J.P. Rangaswami

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JP Rangaswami at reboot8.0 in Copenhagen, 2006
Kevin Marks (left) and JP Rangaswami at Defrag 2010, Colorado USA

JP Rangaswami (born 12 November 1957 in Calcutta, India) is a speaker, economist, financial journalist, technology innovator, and blogger.

Early life[edit]

Rangaswami lived in Calcutta for half his life before emigrating to the United Kingdom. He studied Economics and Statistics at the renowned St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, specializing in developmental economics.


Originally an economist and financial journalist, he has worked with technology in finance since 1980 with a number of large multinationals. He was named CIO of the Year [1] by Waters Magazine in 2003, and CIO Innovator of the Year by the European Technology Forum in 2004. In 2007 and 2008, Rangaswami was selected as one of technology's 50 most influential individuals in the Silicon.com Agenda Setters poll.[2] Rangaswami was chosen for "vision and innovation rarely seen in CIOs." He is today chief scientist for salesforce.com and a venture partner at Anthemis Group [1]. Prior to joining salesforce.com he was chief scientist at British Telecom and before that Global CIO at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the British Computer Society.

JP is an outspoken advocate of open source and using emerging and disruptive technologies to improve information sharing, education and collaboration. While at Dresdner Kleinwort he chaired their technology incubator, where he(really JP is a great guy but this was done by

his boss at the time and not him) oversaw the creation and spinoff of a number of startups, including openadaptor,[3] yolus,[4] sold to Ion Trading [5] and aspelle.com. He also helped set up, and later chaired, Webtek, an Indian software development company.

He is currently chairman of Ribbit [2], a startup focused on transforming telcos, and of School of Everything which brings teachers and students together in a disruptive way.

In April 2010 he was ranked 18th in the Wired 100, a list of the most influential "digital powerbrokers" voted by Wired Magazine.


JP is also a popular and irrepressible blogger. On Confused of Calcutta he states the following credo:

  • I believe that it is only a matter of time before enterprise software consists of only four types of application: publishing, search, fulfillment and conversation. I believe that weaknesses and corruptions in our own thinking about digital rights and intellectual property rights will have the effect of slowing down or sometimes even blocking this from happening.
  • I believe we keep building layers of lock-in that prevent information from flowing freely, and that we have a lot to learn about the right thing to do in this respect. I believe identity and presence and authentication and permissioning are in some ways the new battlegrounds, where the freedom of information flow will be fought for, and bitterly.
  • I believe that we do live in an age of information overload, and that we have to find ways of simplifying our access to the information; of assessing the quality of the information; of having better tools to visualise the information, to enrich and improve it, of passing the information on.
  • I believe that Moore’s Law and Metcalfe's Law and Gilder’s Law have created an environment where it is finally possible to demonstrate the value of information technology in simple terms rather than by complex inferences and abstract arguments.
  • I believe that simplicity and convenience are important, and that we have to learn to respect human time.
  • I believe we need to discuss these things and find ways of getting them right.

"I was one of those snotty little kids where my father had to learn immense patience because I kept on asking the question 'Why?'"[6]


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