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|Born||Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Alma mater||IIT Kharagpur (B.Tech Mechanical Engineering), Iowa State University (Master’s in Engineering), University of Michigan Business School (MBA)|
Rajeev Agarwal is the author of two books and CEO of MAQ Software.
Rajeev Agarwal was born in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. His father is an attorney and his mother is a teacher. Rajeev completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from IIT Kharagpur. He went on to complete his Master’s in Engineering from Iowa State University. In 1993, he completed his MBA from the University of Michigan Business School. After completing his MBA, he worked for Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.
Rajeev started MAQ Software in Redmond, Washington in March 2000. Within three months, the company opened a software development facility in Mumbai, India. Rajeev is credited with creating one of the first software startups in the Seattle region to utilize an international workforce for 24 hour operation., Under his leadership, the company has been listed by Inc. magazine nine times as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States.
In 2013, Rajeev authored his first book, What I Did Not Learn At IIT: Transitioning from Campus to Workplace. The book addresses poor employability of millions of new graduates in India.Cite error: Invalid
invalid names, e.g. too many The book was endorsed by leading business thinkers Som Mittal and Verne Harnish with a foreword by S. Somasegar. The book is a national bestseller in India. The Hindu newspaper stated that the book, "offers students, young and old, a road map for success."
In 2017, Rajeev authored his second book What I Did Not Learn in B School: Insights for New Managers. The book addresses the shortage of qualified managers in India and offers solutions to improve managerial effectiveness. Cite error: Invalid
invalid names, e.g. too many The book was endorsed by Tech Mahindra CEO C. P. Gurnani and includes a foreword by HCL Technologies co-founder Arjun Malhotra. Outlook Money magazine described the book as, "a fast and breezy read" and "a handy reference for anyone keen to practice management lessons in their careers and their lives."
- What I Did Not Learn in B School: Insights for New Managers, Penguin Random House, 2017. ISBN 978-0143440079 Search this book on .
- What I Did Not Learn At IIT: Transitioning from Campus to Workplace, Penguin Random House, 2013. ISBN 978-8184004861 Search this book on .
Education and Philanthropic Work
Rajeev serves as a board member in the IIT Kharagpur Alumni Foundation and is a TIE Seattle Charter Member. He runs a non-profit organization, Foundation for Excellence, that provides science and mathematics education facilities for girls in rural India.
Rajeev is a Director on the board of the Bellevue Hindu Temple and Cultural Center.
Awards and recognition
In 2010, Rajeev was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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- "High technology from India is just down the street". The Seattle Times.
- "Once Could be Luck, but 9 Times on the Inc. 5000 List? You're Doing Something Right". Inc.
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- "Between the Covers". The Hindu.
- "What I Did Not Learn in B School: Insights for New Managers". Outlook Money. October 2017.
- "TiE Seattle Charter Members". TiE Seattle.
- "Trustees". Bellevue Hindu Temple.
- "Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Awards in the Pacific Northwest Announced". Business Wire.
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