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.
I'm the founder of Seeking Alpha. I led it for its first 10 years until 2015. Two years later, I returned to Seeking Alpha to run product, which is the aspect of my work as a founder I most loved. I started Seeking Alpha after working for five years as a technology research analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York. After I left, I wrote The ETF Investing Guide (which you can find by clicking on "Author's Picks" below), and some articles about individual stocks, and then started inviting other people to contribute to the website. Seeking Alpha is now the dominant crowdsourced platform for discussion of stocks and investing, and the only place with coverage of many mid and small cap stocks. I have a B.A from Oxford University and an MSc from The London School of Economics, and am married with five children.
Eclectic, long-term oriented investor with a background in telecom, media, insurance (health, life, P&C) and business services companies. Seeking to compound capital at above average rates for an extended period of time. Eager to connect and share views with like-minded investors.
I run a small, private long/short portfolio. I focus on long term value, with a full expectation of showing paper losses in the short-term. Agnostic on the topic of catalysts. Wary of false precision. Usually ignorant of quarterly results and analyst forecasts. Seeking durable insights on business models and industry trends, and general wisdom.
After 42 years in the construction industry as an IBEW inside wireman-electrician I feel fortunate to have a pension. I value all the insight from the contributors to this web site! With 300k in IRA's @Vanguard and 30k in joint acct,I hope to attempt some trading and options also. seeking alpha and advice mike