Rajeev was a computer scientist based in Stanford University. He was a mentor to Larry and Sergy who are the co-founders of Google. Rajeev gave the pair the challenge –the internet is not very searchable — find a better way to search the internet — and from this Google was born.
In addition, Rajeev helped start, and was on the technical advisory board of, a number of other startups.
When I worked for Rajeev at Dot Edu Ventures, which he co-founded http://www.doteduventures.com, he was also an advisor to the DBAB venture capital fund at the time. This was in the 2000-2002 period. DBAB was also doing a lot of early stage deals as were we.
Here is a recent article about the passing of Rajeev: http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/ron-conway-tribute-to-rajeev-motwani/19089951
There was a good interview of Rajeev by SILICON INDIA a few years ago…I’m searching for the link now and will post it when I find it.
The Dot Edu Ventures website is down — it claims too much bandwidth is being used basically. Probably a lot of people hitting the site now learning more about the fund and Rajeev. However, here is the firm overview for you: