Venu RaghavanVP of Strategy & Development
Passionate about collaborating with motivated individuals to achieve ambitious goals, Venu is thrilled to be part of the Wasson Enterprise team as VP of Strategy & Development. In this role, Venu works to source and screen deals, from diligence through execution while also helping to create valuable partnerships with funds, companies and other family offices. In addition, Venu helps to manage Wasson Enterprise’s portfolio of investments and partnerships.
Venu grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis where he learned the value of hard work, loyalty and sense of community. He knew he had a passion for business, which led him to the University of Michigan. Upon graduation from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Venu joined the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Capital, where he focused on M&A and capital raising for healthcare companies. Venu’s spark for entrepreneurship came alive while working on a deal where he developed an appreciation for the grit and determination required to build a business. At that time, Venu also wanted to move back to the Midwest, which led him to Chicago.
While in Chicago, Venu worked with multiple startups at various stages, where he has taken on positions of increasing responsibility, including as founding team member at CouponDoc, Manager of Strategy & Analytics at Belly and Director of Finance & Analytics at Opternative. In these roles, Venu wore multiple hats, including working on new product launches from multiple angles, fundraising, KPI development, tracking/reporting and process & product improvement while ultimately helping to drive business strategy, operations and FP&A. Venu used all of these experiences to start his own consulting firm, Inir Consulting, where he worked with a breadth of clients to help add value on strategic, financial and operational initiatives.
Venu enjoys spending his time volunteering with causes related to education and healthcare, namely the Ronald McDonald House and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.