Razer, a manufacturer of popular peripherals for video gaming industry, on Thursday said that Rahul Sood, the founder of the legendary VoodooPC, a leading maker of high-end personal computers, has become an advisor to the Razer board of directors.
“I’m a fan of Rahul’s work at VoodooPC, and it is our shared passion for PC gaming and technological innovation that makes his involvement with Razer so relevant and exciting. In fact, it was his work at Voodoo PC that inspired us to enter the systems business, and I believe his advice will be invaluable to us here at Razer,” said Min-Liang Tan, chief executive officer of Razer.
Rahul Sood will provide strategic counsel on all aspects of Razer’s business, from global operations to sales, marketing and product development, as the brand continues to evolve its business in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Sood is an inveterate member of the technology industry. He was appointed general manager of interactive entertainment business at Microsoft in 2011. In 2012, he started Microsoft’s Bing Fund, a seed fund and startup incubator. As of March 2013, Mr. Sood is responsible for leading Microsoft’s global startups team, which includes startup accelerators in China, India, Israel and Seattle, and the Bing Fund based in Bellevue, Washington.
Prior to his current role, Rahul Sood was an entrepreneur with an array of startups. He founded luxury and gaming computer manufacturer VoodooPC, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard, bringing with it the Envy product line and its related technology and design inspirations. He additionally co-founded an array of networking and educational software solutions for medical professionals, as well as transactional and educational platforms for retail investors and traders.
“Razer is an extraordinary company in an enviable position and I’m really excited to join the business at such an exciting time in its history. I have admired Razer for many years. The company makes incredible products, their brand is thoughtful yet soulful, and they have a diehard and growing fan base. Moreover, the executive leadership is both inspired and inspiring. I see Razer as the spiritual successor to our previous work at VoodooPC,” said Mr. Sood.
Mr. Sood’s personal passions include using technology to improve wellness, including the development of technology-based products that help children with autism discover new ways to communicate. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games (Counter Strike, Call of Duty, Company of Heroes and Forza, among others), wakesurfing & wakeboarding, paddleboarding, cycling, racing cars and spending time with his family.