BIO OF DR EKTA DANG (CEO AND FOUNDER, U FIRST CAPITAL)
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Dr Ekta Dang has been a successful Investor, 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. She is also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the University of California San Diego Chancellor's office and on the Grants Approval Committee of the University of California Davis. 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.
BIO OF DR SANJIT SINGH DANG (CHAIRMAN AND CO-FOUNDER, U FIRST CAPITAL)
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 had an excellent track record of driving 1 Exit every year: 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 Hillary Clinton'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 Eng 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, TiECon, ShopTalk, McKinsey Leadership Summit, Silicon Valley Open Doors, Global AI conference. 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.
DESCRIPTION OF U FIRST CAPITAL
U First Capital is a Silicon Valley-based Venture Capital firm that brings a unique mix of strong Technology Background (both Founders have technical PhDs), deep Network with VCs and top Entrepreneurs (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 clients include DowDupont (Fortune 50 Corporation), Ricoh (large Japanese Corporation), a multi-national Telecommunications Company, FedEx Institute, etc.
Corporations are increasingly looking for growth areas from external innovation, and hence creating new Venture Capital funds. U First Capital is uniquely positioned in this market via its Venture Capital as a Service model under which it creates a dedicated investment fund for each Corporation. This delivers high strategic value to the Corporation while bringing top-notch financial returns. It helps Corporations with the creation and management of these Venture Capital funds.
U First Capital co-Founder and Chairman Sanjit Dang has had an excellent track record of driving one M&A or IPO Exit every year at Intel Capital: DocuSign (IPO 2018), Body Labs (Acquired by Amazon in 2017), and VokeVR (Acquired by Intel in 2016).
U First Capital has a solid industry advisory board consisting of several top Venture Capitalists and Executives from Fortune 500 Corporations. U First Capital also has a rich pool of University Advisors from top global schools.