Achievements and Awards 
Over the years, Deshpande has contributed immensely towards new technologies, the innovation of products, services, research, and development. In 2002, he set up the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, which was established to encourage new creative discoveries and ideas in various areas by sponsoring and funding research and development. In 2000, he was a part of the Forbes Richest Americans in the world list. He was fortunate enough to find himself a place in a list of exclusive 400 slots. In 2010, he was elected the Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is a government organization set up by the American President. The organization was established with the view to sponsor innovative ideas. 


Famous As Entrepreneur
Born In Hubli, Karnataka 
Nationality American

Dr. Gururaj Deshpande is known for his contributions to the networking and telecom industry. He is the Chairman and one of the founders of Sycamore Networks Inc. He has carved a niche for himself with his futuristic ideas. His innovative and creative convictions have brought about a dramatic change on the business and technology front. His work and achievements have inspired quite a number of people, which only helps explain why he is such a popular speaker at several business organizations, technology institutions, management schools and government organizations. He has helped manage many organizations with his technical skills, research and development and business foresight. He has also helped several educational institutions by imparting knowledge gained from experience. Dr. Gururaj is also well known for his philanthropist ideas and has contributed effectively to the research and development centers in Massachusetts. The Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation was started by him with a vision to support and promote new technologies in the field of biotechnology, information technology and micro technology. 

Early Life 
Dr. Gururaj Deshpande was born in a thriving city known as Hubli. The city is tucked away in the northwestern part of the state of Karnataka. He was born in a Deshastha Brahmin's family, which is said to be one of the oldest communities amongst the Hindu-Brahmin sub-castes in India. He came from a very humble background, his father worked for a government office as a labor commissioner. After his schooling, he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He earned his degree in electrical engineering. He later went on to complete his Ph.D. (Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science) at the Queen's University, which is located in Ontario. 

After his education, Deshpande commenced his career at Codex Corporation, which is said to be the sister company of Motorola. The company was located in Ontario. Codex Corporations was a technology-manufacturing unit that focused on producing high-speed modems. Deshpande, thus, migrated to the U.S.A and three years later in 1987, he was made the co-founder of Coral Networks that produced routers, but two years later, he sold the company. He then started another company called Cascade Communications whose products and services boosted internet business for internet-based companies. Deshpande provided his services to the company first as a President and later as an executive Vice-President; seven years later he sold the firm to Ascend Communications. In 1998, he founded Sycamore Networks and was also the co-founder of Tejas Networks in 2000. Sycamore Networks focused on research and development of new products while Tejas Networks producing networking and telecom products and is heavily funded by many multi-national technology companies. Currently, Deshpande is the chairman at A123Systems, Sycamore Networks, Tejas Networks and Sparta Group. He holds a position among the board of directors at Airvana Inc. and earned a membership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Personal Life 
He is married to Jayshree Deshpande who is the sister of Sudha Murthy, a social worker, writer and wife of the Infosys founder Narayan Murthy. Gururaj and Jayshree have two children and live in Massachusetts, America. 

Time Line 
1984: Deshpande established Coral Networks.
1990: He set up Cascade Communications. 
1997: Cascade Communications was purchased by Ascend Communications.
1998: Sycamore Networks was established.
2000: Deshpande was listed in Forbes as one of America's richest person. 
2000: Tejas Networks was founded. He currently is the Chairman of the company. 
2002: Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation was inaugurated as a research center. 
2010: He now is the Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Youtube Videos
American-Indian billionaire entrepreneur Gururaj Deshpande bats for Net Neutrality
You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.

Person Live Feed
Order by: 
Per page:
  • There are no comments yet
0 votes
Noida, India
30.01.2016 (30.01.2016)
Opps. Its empty!!
Date of BirthNov 30, 1950
Is this Person Alive?Yes
More People from this City
Shradha Sharma is a distinguished celeb and a renowned personality in the field of dance and is also a good actress, who has announced her arrival with a show of exceptional skills and dazzling performances at various occasions. One of the most admired traits of Shradha is her positive attitude towa…
Categories: Celebrities Entrepeneurs Artists 
Gender: Woman
15.02.2018 · From admin
Cameraman and Editor at TV Asia Worked at Ahmedabad, India Studied at Gujarat University Went to Gujarat University Lives in Edison, New Jersey Married From Ahmedabad, India M…
Categories: Journalists 
Gender: Man
29.12.2017 · From admin
Categories: Religious 
Gender: Man
21.09.2017 · From Anil
Kumar Vishwas is a Hindi-language performance poet and an Indian politician and National Executive of Aam Aadmi Party. Vishwas has participated in poetry recitations and functions abroad including the USA, Dubai, Singapore, and Japan.
Gender: Man
09.07.2017 · From silverleafmc
Varsha Joshi is a versatile and natural stage artist with the sangeet bhushan from Bhargava sangeet vidyalaya Vile parle- Mumbai and based here in the US from 2003 with her husband and two daughters Nishtha and Tweesha , who are also budding talents in the music field of singing. Varsha Joshi alias…
Categories: Musicians Entrepeneurs Artists 
Gender: Woman
17.04.2017 · From joshmusical
Genelia D'Souza (born 5 August 1987) is an Indian film actress and model. She has appeared in South Indian cinema and Bollywood films. After gaining wide attention in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, Genelia began her acting career with the box-office hit Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. She …
Categories: Celebrities Artists 
Gender: Woman
31.03.2017 · From indiafairnj
Ashok Chakradhar is a Hindi poet, writer and a media personality. He has been a professor and head of the department of Hindi at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University). After serving for 29 years, he took voluntary retirement to focus on working towards the propagation and development of the Hind…
Categories: Celebrities 
Gender: Man
26.03.2017 · From dushahra
Balkrishna made his debut on the annual Forbes list of India’s 100 richest people at the 48th position Yoga guru Ramdev and aide Balkrishna came a long way since 1995, when they started Patanjali with only Rs 3500 in pocket They have stormed into India’s richest 100 club with a $2.5 billion net wo…
Gender: Man
23.09.2016 · From admin
Arif Afzal Usmani is CEO of AsiaTribune TV and chief editor of AsiaTribune Weekly newspaper.  
Gender: Man
31.07.2016 · From Asia
Get personalized advice directly from a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor If you need advanced information about your specific health situation, we can arrange for a consultation with Dr Kumar. Dr Kumar has extensive experience in helping patients achieve better health. If you have a quick ques…
Categories: Doctors 
Gender: Man
03.07.2016 · From drkumar
Gururaj Deshpande