Megan Garvey, Deputy Managing Editor at Los Angeles Times

Megan Garvey shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Jun 15, 2016 via LinkedIn:

Rajiv is a sharp manager who does his homework before making decisions. He was able to assess a complicated technological infrastructure and get things changed for the better quickly. He listened, acted and brought in top-notch engineers to help us, cutting through years of delayed requests. He understood newsroom culture, recognizing and supporting good ideas that came out of the newsroom. He was a great partner and it was a pleasure to work with him.

As Deputy Managing Editor at Los Angeles Times, Megan worked with Rajiv.

Paul Smurl, COO & President at Some Spider LLC

Paul Smurl shared this recommendation for Rajiv on May 31, 2016
via LinkedIn:

I worked with Rajiv at The New York Times for five years and then recruited him away to join a start-up as CTO and Chief Product Officer. He is a student of the latest technologies, a master of group dynamics and motivation, and beloved by his teams. Among many examples at NYT, he arrived during the paywall implementation and dove in immediately. He deftly juggled team conflicts, technical quagmires and epic expectations. We could not have launched on time or on budget without him. At Some Spider, he was instrumental in putting the original plan together, overseeing a major CMS migration, and making introductions to potential investors. And he continues to act as an advisor to us today.

As COO & President at Some Spider, LLC, Paul worked with Rajiv. Previously, Paul was Head of Product at The New York Times.

Joe Simon, Chief Operating Officer at Encompass Digital Media, Inc.

Joe Simon shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Apr 23, 2016 via LinkedIn:

Rajiv has deep technical expertise and has continued to build his skills and remains hands on even as he’s progressed in his career. Has a good understanding of software engineering and has the ability to both architect as well as operate the solutions he’s created.

He’s good at building and managing teams – from small to pretty large ones, while both retaining and upgrading the skills of the team. He can clearly articulate a vision, motive the team and deliver quality output. Can remain calm under challenging circumstances and create a collaborative and fun culture.

He’s also a pretty good photographer with a great eye and has captured some amazing images. He does pretend to love the theatre – the reader needs to find out why for themselves.

As CTO at Conde Nast, Joe managed Rajiv.
[Rajiv’s note: The “pretend to love the theatre” part is an inside joke.]

Rajit Gulati, Vice President, Enterprise Products Engineering at BlackBerry

Rajit Gulati shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Apr 15, 2016 via LinkedIn:

I was reporting to Rajiv at COXnet and developed deep admiration for him ever since. He is the type of executive who ensures that the team gets all the credit for successes under his leadership and takes it upon himself to advance careers of each individual in his team. He has this calming influence when everyone is under pressure and is extremely innovative in suggesting product solutions thinking out of the box. I always look forward to opportunities to interact and learn from Rajiv.

As Senior Manager, Software Engineering at COXnet (now Cox Media Group), Rajit Gulati reported to Rajiv.

Matthew Bischoff, Mobile Product and Engineering Lead

Matthew Bischoff shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Apr 10, 2016 via LinkedIn:

Rajiv is an incredible leader of technical organizations. His ability at The Times to zoom in and solve small problems one on one with a single engineer without losing focus of the entire team’s goals was unparalleled and the teams he helped build have remained strong long after he stepped away. I can count on one hand the number of people I’d want running my engineering organization and Rajiv is definitely among them.

As Senior iOS Software Engineer at The New York Times, Matthew reported to Rajiv. Matthew subsequently became Product Manager and iOS Engineering Manager at Tumblr before becoming Partner at Lickability, a boutique mobile mobile product development firm.

Leon Shklar, Managing Director at BNY Mellon

Leon Shklar shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Apr 10, 2016 via LinkedIn:

Rajiv played an important role in transforming the technology organization at The New York Times, He succeeded in attracting new talent and made a major contribution to creating a balance between product, editorial, and technology organizations. Rajiv promoted transparency, never set hidden agendas, and was a recognized “force for good” in the organization.

As Vice President of Technology for Ecommerce, Digital Subscriptions, and Marketing at The New York Times, Leon reported to Rajiv.

Robert Larson, Core News Product Manager at Bloomberg

Robert Larson shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Apr 9, 2016 via LinkedIn:

I had the pleasure of working with Rajiv at The New York Times for many years and think very highly of him and the work he did there. Under Rajiv’s leadership and with the team he built there, NYT became a far more innovative company. It also became a more attractive place for engineers to work. Rajiv focused as much on improving the culture of the team as on the technologies they were developing. Recruitment and the quality of the new hires increased. On a personal level, I valued the advice and counsel Rajiv provided as a colleague.

As Vice President, Search Products at The New York Times, Robert worked with Rajiv.

Esfand Pourmand, Program Director, The New York Times

Esfand Pourmand shared this recommendation for Rajiv on November 17, 2015 via LinkedIn:

Rajiv and I started around the same time at NYTimes and during this 4+ years he was more than just your typical CTO, in addition of possessing all the technical skills to manage complex business and system issues. He has a deep understanding of lean product development methodologies combined with day to day knowledge of latest agile development practices. He has a gift in connecting with co-workers from different level skill-sets, his interactions with others are conducted with great care, and his detail-oriented hands-on approach continues to be admired.

As Program Director, E-Commerce/NYT Beta/Continuous Delivery at The New York Times, Esfand reported to Rajiv.

Joy Goldberg, Director, Portfolio Management at The New York Times

Joy Goldberg shared this recommendation for Rajiv on October 22, 2015 via LinkedIn:

Rajiv is unique. He’s intensely interested in every person regardless of hierarchy or background, strives to see their point of view and then invests energy to help them advance their ideas or career. He does this without guile or agenda, with simply a desire to see smart people motivated to do their best work. He’s a cultural ambassador committed to an organization being greater than the sum of its parts.

As Director, Portfolio Management at The New York Times, Joy Goldberg reported to Rajiv.