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An expert in technology products and a leader in strategy

Jeevan Padiyar is a Technology Product Leader with 15 years of experience leading complex, global cross-functional teams to build products at scale. User advocate with a passion for process automation. Skilled at working across organizational silos to build consensus. Expertise in digital strategy and implementation, agile transformation, rapid validation, user testing and post-launch analysis. Track record includes 8-figure technology exit, raising over $50MM in venture capital and saving ~$7MM through automation efforts


Experience
National Debt Relief, LLC

Chief Product Officer

2018 - Present (8 months)
Architected and managed development of customer facing and back office funds request, disbursement and loan guarantee system, which improved transparency, and significantly reduced manual effort required to process payments
The Hechinger Report

Member Board of Advisors

2018 - Present (12 months)
The Hechinger Report covers inequality and innovation in education with in-depth journalism that uses research, data and stories from classrooms and campuses to show the public how education can be improved and why it matters;
The Hechinger Report is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at Teachers College, Columbia University
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Chief Product Officer

2015 - Present (4 years, 1 month)
Lead product strategy and portfolio for $700MM scholarship foundation. Portfolio includes all technology to support marketing, applicant acquisition, call center, applicant evaluation, algorithm development, reviewer evaluation, scholar tracking, payments and forecasting, research and strategic initiatives
Palm Ventures

Chief Product Officer

2011 - 2015 (4 years, 5 months)
Led consumer facing education product portfolio (Myers Education, Palm Publishing) for private equity-focused single family office that invests in education. Products / projects included:
Children's publisher - redesigned e-commerce user experience and backend fulfillment/reporting software which significantly reduced costs and improved conversion rate; Literacy assessment and educational gaming company - reimagined paper-based product as a digital product for kids. Created HTML 5 games based on assessment for improved product acceptance
Bookswim

Interim CEO/CFO

2009 - 2011 (1 year, 7 months)
Portfolio company of Avenue Ventures/Connectors Group. Early pioneer of texbook, tradebook rental and ebook swapping. Acquired by Booksfree. Brought company from $1.7MM/year loss to break-even in 4 months; Reduced operating expenses 40% by automating manual processes and building real-time analytics platform which allowed for much quicker business decisions; Led redesign of website and A/B testing strategy, improving conversion rate by 45%; Managed transition to new 3rd party logistics provider for 20,000 SKU inventory. Led integration with UPS Mail Innovations which improved package delivery speed while reducing costs by 10% and member cancellation rate by 20%
Avenue Ventures

Principal, Product Management (Connectors Group)

2009 - 2011 (2 years, 2 months)
Product Studio for Avenue Ventures
New York City Entrepreneur Week 2009. Served as Team Leader; Product management, process automation, scaling strategy and financial modeling for $15MM online high-end appliance retailer; Project leader for restructuring of a $5.3MM FINRA-registered private securities trading platform. Led team to re-architect web product, brand, and corporate processes for improved market acceptance
New York City Entrepreneur Week

Co-Founder and Team Lead

2008 - 2010 (2 years, 1 month)
This week-long forum brought together 3,500 entrepreneurs, 70 speakers and 50 partner organizations; NYC ENT matched budding entrepreneurs with experienced start-up mentors, angel investors, and venture capitalists to provide insight into growing a business from concept to profitability; At the center of the week's events was a 21-company business plan competition in which start-ups leverage the lessons learned during the week to win funding and pro bono strategic guidance from a wide range of NYC service providers
Avenue Ventures

Principal, Product Management

2007 - 2011 (3 years, 9 months)
Led product strategy and engineering teams that served portfolio companies of early-stage venture capital firm.
Products porfolio included: Mobile car research and shopping tool. Developed product roadmap. Acquired by Liberty Mutual Insurance; Blogging/website creation platform (38MM raised from Accel Partners & Index Ventures); Video distribution and analtyics. Developed product and fundraising strategy. (10MM raised from Motorola Mobility & Smedvig Capital); Early pioneer in textbook, trade book rental. Served as Interim CEO/CFO. Reduced operating expenses 40% by automating manual processes and building real-time analytics platform. Acquired; Interior design community
Mark Green For Attorney General

IT Director

2006 - 2006 (8 months)
Managed all technology for NY State Attorney General candidate; Team Leader for internet based advocacy. Managed campaign website, campaign video distribution, email messaging and blogger outreach; Early pioneer of the use of Youtube videos for political campaigns. One of our videos was featured on the global frontpage of youtube (under the most viewed category); Redefine digital strategy which reduced technology costs by 60%
RawVoice, Inc.

Co-Founder and CFO

2005 - 2007 (2 years, 5 months)
Among the first to monetize the medium through landmark agreements with Godaddy, Citrix, and HBO and Nokia; Created the first commercial white-labeled podcasting platform; Among the first to provide integrated services for podcasters to host, distribute and deliver their content; Managed financial reporting, independent contractor payment for several hundred podcasts partners, and operations; Developed go-to-market strategy, financial models, and helped manage product development; Oversaw the company’s first acquisition of techpodcasts.com.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Medical Student Research Trainee and Fellow

2001 - 2006 (4 years, 9 months)
Created attenuated RD1 mutants of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis using allelic exchange and transposon mutagenesis for virulence studies in mice; Identified and isolated phage lysins as a new class of antimicrobials to treat multi-drug resistant M. Tuberculosis; One of 60 medical students nationwide to be awarded Howard Hughes Medical Student Research Fellowship; Co-Authored, The primary Mechanism of Attenuation of bacillus Calmette-Guerin • Is a Loss of Secreted Lytic Function Required for Invasion of Lung Interstitial Tissue (PNAS 2003:100(21) pg. 12424); Scored in the top 1% of students nationwide on USMLE
Simply Blimps

Co-Founder and CEO

1994 - 1999 (4 years, 10 months)
Market leader in remote-controlled blimp manufacturing, sales and advertising; Built business from 2-person dorm room operation to 150 employees and $30MM in sales in 5 years. Sold to American Blimp Company (now Van Wagner Airship Group) for $95MM; Worked with sales team to develop advertiser relationships with Subway, Tricon (Yum), NCAA, NBA and NHL