M. R. Rangaswami

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M.R. (Madhavan) Rangaswami is a software executive, investor, entrepreneur, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. Recognized as a software business expert, he participated in the rapid expansion of the Silicon Valley software industry during his tenure as an executive at both large and small software companies. In 1997, he co-founded Sand Hill Group,[1] one of the earliest “angel” investment firms, and in 2007, founded Corporate Eco Forum.

Sand Hill Group[edit]

In 1997, Rangaswami partnered with Constantin Delvanis to form Sand Hill Group,[2] a software consulting and investment group. The firm was one of the early “angel investors” in the Silicon Valley. Companies in which Sand Hill Group has invested include NeoForma, Niku,[3] Crossworlds, Luminate, Cord Blood Registry, and most recently, Adchemy, BDNA, Vysr, and Supercool School. Sand Hill Group has also become known for its community building activities in the software industry. The firm produced the Enterprise[4] and Software[5] (now owned by CMP Technology)[6] conference series and publishes sandhill.com,[2] an online resource for software business strategy. Rangaswami was profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.[7]

Corporate Eco Forum[edit]

In 2007, M.R. embarked on a new venture as the founder of the Corporate Eco Forum,[8] an invitation-only membership organization for Global 500 companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to environment as a business strategy issue.[9] CEF’s mission is to help accelerate sustainable business innovation by creating the best neutral space for business leaders to strategize and exchange best-practice insights. Members represent 18 industries and have combined revenues exceeding $3 trillion.[9]

In addition to the annual meeting, the CEF authors a series of research reports on corporate sustainability[10] and publishes The EcoInnovator Blog as well as a weekly newsletter which summarizes the latest eco-business news.[11]


Under the auspices of the SHG Foundation, Rangaswami founded Indiaspora to unite Indian Americans and to transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage.[12] In September 2012, Indiaspora's inaugural Forum hosted 100 leaders from all constituencies of the Indian American community, including CEOs, activists, academics, journalists, financiers and diplomats. The weekend event energized the community and be a catalyst to transform the success of Indian Americans into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage.[13]

In January 2013 Indiaspora hosted the first-ever Indian American Ball for the President of the United States. Indiaspora members and a sold-out crowd of 1,200 Indian Americans joined politicians, policy makers and other guests and celebrated the accomplishments of the 3-million-strong community.[14]


  • Received AACSB’s Inaugural Influential Leaders Award[15]
  • Honored With US-CET Lifetime Achievement Award[16]
  • Included in Top 25 Most Influential Technology Executives 1997[17]
  • Listed on the Forbes Midas 100 list of most successful investors in 2001[18] and 2003[19]