Rahul Poddar brings his experience as a business executive, angel investor and product advisor to teaching entrepreneurship and management courses at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Currently, he is an angel-investor in and product advisor to technology startups. He is particularly interested in innovative products and services that solve pressing problems in the diverse areas of aging populations, educational technology, and aerospace. He is honored to be selected by the full time MBA students at WP Carey School of Business (2019) as most impactful professor for consulting/entrepreneurship tracks.
With 19 years of experience at Fortune 100 companies in 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 and management; 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 two daughters traveling, reading, cooking and the occasional binge watching of TV shows. He 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.