Sailendra Koorapati


Sailendra holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University, India and an MS in Industrial Engineering from National Institute of Industrial Engineering, India.

Sailendra Koorapati (Sai) is a platform technology advisor for NextWave Ventures. Sai currently serves as CIO for Callaway Golf where he is deeply involved in IT, Operations, Supply Chain Planning, and Systems/ERP implementation. Prior to his role at Callaway, Sai was part of the core team at tMax Gear where he helped grow and lead the company to a successful exit to TaylorMade Adidas Golf in under 5 years. Sai has a rich entrepreneurial history and is a proven IT leader with a verifiable record of success.

Within NextWave, Sai focuses his efforts on ensuring that our portfolio companies are at the absolute cutting edge with respect to Information Technology, software, and performance improvement.

On a Saturday afternoon I can be found...

Having fun with my kids and wife. Soccer, swimming, biking, bug hunting…the list goes on and on.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Be humble. Be Hungry. Be Bold. Learn every day and exceed your own expectations on stretch and scary goals.

Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean?

I’d love to explore a new planet! Reading and watching videos about the cosmos has always excited me and I’m a big fan of Carl Sagan. I guess you could say that space exploration of any type inspires the confidence to achieve feats which are seemingly impossible.