Business Consultant‚ CrowdFunding Consultant
Systematic Innovation & Commercialization Specialist
Ravindra Kondagunta (Ravi) is the founder and Managing Partner of Traction Labs, an Automotive Accelerator based in Southern California. Specializing in Systematic Thinking, Agile Innovation, Traction Labs’ provides end-to- end Innovation Services for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Some of their Fortune 500 clients include Cisco, Ford, GM, Siemens, Intertek. They also specialize in custom research on Smart technologies, Automotive Innovation Report and Mega-trends. Ravi’s career includes over 25 years of experience in Automotive industry – domestically and internationally.
As an Engineer at Ford, he helped engineer Body, Frame and Interior structures for safety & crashworthiness. As leader of Advanced & Cross-Carline Planning at Hyundai Ravi helped formulate long-term strategy of various vehicle lines and technologies between Pre-Concept to Product Sign-Off phases – resulting in Hyundai leap-frog competitive APEAL ratings and become an industry leader. Specifically, Ravi helped formulate and guide the development of key the technology platforms including Satellite Radio, Navigation and Connectivity. Ravindra is an angel investor with Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, The Funding Post and owns an angel portfolio worth over $540K. Ravindra has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, a MS in Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.