Apigee, Reflektion, Vera, Bubblewrap, Robin Systems, Zerostack, Lumoid, VIrtual Power Systems, Cyphort, FusionOps, Shoobx, Falcon Systems, Avaamo, GoEuro, Paysa, Espresa, Zerosoft, Co-Design, Sabio Labs. Rajeev has served on the boards of Zerosoft, Aplus, AutoESL, Reflektion, Virtual Power Systems, Atmosic, Falcon, Robin Systems, ICC (India Community Center), EDAC and serves as a technical advisor to Innovium, PEEL.com & Cyphort.
Madhavan received a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from KREC, Surathkal, India, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.