Salil Deshpande is Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures and has invested $150 million over nine years into 32 companies, mostly open source and software infrastructure, and mostly early, such as Redis Labs (the Redis NoSQL database), Hazelcast (in-memory computing platform for Java), DataStax (the Cassandra NoSQL database), Iron.io (lambda architectures), Typesafe (the Scala language; Akka and Play frameworks for Java), ZeroTurnaround (tools for Java developers), MuleSoft (integration), Buddy Media (social media marketing platform), SpringSource (Java app servers), Dynatrace (application performance management), Dropcam (wifi webcams with cloud DVR), Aria Systems (ERP for recurring revenue businesses), Vaxart (oral vaccines), Junglee Games (real-money gaming in India), and Lending Club (P2P lending). Salil previously worked for Sun Microsystems on CORBA, taught summer courses at Stanford University, and started three companies.
Starting as a summer intern in 1978, Kirk worked for 20 as a scientist and engineer at Hewlett Packard's research and development department (R&D) designing solid state devices and components for optical communication. While he was at HP, Kirk invested ten to twenty percent per year of his salary. He made some mistakes early on (starting with paying high fees for "expert" advice that under performed) but soon he learned to invest his own money well enough to afford a life of "semi-retirement" to work for himself. In a way, since leaving HP in 1998, Kirk became his own "angel investor" using his his own money and investing success to finance his lifestyle in Los Altos, California to invest in a new career on the internet helping others do the same. More at http://kirklindstrom.com/About.html
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