Jai Rawat* is a technology entrepreneur, innovator and public figure who has founded several successful technology companies, has authored many patents and is a frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurial conferences. He is currently the co-founder and the top executive at Zinrelo. He is also a charter member of TiE and sits on the advisory boards of several companies. He has received several awards and recognition for his contributions.
Rawat started his first company, Obongo in 1999. Obongo was an online identity management service offering single sign-on, eWallet, and email spam control. It soon attracted a lot of attention from the top silicon valley investors and was funded by Sequoia Capital. Obongo generated a reach of over 40 million users before getting acquired by AOL. As a senior executive at AOL, Rawat led the teams driving AOL's online commerce and mobile strategy.
In 2003 Rawat co-founded another company, AirTight Networks. AirTight provides secure Wi-Fi solutions and is currently being used by hundreds of businesses including MTA New York City Transit. Soon, Rawat went on to start another company, ShopSocially in 2009, it was recently rebranded as Zinrelo and it offers the world’s best loyalty rewards and referral programs to the enterprises, helping them to maximize revenue per customer and new customer acquisition through 360-degree customer engagement. Zinrelo loyalty rewards program boosts per-customer revenue by 2.4 times and repeats purchases by 80%.
Rawat has also been very active in several non-profit organizations promoting entrepreneurship and mentoring others. He has been a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE ). He also chairs TiEcon, the largest conference in the world for entrepreneurs. Rawat got his bachelor degree in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur and then came to the USA to get his master's degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University. Rawat has been awarded 17 technology patents for the innovative work he has done in his startups.