“Dream big. Start small. Persevere.”
Vijay brings over a decade of inception and early-stage investing experience in AI and deeptech, from Clear Ventures and Intel Capital. He had a front-row seat to the rise of AI when neural networks first beat human benchmarks in vision, speech and language. Vijay has invested across the AI stack from silicon, systems, infrastructure software, data, middleware & tools and applications. Some of his past investments include SambaNova, DataRobot, Lilt, Landing.ai, Hypersonix, Joby (NYSE: Joby), BabbleLabs (Acquired by Cisco) and AEye (Nasdaq: LIDR).
As a former R&D engineer, Vijay enjoys collaborating with leading technical innovators and researchers who are leveraging bold, disruptive ideas with extreme clarity of purpose to build best in class companies. He takes a founder-first and team-oriented approach and works tirelessly with inception stage entrepreneurs to achieve product market fit and help them scale rapidly.
Vijay began his career as an entrepreneur when he co-founded his first startup after dropping out of his PhD program. He has also held several senior Business Development and Product Development roles at Broadcom and Intel where he was hired into the Accelerated Leadership Program, designed to groom the next generation of leaders.
A Kauffman Fellow, Vijay received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has a BS & MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering with top honors from University of California, Irvine.