CEO of Unikrn
Creator of Microsoft Ventures
Rahul Sood is the CEO of Unikrn, a Seattle-based eSports startup.
Previous to Unikrn, Sood created the first incubation fund for startups at Microsoft, and eventually Microsoft consolidated their global startup activities under Sood’s leadership. In June 2013, he launched Microsoft Ventures.
A serial entrepreneur, Sood spent 18 years in multiple startups prior to joining Microsoft. He founded luxury and gaming computer manufacturer VoodooPC, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Voodoo brought the ENVY and OMEN product lines to HP, contributing advanced technologies such as commercial liquid cooling and an increased focus on design.
Sood is a co-founder of BrightSquid Medical and BullsOnWallStreet, and he is an active angel investor in a number of Startups. Sood sits on the board of advisors for Razer, a company that is widely known for taking over where Voodoo left off.
Unikrn’s mission is to heighten the experience of watching and participating in esports. Unikrn is venture backed and raised a total of 10 million dollars with investors such as Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, Liz Murdoch, Shari Redstone, Binary Capital and many others. Unikrn signed an exclusive global partnership with one of the largest wagering companies in the world, and has opened their doors to multiple international markets. Unikrn has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, ESPN, CNBC and countless publications around the world. In 2015 Unikrn created the Unikoin, a token that has gained significant traction with Unikrn users. In October of 2017 it was announced that Unikrn sold over 127 million Unikoins in the biggest token sale in esports and video games.
He is active in the entrepreneurial community, helping and mentoring a variety of startups. In his spare time, Sood enjoys wake surfing & wake boarding, standup paddle boarding, cycling, racing cars and spending time with his family.
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