Rohit K. Shukla is the chief executive officer of Larta Institute.
In 1993, Shukla was deeply involved in the creation of a well-known technology program in the State of California, which established the regional technology alliances (RTA’s), the California Technology Partnership (or CalTIP) and a federal-State partnership program to facilitate funding for both high-profile and grass roots projects. Shukla was selected to personally direct the Los Angeles chapter of the RTAs (Larta). The program operated successfully under State funding from 1994 through 2003 as the State’s principal agent on innovation in the State’s largest region. Under Shukla’s leadership, Larta has become recognized worldwide as a convener and facilitator, and as an active “incubator without walls.” Larta is the prince[al commercialization agent of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has assisted other federal agencies including, NIST-ATP and DARPA.
Since the early 1990’s Shukla has produced a range of research reports. He was the co-author of “Beyond Consolidation” (on the redeployment of defense and aerospace assets in California, and the changing economy that followed the period of downsizing), the well-received “Hollywood Unstrung” reports on the impact of digital technologies on the entertainment industry and its implications for the economy of entertainment, the equally well-known Sand Dollar Reports (on investment and innovation), the nation’s first Nanotechnology Yellow Pages and Report, the Technology Innovation Index, which mapped innovation indicators in Southern California, the Federal Technology Funding Guide, now in its 6th year, and many reports on such sectors as bioinformatics, semiconductors, wireless technology and medical devices, as well as knowledge-based issues such as technology transfer and commercialization.
Shukla also established and annual Venture Forum, focused on providing “guided entrepreneurship” assistance to companies seeking private investment capital. Reflecting the organization’s attention and focus on technology transfer to the marketplace from the rich ground of research in California, Shukla was the force behind the creation of Network T2, the largest consortium of universities and research institutions in the country, which serves as a conduit for collaborative projects, a training ground for spin-offs from universities, and a calling card to global industry and academic players.
Prior to founding Larta, Shukla served, from 1991-94, as director of aerospace and high technology business at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. He oversaw an ambitious program funded by the federal Economic Development Administration, the first federally-funded ‘defense adjustment’ program in the country.
Shukla has worked in high technology industry since 1983, first as an entrepreneur and founder of his own small company providing database and communications solutions and devices, and later, from 1989-1991 as the executive director of The Presidents’ Roundtable, a mentor group of CEOs from defense and aerospace companies throughout the U.S., based in Los Angeles. That group included such leading figures as Peter Drucker, Bill Perry (who later became Secretary of Defense) and Mal Currie (then CEO of Hughes Aircraft Company, who later became co-chair of Project California).
In April, 1999, he was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the “Tech Coast 10 To Watch.” He has also been named to the “Who’s Who of High Technology” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, been inducted into the International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs and has received numerous awards and citations. He has served on the boards of several institutions including the Integrated Media Systems Center at the University of Southern California, the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, EC2, The Annenberg Incubator Project at the University of Southern California, the Digital Coast Roundtable and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
In October 1997 Shukla was appointed by then Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to both the Board of Information Technology Commissioners and a special blue ribbon task force on communications infrastructure for the City of Los Angeles. He co-authored the report for the City’s adoption of a streamlined telecommunications policy. He is widely quoted for his views in the media, has been a frequent guest on KWHY-TV, the Investment Channel, has been featured on such shows as the Lehrer News Hour, and in such news publications as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired magazine, CIO magazine, Forbes and Silicon India. He speaks frequently before private and public audiences in the U.S. and overseas, and has been a frequent guest of regional and national governments in Scandinavia, Western Europe, the Far East and all over the United States.
Shukla holds a Masters in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and a Masters in Communications Arts from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He is a U.S. citizen and has been a resident of Los Angeles since 1979.