Rahul Nihalani, Founder

Business Developer, Marketer, Product Manager

San Francisco, California, US

Rahul is looking for someone to join him/her

Business stage

Idea phase

Business plan mapped out

Minimum viable product built

Paying customers

Rahul is looking for a founder who

Has expertise as

Programmer

Can commit to working

20 hours per week

Is able to invest

Sweat equity only

Relevant industries

Technology

Skills

Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Technical
Product Management
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Rahul

Here is why you should work with me:
1) I was the second business-side hire at TechCrunch prior to the acquisition by AOL when revenue was $4m annually. After joining, I scaled up revenue in one year (with the help of my boss) to $10M. I personally contributed $3.7M in revenue in my first year at TechCrunch. We were then acquired by AOL, where I was the Director of Sales for AOL Technology.

2) I came up with the idea for CrunchU and closed a multi-million dollar revenue share deal with Udemy to provide educational content for TechCrunch readers through Udemy's platform. (http://techcrunch.com/crunchu-course-listing/)

3) Even though I'm on the business side, I'm very passionate about good design and building products that provide amazing UX. At UCLA, I took a computing specialization and have taken a 10-week intensive Front End Web Development Course through General Assembly.

4) I worked at a Sequoia backed high-growth startup called Sourcebits as their Director of Product and Strategy and helped them accelerate their growth, launch their products, and close deals.

5) Lastly, I've started a company myself for which I raised $1M in 2009 and even though it ultimately failed, it instilled an undying love for startups and a drive to push the envelope further on any product that I work on in the future.

Here is a summary of my professional life:
Until recently, I was the Director of Product and Strategy at Sourcebits, a Sequoia backed company, where I launched Twine, the world's first personality driven dating app and focused on growth strategy for Sourcebits as a whole.
I am an entrepreneur at my core and am inspired by innovation. I believe in the 'pay it forward' mentality and love helping fellow entrepreneurs. Having founded, Manovega, a funded hardware and software startup in the mobile broadband space, I understand what it takes to bring a startup from idea to market. After Manovega, my passion for consumer web and mobile led me to the center of the Silicon Valley - TechCrunch, where I joined as the second hire on the business-side. My team helped grow revenue 400%, ultimately leading to TechCrunch's $60M acquisition by AOL. There, I was promoted to Director of Sales and Business Development for TechCrunch and AOL Tech. In my space time, I also serve as an advisor to SeedStartup, an international early-stage incubator.

Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Managing People
Sales
Marketing
Finance
Product Management
Education

UCLA

Business Economics

- 2009

Certification

General Assembly Front End Web Developement