Dr. Jay Jootar
Chairman, The VC Group
Dr Jay is the founder and chairman of The VC Group. In addition, he is also serving as a faculty member in the field of Entrepreneurship at College of Management, Mahidol University.
He is a member of Thailand’s 3rd ICT national roadmap drafting committee presided by Thammasat University. He is also a board member in several influential research laboratories, feeding inputs from commercial world into technical research labs such as the Next-Generation Internet Lab of Prince Songkla University and the IP Lab of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi.
Prior to founding The Venture Catalyst Group in 2009, Dr. Jay was an executive at True Corporation for 7 years. He managed several innovative products such as Wi-Fi service, Voice over IP service, etc. His last post at True was the General Manager of VoIP Business which grew from its inception to more than $10 Mil. under 3 years. At True, he was leading several business development efforts throughout Thailand and overseas (USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan, Korea, India, Israel, Russia, UK, France, etc.)
He got his MBA and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1998 and 2002 respectively. During the time, he conducted research for the Center for Innovation in Product Development at MIT, which is the global research leader in the field of Product Development with sponsors such as IBM, Nokia, Motorola, etc.
During his years in the United States, he worked as a management consultant for several leading hi-tech companies such as Intel Corporation, ITT Corporation, Verizon Communications, IBM, etc. He led the team at ITT Corporation to plan a spin-off of a product group into an independent company. The company was named Meshnetwork and was later acquired and become a business unit under Motorola.
Dr Jay got a Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) from Chulalongkorn University in 1995, with first class honor and a valedictorian. He represented Thailand in the 1990′s International Mathematics Olympiad in Beijing, China.