Deepak J.

Angel investor / advisor to startups; former VC

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Previously, Deepak was a generalist early stage investor at DNX investing at Seed and Series A stages in US. At DNX, he led or contributed to investments in companies building various product offerings (enterprise software, financial products and Hardware) across diverse industries (Travel, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Aerospace). Board roles included Uplift (travel focused online lending) and Haven (Cloud-based transportation management platform for ocean shipping). Prior to DNX, Deepak led marketing at EyeNetra, an early stage digital health startup, to launch a direct to consumer optometry service. Prior to EyeNetra, he helped incubate a drug delivery startup and build investment theses in broad areas of biotechnology and advanced materials at Flagship Ventures, a Boston-based early stage venture capital firm. Deepak joined Flagship Ventures after dropping out of the PhD program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a published scientist with articles in such journals as Nature. Deepak obtained his master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

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2018 - Apr 2021

DNX Ventures (fka Draper Nexus Ventures)

Principal

Generalist venture capital investor -- enterprise software, fintech, hardware and deeptech. Looking for founders raising their seed and Ser A for their B2B startup.

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Dec 2017 - Apr 2021

UpLift Inc.

Member of Board of Directors

Sourced and led investment process for DNX to lead Uplift's Ser B round in Q4 2017. Joined the board as part of the round. UpLift’s mission is to make travel more accessible, affordable and rewarding by enabling travel providers to offer flexible payments to their customers. UpLift Pay Monthly has been adopted by many top travel brands and can be found on the vacation package sites of United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines among others.

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Aug 2017 - Apr 2021

Haven

Member Board Of Directors

Led Ser A for Haven. Acquired by FourKites in 2021. End-to-end workflow for ocean shipping for high volume enterprise customers.

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Mar 2020 - Mar 2021

Banzai

Ser A Lead & Board Observer

Sourced and led investment process for DNX to lead Banzai's Ser A round. Joined the board as an observer as part of the round. About: Banzai is the easiest solution for field marketing teams to discover and market professional events. Banzai’s event marketing platform automates and simplifies event outreach, while driving more registrations and more engaged attendees.

Feb 2015 - 2018

Draper Nexus Venture Partners

Sr. Associate

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2013 - 2013

Flagship Ventures

Venturelabs Associate

Flagship Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm with $1.4B AUM. As part of Venturelabs, the startup incubation unit of Flagship Ventures, I created investment theses in multiple areas spanning advanced materials, energy, and biotechnology domains.

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May 2009 - Jul 2009

Tata Consultancy Services

Summer Analyst

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Science (M.S.)

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.)

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