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Graduate Speaker

Krish Ramakrishnan ’83M

Doctor of Business Administration, Honoris Causa

Headshot of Krish RamakrishnanKrish Ramakrishnan is currently serving as executive chairman and chief innovation officer at BlueJeans Network. Ramakrishnan co-founded BlueJeans in 2009 and served as its CEO for the first eight years. Under his leadership, BlueJeans pioneered video communications with cutting-edge innovations and customer-focused engagement.

Largely through Ramakrishnan’s leadership, BlueJeans has become the standard for video-based collaboration. Today BlueJeans is used by some of the world’s largest organizations from Wall Street to Main Street.

A serial entrepreneur, Ramakrishnan has been a founder and CEO of several successful startup ventures. Prior to BlueJeans, he was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at Accel Partners, where he explored high-definition video technologies, including the current idea behind BlueJeans. Before that, he was the general manager for the server virtualization business unit at Cisco Systems, and was responsible for architecting Cisco’s datacenter and desktop virtualization solutions.

Prior to his work at Cisco, Ramakrishnan was the CEO of Topspin Communications. Under his stewardship, the company re-invented itself as a datacenter virtualization player and executed strategic partnerships with IBM, Dell, HP, and Sun. Topspin technology was used in building some of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. Topspin was acquired by Cisco in 2005 for $250 million.

Before joining Topspin, Ramakrishnan was the vice president and general manager for the content business unit at Cisco Systems. Under his leadership, Cisco developed many industry-leading products for scaling websites. Ramakrishnan joined Cisco in 1995 when they acquired his first startup, Internet Junction. Earlier in his career, Ramakrishnan worked for NET, PeerLogic, Bell Labs, and Perkin-Elmer. He has a Master of Science in computer science from Monmouth University and a Bachelor of Science in physics from Madras University in India.

Ramakrishnan lives in Saratoga, California with his family and two adorable German shepherds. He is an avid hiker and has recently taken up drone flying as a hobby.