Aakriti Srikanth

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Aakriti Srikanth

(1992-06-20) June 20, 1992 (age 30)
CitizenshipUSA (EB1 green card)
  • Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering
  • Masters in Computer Science
Alma mater
  • RV College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • Ohio State University
  • Kellogg School of Management
OrganizationAI Amalgamators
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
  • Srikanth Vasantharajan (father)
  • Radhika Srikanth (mother)

Akriti Srikanth (born June 20, 1992) is an Indian-American entrepreneur, data scientist, AI product marketing consultant, and philanthropist. Currently, Srikanth serves as the Technical Director of Product Marketing for Machine Learning for a pre-IPO Unicorn DataRobot. She was the founding partner of AI Amalgamators, a venture capital, and private equity initiative launched with Microsoft for Startups.[1][2][3]

Throughout her career, Srikanth has driven value over $200M through customer and strategic partnerships. She has gained recognition for her product marketing and business development skills that have helped multiple organizations to flourish and scale from seed to Series D funding.[4]

Srikanth is a mentor for accelerators such as Acceleprise and Alchemist Accelerator and a member of the Computer Society of India. She is also an avid women's rights advocate who regularly writes for Forbes and VentureBeat. Srikanth has been listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, Forbes Women in AI List, and VentureBeat Women in AI Awards Finalist for 2020.[5][6][7]

Early life and education

Srikanth was born on June 20, 1992 to Srikanth Vasantharajan and Radhika Srikanth. Later she enrolled in the RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, India, where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering. Srikanth acquired her master’s degree in Computer Science from Ohio State University, Columbus. Srikanth also went to Kellogg School of Management, where she studied Operations Strategy.


In 2012, Srikanth joined The D.E. Shaw Group as a Data Scientist. After a year of her internship at D.E. Shaw and Co. Srikanth joined Deloitte as a Business Technology Consultant, where she worked for a year.[8][9]

Srikanth, in 2014, started working at IBM. She worked for over two years at this multi-national company as a Data Scientist and Technical Product Manager.[10]

In 2016, Srikanth joined RedHat as a Technical Product Manager and was eventually promoted to the post of an Head of AI Product Marketing for an AI division. During her tenure at this firm, Srikanth launched Red Hat Venture Incubator with the Head of AI/ML & Intelligent Edge of Red Hat.[11]

In 2018, Srikanth became a Co-Head of AI Technical Product Marketing, MLOps, and AI Startup Partnerships at NetApp. After a year, she joined H2O.ai as an AI Technical Product Marketing Consultant.[12]

In 2019, Srikanth became a Partner at a Venture Studio launched with Microsoft for Startups as AI Amalgamators. She has built a Microsoft for Startups AI Exec Council and an invite-only AI of 1000+ AI Execs & VCs with panels moderated by Forbes VC Senior Editor, Midas List, Cloud 100 & Forbes AI writers.[13]

During her career, Srikanth was a Principal at Mitsui Sumitomo Corporate Venture Capital Arm. She has sourced deals for Sorenson Ventures, Lightspeed, NEA, Data Collective, Norwest Venture Partners, Mayfield, Greylock, and others. She has also advised prolific organizations including Vendia, Credo.ai, Vectice, H2O.ai, and CyCognito to name a few.[14]

Srikanth co-founded Cognitive World, an AI Think Tank & Exec Community and AI contributing writer group after which she served as an advisor. Simultaneously, Srikanth also became a featured speaker at Pragmatic Institute and acquired a Level 5 product management certification. She also became a part-time Forbes Contributing writer and VentureBeat Contributing writer, where she served for three years.[15][16]

Apart from her career in the AI domain, Srikanth is also an advocate for women and has contributed numerous articles for the same at multiple media outlets. She is also an EB1 green card holder and a member of the Computer Society of India.[17]

Awards and recognition

  • Forbes Women in AI List[18]
  • Forbes 30 Under 30[19]
  • AList Magazine List:
  • IBM Watson University Competition Winner for Ohio State University:
  • VentureBeat Women in AI Top 4 Finalists for 2020

Personal life

Srikanth is fluent in English, Hindi, Konkani, Tamil, and Kannada.

In the media



  1. "Aakriti (Aku) Srikanth". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  2. Brown, Annie. "Meet The Women Leading The Fight For More Women In AI". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  3. "Aakriti (Aku) Srikanth". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  4. Leon, Sandra Ponce de. "Navigating The AI Landscape: Corporates, Startups And Venture Come Together". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  5. "30 Under 30 2019: Marketing & Advertising". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  6. Duran, H. B. (13 November 2018). "Meet Six Marketing Stars From Forbes 30 Under 30 2018". AList. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  7. Duran, H. B. (13 November 2018). "Meet Six Marketing Stars From Forbes 30 Under 30 2018". AList. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  8. Brown, Annie. "Goldman Sachs, Nationwide, and More Highlight Benefits of AI at H2O World New York". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  9. "WomenOfAI.org Partners with Cognitive World". COGNITIVE WORLD. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  10. "How Can We Step Up Our Diversity and Inclusion Effectiveness?". thriveglobal.com. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  11. "A Sponsor: Your Fast Track to Success". thriveglobal.com. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  12. "An influential Woman in AI who gets it right with Executive Presence: Aakriti Srikanth - Future Sharks". futuresharks.com. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  13. Lipson, Dan (29 May 2019). "A Woman in AI to Watch Out For". Medium. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  14. Shaji, Seona (17 December 2018). "Girl with an 'AI' on innovation". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  15. "Cognitive World launches "Diversity of Tech' initiative w/ special guest, Shruti Rao". COGNITIVE WORLD. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  16. Leon, Sandra Ponce de. "Navigating The AI Landscape: Corporates, Startups And Venture Come Together". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  17. "Ai in the Financial Industry". Ai in the Financial Industry. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  18. "A Powerful Woman In AI". BuzzFeed Community. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  19. Rooney, Jenny. "The 30 Under 30 Rewriting The Rules Of Marketing And Advertising 2019". Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2021.

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