Venky Harinarayan

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Venky Harinarayan
Born Venkatesh Harinarayan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Stanford University (PhD), IIT Madras, (B.Tech)
Occupation Cambrian Ventures, Kosmix and Junglee Corp

Venky Harinarayan is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix. Harinarayan also co-founded Junglee Corp. and played a significant role at in the late 1990s. Originally from Bombay, India, Harinarayan has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from IIT Madras (Class of 1988). While at Stanford, Harinarayan co-wrote a paper[1] on implementing data cubes with Anand Rajaraman and Jeff Ullman, which is among the top 600 most cited computer science articles over the last 20 years.[2]

Together with four other engineers, Harinarayan founded Junglee Corp. in 1996. Junglee Corp. pioneered Internet comparison shopping.[3] Junglee Corp. was acquired by Inc. in August 1998 for 1.6 million shares of stock valued at $250 million.[4] Harinarayan then became general manager at, where he worked with founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to help create's marketplace business. Marketplace is currently[when?]'s most profitable and fastest-growing business, accounting for almost 25% of all US transactions.[5] Harinarayan also was an inventor of the concept[6] underlying’s Mechanical Turk.

Harinarayan and his business partner, Anand Rajaraman, co-founded Cambrian Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund, in 2000. Cambrian went on to back several companies later acquired by Google. Cambrian funded companies like Mobissimo, Aster Data Systems and[7] Harinarayan also helped to create search advertising startup Efficient Frontier, which was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2011 for $400 million.[8] In 2005, the business partners co-founded Kosmix, a website which organized the World Wide Web by topic.[9] In 2017, Harinarayan became a special partner to NeoTribe Ventures. [10].


  1. ^ with Rajaraman, Anand; Ullman, Jeffrey D. (1996). "Implementing Data Cubes Efficiently". doi:10.1145/233269.233333. 
  2. ^ Most Cited Computer Science Articles (501–600), CiteSeer. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  3. ^ Walter, Mark. "Junglee Tries to Tame the Data Jungle" 5 August 1998. Retrieved on 1 August 2009.
  4. ^ " buys Junglee, PlanetAll", Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. 5 August 1998. Retrieved on 20 July 2009.
  5. ^ Venky Harinarayan, Founding Partner, Cambrian Ventures. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  6. ^ Venky Harinarayan et al., Hybrid machine/human computing arrangement, United States Patent, 27 March 2007
  7. ^ Ranganathan, Chandra and NS Ramnath. "Men Who Spurn Google create Kosmix" The Economic Times. 30 October 2007. Retrieved on 17 March 2009.
  8. ^ "Efficient Frontier". crunchbase. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kosmix" CrunchBase. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  10. ^ Griffith, Erin (17 February 2017). "Term Sheet -- Friday, February 17". Fortune. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 

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