Arjun Dutt ’07
SVP at Purchasing Platform
Arjun Dutt ’07, is currently the SVP of Customer Operations and Product Strategy at Purchasing Platform, a Chicago based B2B marketplace focused on under-served sectors of the real estate industry. Arjun’s focus is on developing scalable processes and enhancing productivity of critical functions tied to customer lifecycle. He also leads product strategy for the firm, overseeing the product management and product marketing functions.
Most recently, Arjun was the CEO of Semantify, the world’s first AI powered cognitive search and analytics engine for enterprise data. He oversaw the long-term corporate strategy, including funding, and guided the firm through an exit in early 2019.
Prior to this role, Arjun worked for Chicago based Fieldglass, which was acquired in 2015 by SAP for $1.1B, making it the first unicorn exit in Chicago history. During his 9 year tenure, Arjun held various entrepreneurial roles, including innovating the very first customer success management team, as well as establishing and leading operations in Europe for Fieldglass’ EMEA expansion, based in London. He also oversaw the creation of the in-house strategy group, which used big data analytics to drive the delivery of innovative new products and services. As a seasoned public speaker, he was one of the lead spokespersons for Fieldglass at conferences, webinars, analysts, and more.
Arjun is deeply involved in the Chicago startup scene, investing in and advising entrepreneurs and startups in various stages of growth. Arjun uses his experience to regularly consult with startups on their product marketing and growth strategies. He is active in Chicago philanthropy, and is heavily focused on climate change, conservation and environment impact as part of his involvement with the John G. Shedd Aquarium.
Arjun graduated from CMC in 2007 with a BA in Psychology. During his time on campus, he was actively involved with ASCMC all four years, including serving as the ASCMC CTO from 2005-2007, and was a founding member of the Information Technology Advisory Board (ITAB) and the co-founder of the annual Silicon Valley Networking Trip. Arjun serves on the Boards of the Kravis Leadership Institute and the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE), is one of the leads for President Chodosh’s Chicago Leadership Group.