I am currently an independent consultant working on mobile, growth, and operations with a small handful of early-stage, venture-backed companies. Previously, I spent six (6) months as an EIR with Javelin Venture Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm investing in software startups for consumers and the enterprise, as well as in cloud technologies and infrastructure. Prior to this, I’ve held operational roles at Votizen and Rexly (acquired by Live Nation) and have also been an Official Columnist at TechCrunch since January 2011, where I write a weekly column on Sundays (“Iterations”) and run a weekly television show on Thursdays (“In the Studio),” where I host founders, operators, and seed-stage and venture capital investors in the TechCrunch TV Studios. I have written extensively on the forces changing high-technology venture capital, how the industry is transforming, and consumer-facing and enterprise IT technologies. For more information, please visit: blog.semilshah.com
“In the Studio” continues this week by welcoming a young founder, originally from Europe, who started tinkering with computers a decade ago, taught himself programming languages, began working and consulting while in high school, dropped out of college, bought a one-way ticket to Silicon Valley, and now, at the ripe age of 23, is the co-founder and CEO of a venture-backed startup.
“In the Studio” rolls into the fall months by hosting a jack of all startup trades, someone who has founded a company (and is CEO), but who also is extremely generous with his time as an advisor, coach, and storyteller to startups.
“In the Studio” enters Q4 by welcoming someone who picked up computer science because he was bored in college, went on to build products and bootstrapped businesses before eventually packing his bags and heading out west, where he landed at one of the Valley’s most talented startups and eventually met his future co-founder for his next business.
“In the Studio” welcomes this week a seasoned operational executive, a board member at some of the Valley’s largest companies, and long-time angel investor who, upon leaving behind his work in industry became so interested in early-stage startups, he not only started his own seed-stage technology fund, but also elected to put his own personal twist on his model.
“In the Studio” continues after last week’s Disrupt conference by hosting a guest who, after various stints in finance, venture capital, and at one of the Valley’s storied Internet companies, joined a small but scrappy early-stage venture firm that, in the past few years, has grown into its successes and pioneered new approaches to investing in young technology companies.
“In the Studio” taped a special segment this weekend during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, welcoming backstage an engineer, PhD dropout, entrepreneur, founder, and long-time investor in enterprise IT to talk about current trends in the space.
“In the Studio” welcomes this week a first-time entrepreneur who, after years of academic research at two of the world’s finest universities, years of industrial research at some of America’s most storied technology companies, and years of applied research at one of Silicon Valley’s tech giants, has finally broken through on his own, co-founding a high-growth company that recently emerged from… → Read More
“In the Studio” kicks off the fall season by hosting a data scientist who, originally trained in mathematics and physics, worked his way through the Valley through a variety of analytics and research engineering positions before landing a spot in one of the consumer web’s most data-driven companies.
“In the Studio” closes out the summer months by hosting a repeat entrepreneur who started his first two companies right after college, both of which grew to modest sizes before imploding, and after moving to the Valley about five years ago to work as a product manager at a small venture-backed company, had an insight about the e-commerce potential of Facebook that led to his current company.
“In the Studio” continues this week by hosting a venture capitalist who, after earning degrees in electrical engineering and management science, went on to assume a number of engineering roles in industry, such as designing, marketing, and selling software, before he ended up on the other side of the table, scouring the earth for and investing in tools and services he wish he had at his disposal… → Read More
“In the Studio” continues this week by welcoming a computer science student from UT-Austin, originally from India, who began his career in industry at Trilogy and then, upon moving to Silicon Valley after the first bubble, took on roles at Oracle and Aster Data (where he was VP Engineering) before reuniting with a former colleague to cofound his first company, which could be one of the… → Read More
“In the Studio” rolls into the dog days of summer by welcoming a guest who, originally trained in computer science, went on to found a large consumer website, worked in venture capital on Sand Hill Road, and after helping out his would-be business partner learn the ropes of “hacking” the fundraising process, set out on a journey to build what a platform for startup investing and other related… → Read More
“In the Studio” opens its doors this week to an entrepreneur who once founded a nonprofit charter management organization for schools in California, spent a summer in management consulting, and eventually stumbled upon a case study experiment in school that gave rise to founding his current startup.
“In the Studio” continues this week by welcoming a technologist, entrepreneur, and investor who has, over the years, leveraged his work in core imaging and computer vision to discover, help create, and eventually commercialize a range of technologies, many of which have focused around the camera, especially on mobile phones.
“In the Studio” this week features someone who has taken on early product roles at many of the web’s definition social networking companies in the Valley, honing his craft for the last decade before packing his bags for the journey to Sand Hill Road, where he and his colleagues invest in the types of companies he’s helped build.
“In the Studio” this week welcomes a guest who has started and built both bootstrapped and ventured-backed businesses, who has tirelessly helped and coached hundreds of founders and early-stage teams on everything from fundraising to marketing to customer acquisition (and more) all the while he builds his own business as a co-founder of a company many startups and web companies rely on for… → Read More
“In the Studio” barrels through the summer months by welcoming a hacker from the rustbelt, a former mobile lead at a company acquired by the world’s largest social network, and now, having relocated to the Bay Area, leads mobile and design efforts for one of the Valley’s great web development platforms.
“In the Studio” enters the summer months by inviting a former YouTube and Google product engineer, who then spent a “gap year” with Kleiner Perkins meeting with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and cooking up his own next move in the Valley.
“In the Studio” opens its doors this week to an entrepreneur who co-founded, built, and sold his two startups to large technology companies, then teamed up with his co-founding partner to invest their own capital in startups, which provided the basis for their current institutional angel fund and an impressive, diverse array of seed stage investments in consumer technology and… → Read More
“In the Studio” this week features a guest who had the presence of mind to invest in a new mapping technology about a decade ago, eventually joined the company as a senior executive, and oversaw that company’s sale to Google, where he spent four years managing enterprise products for Google Earth and Maps before becoming a full-time early-stage investor.