VA Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D

VA Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist-technologist, entrepreneur, inventor and educator, is a Fulbright Scholar, Lemelson-MIT Awards Finalist, Westinghouse Science Talent Search award recipient, holds four degrees from M.I.T. and is inventor of one of the world’s first EMAIL systems for which he received the first U.S. Copyright on E-MAIL.

Born in Bombay, India, VA Shiva Ayyadurai moved to America at the age of seven in 1970. He completed his secondary school education at Livingston High School. He pursued his bachelors, dual masters and doctoral degrees at M.I.T., spanning the fields of electrical engineering and computer science, media arts and sciences, applied mechanics and systems biology. VA Shiva Ayyadurai’s research on pattern recognition and large-scale systems development has resulted in multiple patents, numerous industry awards, new computational platforms such as CytoSolve, commercial products and many industry publications.

VA Shiva Ayyadurai has started and successfully grown several start-up companies. Following his winning of a White House competition to automatically analyze and sort mail, Shiva started Interactive, Inc., which grew to nearly $200 million in market valuation. He has a deep interest in finding ways to integrate Traditional Medicines and Systems Biology. He has appeared in The MIT Technology Review, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC News, USA Today and other major media. He was named Top 40 in the Improper Bostonian and has authored two books on the Internet: Arts and the Internet and The Internet Publicity Guide.

VA Shiva Ayyadurai has published scientific articles in conference proceedings and refereed journal articles. Shiva continues his passion for entrepreneurialism as Managing Director of General Interactive, a venture fund that incubates, mentors and funds new startups in various areas including rural healthcare, media, biotechnology, information technology, to name a few. He has been a teacher and educator to students at MIT as well as to CEOs and Executive Management at Fortune 1000 companies.

Referred to as “Dr. E-Mail”, VA Shiva Ayyadurai is an authority on Email technology and e-marketing methods; VA Shiva Ayyadurai oversees the creation of software technology platforms for intelligent messaging and relationship marketing. Interactive’s patented technology, XIVA is the result of two decades of research by VA Shiva Ayyadurai in pattern recognition and classification, signal processing, information retrieval, neural networks, natural language processing, and semantic networks. Interactive’s solutions deliver long- term, demonstrated return on investment in high-volume, customer-critical enterprise-wide applications.

As the Chairman of Interactive, VA Shiva Ayyadurai’s entrepreneurial and intellectual ideas provide the foundation for many of the new products that have made Interactive a well-established leader in the relationship management arena. As an educator, he developed a series of workshops and lectures in which companies can learn to leverage Email as the ultimate vehicle for relationship management between customer and the company. CEOs, CIOs, and VPs of Fortune 1000 organizations turn to Dr. Shiva as an advisor in the development of integrated e-business strategies, Email marketing solutions and to help them identify processes for improving customer relationship management.

A respected member of the New England high-tech community, VA Shiva Ayyadurai participates in discussions with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology in a technology policy roundtable, established as part of the Bush Administration’s efforts to ensure that high-tech industry concerns are addressed in Federal policy-making.

During President Clinton’s administration, VA Shiva Ayyadurai joined a select group of CEOs who met with former President Clinton and Senator Kerry (MA) to discuss the use of the Internet and Email for CRM and ways that the federal government can implement technology to save tax dollars while improving communications with constituents.

VA Shiva Ayyadurai is a member of Sigma-Xi, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He supports the Shanthi Foundation which raises money to provide scholarships for education of orphaned girls. He is also a supporter of various arts and non-profit organizations including the Guggenheim Museum, Very Special Arts, National Public Radio and the National Geographic Society. VA Shiva Ayyadurai enjoys yoga, travel, tennis, animals, art and architecture, and lives Belmont, MA, USA.