Tech executive and journalist Chitra Ragavan is joining the blockchain analytics firm Elementus as chief strategy officer. She most recently was the vice president of public affairs at the Chamber of Digital Commerce, billed as the world’s leading trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industry.
For more than a decade, Ragavan has advised mission-driven CEOs “on some of the most pressing problems confronting startups, including brand positioning, go-to-market strategy, fundraising narrative, investor and board relations, content strategy, leadership vacuum, cultural touch-points, and change management,” her website says.
Before founding her boutique startup advisory firm, Goodstory, she served as Chief Strategy Officer at Los Angeles-based crypto startup Gem. Before that, Ragavan served as senior counselor to the CEO of Palantir Technologies, the $20 billion data analytics unicorn based in Palo Alto. In that role, “she helped conceive, create and build the company’s philanthropy mission which became an important part of the company’s brand narrative,” as per her website. She also helped build several business verticals through her national security connections and her strategic and tactical initiatives.
Ragavan transitioned to the tech world after a successful career in broadcast journalism. She served as a correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR) and was the Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent at U.S. News and World Report magazine (U.S. News). She also served as an on-air correspondent and associate producer at Chicago public television (WTTW).
Ragavan hosted a special 10-part video and audio podcast series on cryptocurrency, called Running with Unicorns, giving beginner investors a unique lens into the crypto industry. This fall, she will launch a new tech podcast exploring how advances in technology will shape humanity. She currently hosts a critically acclaimed leadership podcast called When It Mattered, which forms the foundation of her leadership and podcast coaching.