In addition to being part of the founding team at Park Lane, Mr. Thangaraj spent 21 years at EW where he was a Managing Director of six funds and served on numerous public and private company boards related to the firm's investment activity. At EW, he focused on many areas within the firm's broad investment focus, including co-heading its medical device practice and heading up its China practice. During most of his tenure, he was the president of the management company, served as the principal liaison with limited partners and chaired its fundraising activities.
Prior to joining Essex Woodlands, he began his venture capital career at ARCH Venture Partners (“AVP”) in 1992, where he managed one of the firm's first portfolio investments in a health information technology company until its successful sale. He then became AVP's first Associate and Chief Financial Officer when the firm spun out from the University of Chicago to form AVP Fund II. In 1995, he left AVP to run a telecommunication services company and managed its sale to a public company.
Mr. Thangaraj is the Co-Chair of the Council on the Booth School and is on the Visiting Committee of the College, both at the University of Chicago. He is also a Trustee of Trinity School in Menlo Park, California; a Board Member of the India Community Center in Milpitas, California; and the former Chairman of MAP International.
Mr. Thangaraj received an AB and MBA from the University of Chicago.