Krishna Grandhi is a technology and IP attorney whose clients span the spectrum from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies. Krishna spent the early part of his career as a technologist at Cleveland State University (CSU), a large public university in the United States. During his work there, he was involved in the whole spectrum of student experience, from student enrollment to alumni affairs. He worked as a coordinator on the enrollment services team helping plan and build CSU’s first online application system. He worked as a technology director in the university advancement division for several years, supporting the work of various alumni and fund-raising initiatives. He gained valuable experiences both as a student, by serving as a student body president for the Indian students, as well as an alum, by serving as the first president of the international alumni association. His years at CSU helped him gain tremendous insights into the higher education system, both as a student and as an administrator.
Krishna’s legal practice gave him access to top-notch thinkers and entrepreneurs. As an IP attorney, Krishna helped many start-ups set-up and run successful businesses. On the other side of the start-up spectrum, Krishna helped several VCs and Angel groups make reasoned and well-researched investments in high-growth and high-value companies. Krishna’s experience with managing patent and IP portfolios of large multi-national corporations helped him develop a well-rounded understanding of the business of innovation and the short and long-term impacts of developing and investing in sustained and quality research programs.
Krishna received his MBA from Cornell University and JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he served as Executive Business Editor and Technology Editor for the Cleveland State Law Review. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science from Cleveland State University.