Los Altos, CA
Pavan Nigam is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who enjoys working on great ideas with great teams. His investments include Neoteris (acquired by Juniper), myCFO (acquired by Harris), Sigaba (acquired by Proofpoint), Benu, Infoaxe and Trackle (where he was the founding CEO). Previously, he was the Chairman and CEO of Cendura Corporation which he co-founded in 2002. He grew the company into one of the market leaders for data center automation software with an installed base that included several Fortune 500 companies. Cendura was acquired by CA (formerly Computer Associates) in 2006. Prior to that, he co-founded Healtheon (now WebMD [WBMD]) in 1996 along with Jim Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics & Netscape Communications, and served as its Chief Technology Officer and General Manager/EVP of its Internet Operations. In his General Management role, he was responsible for WebMD’s entire suite of products including its Internet-based ehealth services. During his tenure, Pavan led the company’s transformation from a concept to the worlds largest e-health company approaching a billion dollars in annual revenues, over eight thousand employees and several billion in market capitalization. Pavan’s role was extensively profiled in the bestseller The New New Thing by Michael Lewis. Prior to WebMD, Pavan worked at Silicon Graphics, where he was the General Manager for the company’s Interactive Media Group and was responsible for deploying Time Warner, Inc.’s Interactive TV project in Orlando, Florida. The Time Warner project is widely recognized as the most prominent and sophisticated ITV system ever created and has been the foundation of several advanced technologies and companies (e.g., Tivo). Prior to that, he was employed by Intel Corporation where he led several microprocessor software teams.
Pavan holds a B.S.E.E. from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) and an M.S.C.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pavan serves on several corporate boards and advisory boards. He also served on the board of the U.S. India Business Council from 1999-2009 and is currently on the Board of Visitors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Computer Sciences. He is a member of the Band of Angels and TIE Angels. He is the founder of the Badger Entrepreneurship Forum which includes Silicon Valley founders, executives, venture capitalists, investment bankers and attorneys who are UW alumni. Pavan is also involved with many community initiatives and is on the board of the Mountain View Police Activities League. He is the Advisory Chairman of the Kick, Lead and Dream Soccer Group and he also founded the Computer Learning Center for underprivileged children in Kanpur, India. He was a recipient of the Silicon India Leadership Award (1999), IITK (West Coast) Distinguished Alumni Award, and University of Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow (E-Business).