Dileep Rao, PhD

Portrait of Dileep Rao

Dileep Rao, PhD

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute



PhD in Business Administration
University of Minnesota

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
University of Bombay


For 23 years Rao was VP of financing and business development for a venture financing and development fund. As VP, he financed businesses and ventures using venture capital, leases, debt and subordinated debt; and bought five companies to turn around. They succeeded on four.

Since leaving the financing world, he has been consulting, writing, teaching, and hopefully thinking. He has also interviewed extremely successful entrepreneurs such as Glen Taylor and Bob Kierlin. Currently Rao is writing books about how to build giant businesses without capital.

Alternate Job Roles
Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship
Florida International University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

How to finance businesses for growth. How to grow businesses without financing.


  • Financing businesses
  • Growing businesses
  • Growing businesses without capital

M.S in Management of Technology

Advise governments (U.S./local); corporations (Medtronic; General Mills); development financiers, and entrepreneurs in innovation, new business growth and financing.

Currently Teaching Courses
Financial Management For Technology­ Based Organizations (MOT 8122)

Honors and Awards

Florida International University: Nine Awards for Teaching

Carlson School of Management: 3-Time Outstanding PT MBA Teacher of the Year

Carlson School of Management: Excellence in Teaching Award for 2008 


Blogger: Forbes.com 

Nothing Ventured, Everything Gained: How Entrepreneurs Create, Control & Retain Wealth WIthout Venture Capital

Handbook of Business Finance & Capital Sources (Co-Publisher: American Management Assn, NY)

Business Financing: 25 Keys To Raising Money (NY Times Pocket MBA Series)

Business Plan Intelligently®

Finance Any Business Intelligently™

Bootstrap to Billions™: Proven Rules from Entrepreneurs who Built Great Companies