Manoj Saxena

Executive Chairman

Cognitive Scale


Manoj Saxena is the Executive Chairman of Cognitive Scale and a successful serial entrepreneur who founded and sold two venture-backed software companies within a five- year span.

He is a Former Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio branch, and is founding Managing Director of The Entrepreneurs’ Fund IV, a $100M seed fund focused exclusively on cognitive computing.

Most recently, Manoj was the 1st General Manager of IBM Watson, where his team built the first cognitive systems. Manoj currently serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Communities In Schools, and the Saxena Family Foundation.

Holder of two U.S. patents for web services technologies. Saxena holds an MBA from Michigan State University, and a master’s in Management Sciences from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.  An avid racecar fan and owner of Saxena Racing, he has raced in a 2009 Porsche 911 GT3RS and a “rally prepped” 1971 Datsun 240z on five continents.