Rahul Valsan

An ordinary guy with an extraordinary sense of humor.

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When it came to writing this little piece I wasn't short of material. Although most of it I've had to edit, throw away, burn or delete so that the police couldn't use it for their enquiries. So this is what's left over.

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Rahul Valsan
San Francisco, CA
English, Malayalam
  • Biking
  • Food
  • Science
  • Nature
  • Music
  • Travel
  • Cars
  • Photography

likes & passion

  • Space
  • road Trip
  • Coding
  • Engineering
  • Studying
  • Inspiring
  • Science
  • Tinkering


Bachelor of Technology in Production Engineering

University of Calicut

Production engineering is a combination of manufacturing technology with management science. A production engineer has a wide knowledge of engineering practices and management challenges related to production.

Master's Diploma in Business Administration, Marketing Management

Symbiosis institute of Management Studies

The programs is structured around core courses that focuses on the practical application of marketing techniques and the management of marketing resources and activities. This includes market strategies, consumer behavior, market research and product management.

Master’s in Engineering and Technology Management

Portland State University

Engineering Management is a multidisciplinary program that emphasizes methods and concepts for management of technology including Engineering Economic Analysis, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Technology Forecasting, Competitive Strategies, Economics Of Technological Innovation and Operations Research.


Senior Partner Program Manager

Healthline Networks, Inc. November 2012 – Present

Direct programs from inception through delivery for Fortune 500 customers including Aetna and HealthPartners.
Plan and deliver the top five key initiatives for partners on time and on budget using agile methodology.
Own budgets up to $2.5M encompassing license and professional-services projects.
Led initiative to make Healthline HIPAA compliant in 2012
Successfully restructured failing projects for HealthPartners and SocialWealth leading to new projects worth $500,000

Program Manager

Vertical Communication September 2011 – November 2012

Oversaw multiple projects that accomplished strategic business and organizational objectives.
Delivered CVS’s 2012 flagship initiative, Fax and Voicemail Inception, which spans over 7500 stores, four different operating systems and multiple geographies on time and on budget.
Managed cloud and application services integration for Wave IP 2500 using C# and Microsoft Azure.
Architected efficient program-management processes including communications, scheduling, quality management, cost management, risk / issue management and change management.
Controlled budgets up to $1.5M for multiple projects.

Program Manager II

Microsoft September 2008 – October 2009

Oversaw several projects that interacted with internal and external partners including MSN, iVillage, Collarity and Facebook.
Launched the next-generation online management reports that standardized reporting, allowing senior managers to make better-informed decisions.
Established, implemented and directed processes to collect business metrics that allowed continuous health checks of all verticals and served as risk triggers.

Program Manager

Intel Corporation December 2003 – December 2007

Successfully delivered mission critical applications including DVMS (Delivery Vehicle Management System) and Remote Access for Intel Software Network’s (ISN’s) program, on schedule and within budget.
Managed the transition of ISN’s search engine to Google-powered search.
Ensured project closure; hand-off of components, obtained feedback and documented lessons learned and formal sign-off on all features delivered.
Led the IT Project Management Office and launched the PMP-certification program for Intel IT, leading to 32 percent improvement in project delivery with respect to time and budget.
Received multiple recognitions for consistently delivering superior products.


Program Management is all about leading without authority to create collaboration among component teams by managing at interfaces to maximize program benefits.

Define the blueprint to achieve the strategic business objectives. Monitor the resource and stakeholders landscape to understand their impacts on the selected strategy, and allow for a strategy modification that may be required.

Architect the structure within which to execute program management and administration.

Created the suite of structural elements that are the foundation for the program management process.

Help the team fill knowledge gaps and seek opportunities to grow and excel.

Web / Application: Javascript, AJAX, PHP, Java, C#, SQL


16 August 2014
Weekend in Dubai

Dubai is practically synonymous with shopping. Enormous shopping centers, flashy high-rises, bright lights but ultra conservative. Definitely visit The Burj Al Arab (the world's only 7 star hotel) , The Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest tower), Ski Dubai (enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round), The Dubai Mall (the world’s largest shopping mall).

23 June 2014
Paris is exceptional

Paris is a big, beautiful, historically and culturally rich, amazing! There’s so much to see and do. Start with the Musée du Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, check out the Eiffel Tower, see a show at the Moulin Rouge, Palais-Royal , Luxembourg Gardens, walk the Ile Saint-Louis, window shopping on rue Saint-Honoré, the Marais, stroll the Rue Des Martyrs, chocolate crawl in Saint-Germain-Des-Pres, Arc de Triomphe, the Panthéon, be amazed by the Love Wall, hike the towers of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the Père Lachaise cemetery, walk La Promenade Plantée, and the food is devine!

20 June 2014
Barcelona by bike

Barcelona is an exciting and cosmopolitan city. Discover the city's modernist architecture and the works of Antoni Gaudí including the amazing Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Savor the best of Catalan cooking. Fill up on tapas and cervesa. Revel in the Raval. Leisurely strolls down Las Ramblas. Take a dip in the Mediterranean, checkout Barceloneta, Mar Bella and Bogatell. Hang out in the best clubs for an unforgettable night. Make sure to looks for events in Parc de la Ciutadella. Barcelona is a major shopping destination, the shopping line stretches from the top of the Ramblas, through Plaça de Catalunya along Passeig de Gràcia and up Avenue Diagonal.

18 June 2014
Rome or where I ate my weight in gelato

In Rome, you don’t have to look too far to find amazing art and architecture. It surrounds you. Trevi Fountain brings good luck, the home of the Roman Catholic Church St Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, high fashion on the Via dei Condotti, Piazza del Popolo, marvel at the Villa Borghese gardens, the magnificent Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, the iconic Colosseum and the Roman Forum, the Pantheon.

15 June 2014
Amsterdam, more than vice

When you think of Amsterdam, images like clogs, tulips, cheese and windmills spring to mind. But beyond the clichés lie unique sights. No visitor should miss out on a canal tour, see the Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum displays Van Gogh in all his moods, check out the old De Gooyer Windmill, Anne Frank House in the center of Amsterdam, take in the convivial atmosphere at Vondelpark, city view from NEMO Panorama terrace is amazing, definitely eat in one of Amsterdam’s best Indonesian restaurants and yes take a pick at the RL district.

12 June 2014
Partied like a rockstar in Stockholm

One of my favorite places in the world is Stockholm! Start off strolling through Djurgården a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city, walk along the waterside on Strandvägen in Östermalm,Gamla Stan is a massive tourist trap but there's a reason for it, find the coolest and most fashion-conscious Swedes on the planet in Södermalm, discover some Swedish ‘husmankost at Östermalms Saluhall, Ericsson SkyView for a 360 panorama, clubs and bars in Stureplan, Sverige's Kungahus, lounge on Långholmen, enjoy the world’s longest art exhibition in the Subway.


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