Founding General Partner and Managing Director
The Entrepreneurs’ Fund IV
Manoj Saxena is a Founding General Partner of The Entrepreneurs’ Fund where he directs investments in Big Data and Cognitive Computing space. Saxena is a successful CEO and serial entrepreneur and most recently was IBM’s General Manager for the Watson Division.
Prior to IBM, Saxena 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. Saxena holds two U.S. patents for web services technologies.
Under his leadership at IBM, his team built the world's first cognitive computing systems in Healthcare, Financial Services, and Retail. He received the IBM Chairman's Award for Watson commercialization and helped the formation of a Watson Business Group in January 2014 with investments of over $1 Billion and 2,000 people.
He currently serves on several boards including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch, Communities In Schools, and the Saxena Family Foundation. He is the recipient of multiple awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, IT Technologist of the Year, Fast Company Most Creative People List, Civic Entrepreneurship Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University.
Saxena holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Management Sciences from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Pilani, India.