Dileep Rao, Forbes.com
Columnist on Entrepreneurial Finance, is a nationally acclaimed practitioner, advisor, author and communicator on new business development, business growth and financing businesses and ventures. He combines real-world experience in financing over 450 firms and managing five companies as the V.P. (now director) of one of the U.S.’ largest development finance institutions with advising governments (including the U.S. government), Fortune 1000 companies and entrepreneurs in new business development and financing. Dr. Rao is also a leading communicator in these areas, as a lecturer in New Business Development and Financing in MBA and Executive MBA programs in the U.S., Europe and Asia, receiving Outstanding MBA Teacher of the Year awards. He is also a columnist for Forbes.com and is the author of books, including Business Financing: 25 Keys to Raising Money (NY Times Pocket MBA Series) and Handbook of Business Finance & Capital Sources. (AMACOM, NY). According to Inc. magazine, “business needs all the help it can get. Like the U.S. Cavalry, (Rao’s) Handbook enters the scene just in time”. His books, seminars and workshops help entrepreneurs, their advisors and area business developers. Dr. Rao has two engineering degrees and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.