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 Voodoo, 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.
With a deep background in video gaming and entertainment, Sood sits on the board of advisors for Razer, a company that is widely known for taking over where Voodoo left off. He is also an early investor and active advisor in Vrvana, a leading Mixed Reality hardware company based in Montreal.
Unikrn is his new baby - their mission is to heighten the experience of watching and participating in esports by introducing safe, regulated, and responsible live in game betting to esports tournaments and video games. Since November 2014, Unikrn has 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.
He is active in the entrepreneurial community, helping and mentoring a variety of startups. In his spare time, Sood enjoys wakesurfing & wakeboarding, standup paddle boarding, cycling, racing cars and spending time with his family. He is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and now lives in Seattle Washington. You can find him on Twitter @rahulsood. You can find Unikrn on Twitter @unikrnco.