Rakesh Agrawal is a product and marketing strategist who has spent 15+ years working in Web and mobile media. His areas of expertise include voice assistants, social networks, local, commerce, payments and mobile technologies.
He consults on product and marketing strategy for a range of companies. As part of his practice, he advises institutional investors on Internet and mobile technologies.
Rakesh has created numerous innovative consumer products for Microsoft’s Tellme subsidiary, AOL Search, washingtonpost.com and newsweek.com. In the startup world, he worked at uReach Technologies. He launched one of the first online college newspapers in 1993, The Daily Northwestern. In 1995, he launched one of the first online commercial newspapers, startribune.com.
He is an occasional contributor to VentureBeat and TechCrunch. He also appears regularly on Bloomberg West and CNBC. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, Boston Globe, Marketplace, Bloomberg Businessweek, Radio New Zealand, CBS Los Angeles and other media outlets.
Rakesh has a patent on social news feeds and several others pending.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a bachelor’s in journalism and concentrations in economics and sociology.