Manoj Saxena is the executive chairman of Cognitive Scale and founding General Partner of The Entrepreneur’s Fund IV where he directs investments in Big Data and Cognitive Computing space. He is also a Special Advisor to IBM where he focuses on operationalizing IBM’s $100m Watson Cloud Ecosystem Fund.
Saxena is a successful CEO and serial entrepreneur who successfully founded, scaled, and sold two venture-backed software companies within a five-year span. Webify, an emerging leader in industry-specific SOA middleware, which was acquired by IBM in 2006, and Exterprise, a business process collaboration company, purchased by Commerce One in 2001.
Earlier, Saxena was General Manager, IBM Watson, where his team built the world’s first cognitive systems in healthcare, financial services, and retail. He received the IBM Chairman’s award for Watson commercialization and helped with the formation of Watson Ecosystem and the Watson Business Group in January 2014 backed by a $1B investment from IBM.
An active community contributor, he currently serves on several boards including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch, Communities In Schools, and the Saxena Family Foundation. Saxena holds two U.S. patents for web services technologies.
A frequent speaker at industry and business conferences, Manoj is the recipient of multiple awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year”, “IT Technologist of the Year”, and the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Michigan State University from where he received his MBA in 1991.