Manoj Saxena is the chairman of Cognitive Scale and a founding managing director of The Entrepreneurs’ Fund IV, a $100m seed fund focused exclusively on the cognitive computing space. As Executive Chairman, he leads the effort to grow demand from global businesses for machine intelligence powered industry software that weaves rich experiences, actionable insights, and continuous learning into the fabric of business.
Prior to joining TEF, Saxena was general manager, IBM Watson, where his team built the world’s first cognitive systems in healthcare, financial services, and retail. He received the IBM Chairman’s award for Watson commercialization and helped with the formation of Watson Business Group in January 2014 with a $1B investment from IBM.
Prior to IBM, Saxena successfully founded, scaled, and sold two venture-backed software companies within a five-year span. Webify, an emerging leader in industry-specific SOA middleware, which was acquired by IBM in 2006, and Exterprise, a business process collaboration company, purchased by Commerce One in 2001. Saxena holds two U.S. patents for web services technologies and is an author of several more.
He currently serves on several boards including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch, Communities In Schools, and the Saxena Family Foundation. Saxena holds an MBA from Michigan State University, and a masters in management sciences from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.