U First Capital is a Silicon Valley-based Venture Capital firm created by Founders who have a unique mix of Technology Background (both Founders have technical PhDs), deep Network (over 35 years of combined experience in Silicon Valley), and Immense Experience in driving Investments as a Corporate Venture Capital arm at Intel Capital. U First Capital's Advisors are General Partners from top VC Firms and CxOs from Fortune 500 Corporations.
EKTA DANG, PHD
CEO and Founder
Dr Ekta Dang has been a successful Corporate Executive, Speaker and Writer in Silicon Valley for almost two decades. She is currently the Founder and CEO of U First Capital which provides Venture Capital as a Service to mid-size and large Corporations. Ekta has solid experience both in Venture Capital and on Operating side at Intel. She has driven investment deals in several areas (eCommerce, Security, IoT, etc). She is a seasoned Industry Executive with over 15 years of experience in Product, Business Development and Venture Capital. She brings a stellar network from the Venture Capital and Corporate world to the startups. She is a startup enthusiast and is a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Google Launchpad, etc.
She has been a member of Hillary Clinton's Technology Policy Advisory Committee. She is an invited Speaker at several top Venture Capital/Startup conferences, like TiECon, Silicon Valley Open Doors, etc. She has a PhD in Physics and is a graduate of UC Berkeley Haas School's Venture Capital program. She has published several research papers in IEEE and other reputed international journals.
SANJIT SINGH DANG, PHD
Chairman and Co-Founder
Dr Sanjit Singh Dang has been a successful Venture Capitalist, Corporate Executive, Board Member, Speaker and Writer in Silicon Valley for almost two decades. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman of U First Capital. They provide Venture Capital as a Service to Corporations by bringing Startups, University IP, etc in the Corporate's specific areas of interest (dedicated model). Prior to that, he was at Intel Capital where he led Venture Capital investments in Enterprise Software. Sanjit has an excellent track record of driving 1 Exit every year: Pinterest (IPO 2019), DocuSign (IPO 2018), Body Labs (AI startup, Acquired by Amazon in 2017 within 2 years of leading Series A investment), Voke (Acquired by Intel in 2016 within 7 months of leading Series A investment), Maginatics (Acquired by EMC in 2015 within 1 year of leading investment) and Basis Science (Acquired by Intel in 2014 within 1 year of investment). He has been an Investor and on the Board of several companies, including True Fit (AI for eCommerce, Raised $100M), Reflektion (AI recommendation for eCommerce, Raised $42M), Helpshift (AI-driven Customer Service, Raised $38M) and Enlighted (Smart Lighting, Acquired by Siemens in 2018). He is also an investor in Mirantis (Cloud Computing, raised >$100M), GoodData (SaaS Business Intelligence, raised over $100M) and Arcadia Data (Big Data 2.0, Raised $26M).
Sanjit has been on US Govt's Tech/Innovation Policy Advisory team. He is on Advisory Council of UN’s World Artificial Intelligence Organization. He has also been on University of California President's Innovation Council. Sanjit has the fastest Engineering PhD from University of Illinois (2yrs 9mo after undergrad), which he received in 2000 with top research awards. He also attended the VC Executive program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He’s an invited Speaker at several top conferences, eg SURGE/WebSummit, Venture Summit West, TiECon, Collision, ShopTalk, McKinsey Leadership Summit, Silicon Valley Open Doors, Global AI conference, etc. He’s a mentor at Stanford and Berkeley’s Entrepreneurship programs.
Sanjit has over a decade of Exec leadership experience in Product Design, Business Development and Strategy across several domains: Big Data, Natural Language Processing, 3D Camera/Apps, Supply-Chain Analytics and Flash Memory. He has managed $2Bill/year accounts and executed >30 partnership deals in $100M-$2Bill range. Always striving to be ahead of the curve, Sanjit worked on Big Data Analytics before industry created the term 'Big Data'. Similarly, he launched 2 online courses during graduate school in 1999 and published iconic papers on learnings, way before the MOOC revolution started.