Vijay Vashee, a genial technocrat and a philanthropist, began his career with Microsoft Corporation in 1982. During his 19 years at Microsoft, he held various positions in marketing, program management, and general management and is credited with successfully achieving significant milestones for several key Microsoft products.
Leading the marketing and product launch efforts for Microsoft’s core applications, Vijay orchestrated the integration of PowerPoint into the Microsoft Office Suite, and guided PowerPoint’s revenue growth from $100 million to over $600 million. He also managed the growth of Microsoft Project from just $5 million in product revenue to over $100 million. At the end of Vijay’s term leading these products, both had gained #1 market share in their categories.
Vijay currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is a member of the Computing and Information Science Advisory Council, Cornell University Entrepreneurship Council and the University of Chicago Entrepreneurship Board. Vijay is closely involved with a number of startups and is the co-founder of the Seattle Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a not-for-profit organization that supports and mentors budding entrepreneurs.
Vijay is a Cornell alumnus with a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, and an MBA from University of Chicago. He obtained his undergraduate degree from IIT, Powai.