Taking on Industry Giants to Disrupt Stagnation with Jaya Rao, Co-founder + COO (Molekule)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00 AM UTC

Jaya Rao is the Co-founder and COO of Molekule, an air purification startup that's challenging an industry that hasn't innovated since the 1940s. The company was founded by a family trio of scientists and engineers - father, son and daughter (Jaya) - who are committed to changing the way we think about our health through the air we breathe.

In-person event

About this event

Jaya Rao will sit down with Molly Fosco, Tech Reporter at Ozy, for a fireside chat full of tips, lessons, and inspiring stories.

 Molekule is one of the few Silicon Valley startups that exists to solve a critical global issue. Before they even considered becoming a company, Molekule's technology was 20 years of R&D - once they realized the power of this air purification tech, they worked incredibly hard to bridge that gap from academic research to commercialization to bring it to the masses.

 Jaya is not just a founder, she is an advocate for clean air everywhere. Her passion for educating consumers on the importance of clean air and their health has catapulted this company forward - and she's not just the "ideas" person. She was integral in raising funding, pitching VCs while pregnant and even having major contractions during one of their investor meetings! She's seen the company grow from an idea a father had to help his son, to a fast-growing Silicon Valley company that's a true David and Goliath scenario - this company is taking on some of the biggest brands in the world.

Check out what happened


  • Jaya Rao


    Co-founder + COO



Wednesday, March 27, 2019
1:00 AM – 4:00 AM UTC


1:00 AMDrinks, snacks + making friends
2:00 AMFireside Chat with Jaya Rao
2:45 AMAudience Q+A


  • Derek Andersen

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Organizer

  • Startup Grind

    Silicon Valley

    The world’s largest startup community