I am a Partner at Lux Capital, based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. I partner with and invest in entrepreneurs working on big, bold, brave ideas in Technology, Energy and Healthcare.
Previously I was an investor at General Catalyst Partners in Boston, MA where I invested in companies like CyPhy Works (flying robots/UAVs), GridCo (grid automation), SynapDx (medical diagnostics), Arc Energy (semiconductor equipment), SunBorne (solar) and CleaResult (energy efficiency). I am passionate about student entrepreneurship and co-founded RoughDraft.vc, a venture firm focused on student startups, am a founding Board member of StartLabs.org, and co-founded the annual University Research and Entrepreneurship Symposium. I was a co-founder of GEO2 Technologies, an advanced materials company that also spun out Bio2 Technologies, and was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.
I have a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (under Prof. Mario Molina – Nobel laureate, 1995) and my technical work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and 30+ patents & applications. I was also a visiting scientist at PNNL/DOE Labs.
I grew up in a middle class family in Karachi, Pakistan. I dedicate some time/effort towards the promotion of education (especially higher education). I was also a member of the core founding team of LUMS School of Science and Engineering and consulted to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
I speak frequently on university campuses and in media/conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship and the dream of changing the world.
-Entrepreneurship, company building
-Big, audacious ideas
-Early stage, technology intensive companies
-Technology, Energy, Healthcare
-Partner at Lux Capital in Palo Alto, CA
-Principal at General Catalyst Partners in Cambridge, MA
-co-founder of GEO2 Technologies that also spun out Bio2 Technologies.
-Strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group
-Children: Ayla & Zaid
-Family comes first. Friends are also family.
-Love cricket, skiing, squash, social networking, ethnic food, warm weather.
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