Kuljot, KJ, is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Schmidt Futures.
Prior to joining Schmidt Futures, Kuljot served as a Principal Product Manager & Head of Product at Amazon Web Service (AWS). There, he led a team of Product Managers, as well as strategic planning, product development and P&L across cloud management, financial products, and enterprise tools verticals. Kuljot also started a new line-of-business focused on building tools for the AWS Partner ecosystem.
Prior to AWS, Kuljot was the Country Lead for Mastercard’s Digital Payments products in Hong Kong, and Product Manager at Mastercard in New York working on the platform for proximity payments and tokenization (e.g., ApplePay). Prior to that, he was a proximity sensing researcher at the Auto-ID labs at MIT.
He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University. He earned his pilot’s license at the age of 17, completed two levels of the CFA designation, and founded his first entrepreneurial venture in high school.