Manoj Saxena, columnist, likes building things, going fast, and helping brilliant people build great companies. Manoj also likes making markets especially around machine intelligence. He is passionate about racing cars and inspiring our youth to pursue STEM careers.
Currently a venture capitalist, Manoj is focused on cognitive computing and machine intelligence, and the Saxena Family Foundation. He is a former CEO and founder of two successful venture funded software start ups which were acquired by IBM (2006) and by CommerceOne (2001). Manoj is also Founding General Partner of The Entrepreneurs' Fund, a $100M seed fund. He led the IBM Watson Software Division as its first General Manager (2011-14) and helped with the formation of the Watson Business Group in January 2014 with a $1B investment from IBM. Manoj holds nine software patents in machine intelligence.