Rama Bethmangalkar

Managing Director



Rama is the Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures India, based out of Bangalore. He joined Qualcomm with 17 years of experience spanning technology investing, R&D and product management. Previously, he was Principal at Ventureast, a premier VC firm in India. During his 10 years at Ventureast, Rama was involved in a full-gamut of venture capital lifecycle from fund raising/investor relations, sourcing/diligence/closing investments, portfolio management and exits. He has worked closely with entrepreneurs and startups in financial technologies, semiconductors, internet commerce, media and advertising. As a board member, he played a crucial role in scale-ups, pivots, and M&As of these businesses. His current interests include enterprise software, IoT, and machine learning among the emerging technologies.

Prior to venture capital, Rama enjoyed being a part of the computing and internet technology sector in the late nineties. He was with Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley for close to 7 years, initially as a systems programmer and later as a senior product manager. Rama holds a MBA from Cornell University, M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island, and B.Engg in Computer Science from University of Mysore, India.

Outside of Work

His other interests include yoga, history, classical music and sports. He is enthusiastic about many a sport and once in while, you may find him on the golf course or driving range “chopping wood.”