David Rajan is one of the founders of Marakon’s digital and innovation practice. He is a specialist in the development of new products, services and systems, blending exceptional strategic abilities with a passion for design and deep technical knowledge. His primary interest is the development of new commercial opportunities at the intersection of strategy, design and technology.
David has over 20 years of experience working with major corporations and start-ups on technology and digital transformation, product and service design. Recently, he worked as Chief Digital Officer of San Jose-based, Agile software product development company, GlobalLogic, and Chief Technology Officer of renowned San Francisco, experience design firm, Method, where among other things, he helped set up a new client’s design lab; spearheaded a project which resulted in a SxSW nomination for a healthcare wearable.
David spent most of his early career working for Oracle Corporation and then briefly with Infosys. He was involved in the development, architecture and strategy for highly scalable and available systems, large scale databases, data warehousing and data architectures, including business intelligence, internet, mobile, middleware, data integration and big data systems. He designed many early dot.com architectures, developed the worlds first mobile data applications over the trial GPRS network, created an early social collaboration tool.
David also set up the first corporate start-up incubator in the UK and established a pioneering inter-company open innovation project between 14 large corporations.
He is non-executive director at 100%Open, a leading pioneer of enterprise open innovation and an advisor to the Goodlab, a JV of the UK’s top 12 charities. Occasionally, David gives lectures at Hyperisland, the Digital University.
David has experience starting his own companies, fund raising,and angel investing. He is a founder of the Union, a successful corporate venturing club.
In his spare time, David leads a team of ex-Ford designers and engineers, working to create the next generation of advanced personal mobility vehicle for individuals with physical mobility challenges.
David is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Institute of Directors.
MSc, Computing Science, University of Staffordshire
BA(Hons), Peace Studies, Bradford University