I started at Thrive Global at the same time as Rajiv. We were both coming from large prestigious companies and beginning the “start up journey” together. Rajiv was an amazing asset and a partner on the leadership team. As CTO and CMO we were not only responsible for building the business, but also the culture.
Rajiv built a strong and loyal team that embraced the challenges of getting the infrastructure of the company built from the ground up. He worked tirelessly to make sure we launched on time and with accurate assurances that we could handle traffic, volume and anything else that was thrown at us. His leadership skills to guide the team during uncertainty and ambiguity were second to none. He cared about the work and the team equally and knew when to be more hands on, but also knew when the hands off approach could yield better results. He was both a leader and a student for everyone on the team.
As CTO, Rajiv drove overall business strategy. His contributions did not stop with our product and technology. He actively participated in business planning and strategic conversations about growth, and was thoughtful in his approach to building for the future. He secured many partnership conversations and led active brainstorming around AI that could accelerate our trajectory.
I would easily recommend Rajiv for any role he intends to pursue in the future and I hope I get a chance to work with him again.
As Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer at Thrive Global, Kathryn worked with Rajiv. Kathryn is now EVP, GM of Operations at Conde Nast Entertainment. Previously, she served as Global Head of Content Monetization at YouTube and was a Google employee for nearly 9 years.