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R. M. Malinka Walaliyadde

BS '12

Partner
Andreessen Horowitz (Menlo Park, CA)

Biography

Partner (focus on Digital Health and Data Analytics), Andreessen Horowitz, February 2014 – Present (1 year)|Menlo Park, California

Founding Member & COO, 1729, August 2013 – January 2014 (6 months)|San Francisco Bay Area. Managed deal review and negotiations for investments totaling ~$1.2M in technology startups and other investment vehicles. Set up and managed company operations.

Consultant (focus on healthcare), Deloitte, July 2012 – August 2013 (1 year 2 months)|Boston. Primary focus on healthcare/biotech - developed IT strategy for the CIO of a global pharmaceutical corporation. Worked on servicing of a $50B mortgage portfolio for an international financial firm.

Product, Counsyl, June 2012 – August 2012 (3 months)|San Francisco Bay Area. Developed a genetic inheritance statistical model to calculate Counsyl’s operational risk. Reported directly to CTO and independently drove a new business offering from idea stage to demonstration stage within 6 weeks.

Co-founder & Senior Adviser, Cornell University Genetically Engineered Machines (CU GEM), October 2009 – May 2012 (2 years 8 months)|Ithaca, New York. Co-founded student research lab to participate in an annual international genetic engineering competition (iGEM) held at MIT. Team received top 5% awards (out of ~200 international teams) for three consecutive years.

Co-founder & CEO, ECaFT, March 2009 – May 2012 (3 years 3 months)|Ithaca, New York. Co-founded student business (20 members) operating in recruiting space, which connected 2000+ students with 100+ employers. Maintained year-over-year revenue growth rate of 30% with 70% margins.

Tech Events Manager at Cornell University, on behalf of the Career Management Center at CornellTech & Johnson. Through daily supervision of Malinka Walaliyadde during Summer 2009, I directly benefited from his dedication and work ethic. It is my privilege to take the opportunity to recommend Malinka, as he is one of the best employees I have ever had.

President, Cornell Materials Society (CMS), March 2010 – April 2012 (2 years 2 months)|Ithaca, New York. Orchestrated social/professional events for Materials Science students with faculty and professional engineering societies.

Development Engineer, Corning Incorporated, June 2011 – August 2011 (3 months)|Corning, NY. Designed a novel error correction algorithm to obtain more accurate microplate readings and achieved 10% improvement over existing correction methods. Quantified a complex cell culture manufacturing process to allow for simple integration into cost model. Enabled determination of product price points by developing value proposition for cell culture products.

CTO, Cornell Innovation Competition, 2010 – 2011 (1 year)|Ithaca, New York. Developed a software-based soil testing system to efficiently map soil fertility for the agricultural industry - potential to cut fertilizer costs by 23% and increase crop yield by 9% within target market. Co-led team to develop working prototype and business plan for Cornell Innovation Competition, and presented to a panel of venture capital judges - won first place prize of $15,000.

Development Engineer, Corning Incorporated, August 2010 – December 2010 (5 months)|Corning, NY. Wrote several analytical software applications that dramatically increased both the availability of experimental data and speed of data analysis (cutting minutes down to seconds).

Genomics Researcher, Cornell Matthew DeLisa Lab, Cornell University, September 2009 – September 2010 (1 year 1 month)|Ithaca, New York. Worked on building a targeted protein destroying system in prokaryotes.

Career Services Publications, Cornell University, College of Engineering, June 2009 – August 2009 (3 months)|Ithaca, New York. Created several publications for Cornell Engineering students and organized large scale events for 50 - 500 people.

Bryan grew up in Westchester, NY and is an avid Jets and Knicks fan. He enjoys racket sports, biking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Education

BS - Materials Engineering, Minor in Bioengineering, Cornell University

Activities and Societies

Engineering Career Fair Team (ECaFT), Cornell University Genetically Engineered Machines (CU GEM), Cornell Materials Society (CMS), Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society

Honors & Awards

Cornell Daily Sun - Top 25 Most Notable Seniors (out of 3500 graduating seniors), based on leadership, personal and group accomplishments, influence on campus and impact on campus proceedings. First Prize ($15,000), Cornell Advanced Materials Competition in 2011, based on prototyping an innovative soil fertility testing technology and developing a business case for commercialization. Cornell Distinguished Leadership Award in 2011 (6 recipients selected from 800 student leaders), based on group accomplishments, and ability to motivate peers, foster teamwork, facilitate decision-making and meet goals. Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society (121st tapping class).

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