Naren Ravula is Vice President and Head of product strategy & development at Flipkart. He is a well-rounded manager with diverse experience across both startup and growth environments.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, a master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Naren Ravula started his career as a design engineer in Intel Capital, a venture capital firm. In 2008, he became an associate director at UBS Investment Bank. In 2009, he joined NexTag, a price comparison service website for products, travel, and education, as a business development manager. He managed P&L, negotiated contracts, developed and managed syndication, co-branding, and lead generation relationships at the consumer internet startup.
Later, in 2011, he became the director of product strategy & management at NetApp, an American hybrid cloud data services and data management company. In 2016, he joined Salesforce in San Francisco as Senior Director of Product Strategy & Operations where he drove key initiatives across the entire Salesforce portfolio including B2B and B2C products. After that in 2018, he became the Vice President, Head of Corporate Strategy at Flipkart and later in 2020 got promoted to the post of Vice President, Head of Product Strategy & Deployment.
Naren Ravula, Vice President and Head of Strategy at Flipkart, discusses their Leap Accelerator programme, (targeted towards early-stage founders), and talks about the role of an engineering head at early-stage startups Anand Daniel, partner at Accel, in the INSIGHTS series podcast.
“The budget is essentially a constraint which says that of all the things we plan to do, this is what we potentially can do.”
- Naren Ravula, Vice President and Head of Strategy at Flipkart