Rajesh Swaminathan

Rajesh is a Venture Partner at Khosla Ventures and brings with him two decades of experience assisting and investing in deep tech startups. At Khosla Ventures, he manages deep tech investments across climatech, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. Having invested in climatech startups for more than a decade, he is particularly fascinated by materials science innovations that are driving the next generation of climatech startups.

Before joining Khosla Ventures, Rajesh served as the Head of Applied Ventures LLC, the Venture Capital arm of Applied Materials (AMAT) and at Third Point Ventures. At Applied Ventures, Rajesh managed a portfolio of 85 deep tech startups. Rajesh led investments and assisted many companies including Enphase Energy (ENPH), Solid Energy (SES), Rockley (RKLY), Infinite Power Solutions (acqd), Adaptive3D (acqd), Tango (acqd), Inpria (acqd) and Norsk Ti (NTI). Driven by a strong interest to provide access to deep tech startups with a state-of-the-art manufacturing fab in the US, Rajesh helped AMAT establish a $850M fab in NY. He received Global Corporate Venturing’s (GCV) Powerlist award in 2019.

Previously, at Lucent’s Bell Labs, he drove the technical assessments & partnerships with several Optical, MEMS, RF device startups, and led DFR programs for the successful deployment of Lucent’s 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s systems.

While pursuing his MBA at Harvard Business School, he worked at Deutsche Bank’s cleantech banking team, and also worked with Khosla Ventures. Rajesh pursued an M.S. from the University of Maryland at College Park, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras where he was awarded the Shankar Dayal Sharma (President of India) Medal for overall excellence.

Rajesh loves working out on his “Tonal” and cherishes meditation. He enjoys hiking with his two kids and loves rock climbing with his wife.