Murali Aravamudan is a serial entrepreneur, inventor and engineer who has built, led and exited several successful media and telecom technology companies prior to founding nference in 2013. In addition to serving as CEO of nference, he is also CEO of Anumana, a new company from nference and Mayo Clinic.
In 2005, Mr. Aravamudan co-founded and served as chief executive officer of Veveo, a software company that enabled quick, efficient content discovery in input-constrained devices, including televisions and mobile phones. As CEO of Veveo, he established the company’s leadership in its target market segments with more than 100 million device deployments, as well as its innovation of conversational interfaces. His leadership translated into an expanding patent portfolio for Veveo with 95 granted US patents and 70+ pending applications. He helped raise $28M in equity in two rounds from Matrix Partners, Norwest Ventures and Northbridge Ventures. Veveo was acquired by TiVo (formerly Rovi) in 2014 for over $75M.
Mr. Aravamudan founded Winphoria Networks in 2000 and served as chief technology officer until its acquisition by Motorola in 2003 for $200M. Mr. Aravamudan then served as vice president and general manager of the Winphoria division of Motorola’s Global Telecom Solutions Sector. Winphoria pioneered development of the mobile wireless softswitch and instant communications applications for mobile networks. At Winphoria he helped raise $54M in equity in two rounds from Matrix Partners, Norwest Ventures and Northbridge Ventures.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Aravamudan served as vice president and chief technology officer of the communications software business at Lucent Technologies and as department head of communications software research at Bell Laboratories. He was a principal involved in the creation of softswitch, the revolutionary technology for IP-based telephone networks that is today the foundation for next-generation converged voice and data networks.
Mr. Aravamudan has authored 115 US patents and has more than 100 patents pending in the areas of search, personalization, conversational interfaces, machine learning/AI systems, data networking, telephony and, recently, computational biology. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science.
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