s Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for Dell’s Software Group, Gayathri is responsible for driving the long term strategy for Dell’s enterprise software business. She also helps drive strategic partnerships, investments (with Dell Ventures) and acquisitions for the Software Group. Additionally, she also serves as mentor at Techstars Cloud.
Prior to Dell, Gayathri was a Partner and Mentor at TechRanch Austin, a startup accelerator and helped provide strategic business development advice to early-stage startups.
Prior to TechRanch, she was based in Germany as an Associate at Earlybird Venture Capital, a top tier European VC firm. At Earlybird, she managed deal sourcing and assisted with all stages of the investment process for technology startups. She served as a Board Observer at Smoodoos, a virtual world for kids.
Gayathri gained her entrepreneurial experience as Director of Product Marketing at an early stage technology startup SozoTek where she assisted with the successful launch of the company and was responsible for branding, product management and direct/channel marketing.
Prior to SozoTek, Gayathri was with Corning, where she played a key role in the launch of Corning’s 10 Gigabit multi-mode fiber.
Gayathri received her bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bharathiar University, India and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, USA. She also has an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. She is member of the Kauffman Fellows Program – Class 16.