Semil Shah

Semil Shah

Semil Shah is a venture advisor at Bullpen Capital and GGV Capital as well as an investor through a small fund called Haystack. He was previously involved in mobile product development, marketing, and distribution at Swell while working as a formal paid consultant to a variety of venture capital firms, focused on deal evaluation, due diligence, marketing, and special operations.

Shah is also a public speaker, an official contributor to TechCrunch, and TV show host for “In The Studio.” He also writes for Haywire and produces interviews to be aired on iTunes. Before moving to the Valley in 2010, Shah helped start a life sciences company (MegaCell Therapeutics) in Boston, wrote for Harvard Business Review, and worked for Harvard University and a non-profit organization. He was also employed as a cook at Bi-Rite Market and professional bartender in New York City.

CrunchBase profile →

Featured Picks from Semil Shah


Latest from Semil Shah

  • “In The Studio,” GGV’s Glenn Solomon Discusses Growth Investing And China

    “In The Studio,” GGV’s Glenn Solomon Discusses Growth Investing And China

    “In The Studio” rolls on this week by welcoming an experienced international venture capitalist who has spent time within the storied firms of Wall Street while also participating on a three-time national tennis championship team in college before helping guide his current firm into some of the best growth-stage deals in the Valley and guiding many companies as they expand into China. Read More

  • Iterations: Silicon Valley Slowly Awakens To Android (On Samsung)

    Iterations: Silicon Valley Slowly Awakens To Android (On Samsung)

    When the iPhone launched in 2007, Jobs proclaimed when it came to phones, Apple was likely, at that time, five years ahead of the competition. Well, those five years are up, and all of a sudden, as if on cue, many of the Valley’s smartest technology minds and observers have begun to slowly split up their attention between their primary mobile devices (iPhones) and the most recent… Read More

  • “In The Studio,” Academia.edu’s Richard Price Is A Founder On A Mission

    “In The Studio,” Academia.edu’s Richard Price Is A Founder On A Mission

    “In The Studio” continues this week by welcoming a former Oxford PhD student who, upon completing his long education, ended up in San Francisco, toyed with a few web ideas, eventually was so inspired by an idea, based in part to his experience in a PhD program, that he found his passion and founded his first real startup. Richard Price had an interesting path to be on this show. Read More

  • Iterations: Graph Search, In Theory And In Practice

    Iterations: Graph Search, In Theory And In Practice

    The biggest news in consumer technology this week was created by Facebook. The social network’s new product – “Graph Search” – was the subject of an international press event where analysts initially speculated on all new things, from a Facebook partnership on the scale of Spotify or even their own phone. There were a lot of posts about Graph Search. Facebook is… Read More

  • In the Studio: Pietro Dova

    “In The Studio,” XG Ventures’ Pietro Dova Prefers To Fly Under The Radar

    “In the Studio” welcomes a quiet, unassuming early-stage company veteran who has been through the ups and downs of Valley startups before landing at a certain search engine around the year 2000, after which he spent nearly seven years in various finance leadership roles and helped steer the company to its blockbuster public offering. Pietro Dova, now a Managing Partner at XG… Read More

  • Iterations: Lessons We Can Draw From Cherry

    Iterations: Lessons We Can Draw From Cherry

    Every week, it seems, a new marketplace or services business is born. Some of the hottest companies of 2012 — after photo-sharing apps, of course — were online and/or mobile marketplace- or services-based companies, pioneered by the likes of Uber, for instance, and all the way to a newer company (with a common investor) to help you find someone to watch your four-legged friends… Read More

  • “In The Studio,” Kaggle’s Anthony Goldbloom Is Building A New Kind Of Marketplace

    “In The Studio,” Kaggle’s Anthony Goldbloom Is Building A New Kind Of Marketplace

    “In the Studio” this week welcomes a former economist who worked for his country’s treasury department and reserve bank, a former intern with The Economist Group, and by way of his very unique company bio page, a former windsurfer and kiteboarder who is now settled in San Francisco and the founder and CEO of one of the most interesting data companies I’ve come across. Read More

  • Iterations: Traction Capital

    Iterations: Traction Capital

    There are many misconceptions about technology-focused venture capital out there. One timeless misconception is that venture capital is monolithic. By now, given the attention driving the tech scene and the age of celebrity investors, we all have a better understanding of how an investor’s tastes can range between sectors and stages. And, when it comes to consumer-facing products and… Read More

  • “In The Studio,” Timehop’s Jonathan Wegener Talks Mobile Growth

    “In The Studio,” Timehop’s Jonathan Wegener Talks Mobile Growth

    “In The Studio” kicks off its second season and 2013 by welcoming an entrepreneur with an eclectic past, ranging from time as a lab assistant, media strategist, business development manager, and consultant to many NYC startups until he and a college friend stumbled upon what could be a big idea during a short hackathon and who, ever since, have been slowly growing their addictive… Read More

  • Iterations: It’s Early Innings For Digital Pictures

    Iterations: It’s Early Innings For Digital Pictures

    In the few years I’ve been in Silicon Valley, if someone asked me to sum up — in one word — what defined and dominated consumer technology applications during that time, I’d have no choice but to answer: “Photos.” Now, it’s easy for others to sit back and roll their eyes at the thought of it. “Why not solve big problems?,” an aggravated… Read More

  • “In The Studio,” How Patrick Collison Guides Stripe In The Competitive Payments World

    “In The Studio,” How Patrick Collison Guides Stripe In The Competitive Payments World

    Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is an EIR with Javelin Venture Partners and is a contributor to TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. “In the Studio” closes out its inaugural year by welcoming the young CEO of one of the web’s hottest startups who, before his current breakthrough, immigrated from Ireland, dropped out of MIT, founded and sold his first company… Read More

  • Iterations: “A Warby Parker For [Blank]” And Consumer Product Reinvention

    Iterations: “A Warby Parker For [Blank]” And Consumer Product Reinvention

    A few years ago, when I was going back and forth to India for work, I’d routinely carry with me the eye prescriptions and a few old frames for some of my family members in the States. They didn’t want to pay local prices in the States because they knew the deal back home — for a small fraction of the cost, they could get their new prescriptions and probably a couple of… Read More

  • “In The Studio,” Bullpen Capital Anticipated Todays Series A Crunch Years Ago

    “In The Studio,” Bullpen Capital Anticipated Todays Series A Crunch Years Ago

    “In the Studio” welcomes it’s first two-guest show ever by hosting two long-time Valley veterans, former founders, investors, seed fund LPs, and executives who, most recently, had the presence of mind to anticipate an investment trend and build an entire investment business around it, ahead of the curve. For Paul Martino and Rich Melmon, both managing directors at Bullpen… Read More

  • Iterations: Google Challenges Apple At The iOS Application Layer

    Iterations: Google Challenges Apple At The iOS Application Layer

    Back in September 2011, a full year before the iPhone 5, I wrote an post here speculating, mostly for fun, how Facebook could approach the iOS platform by using a federated strategy to separate their core offerings into single-use apps across Apple’s App Store. Of course, this didn’t happen, though Facebook has a separate app for private messages (Messenger, through the acquisition… Read More

  • “In the Studio,” Tintri’s Kieran Harty Brings Virtualized Storage To The Enterprise

    “In the Studio,” Tintri’s Kieran Harty Brings Virtualized Storage To The Enterprise

    “In the Studio” approaches the end of 2012 by welcoming the type of entrepreneur that doesn’t end up in the tech blogs very often, if ever, as they’re generally working on technologies that most of us would never fully understand and, given the stakes, spend the first few years of initial development in stealth mode for fear of being scooped by the… Read More

  • Iterations: The Unbundling Potential Of Apple’s Passbook

    Iterations: The Unbundling Potential Of Apple’s Passbook

    This post is about Apple’s Passbook. It’s not about mobile wallets, or Google Wallet, or Square, or anything else. I realize the space is vast and dynamic, but I only have an iPhone, and I’m here to write about Passbook. With that disclaimer out of the way, I’d like to share some thoughts about Passbook, a thesis I’ve developed around “cards vs. apps,”… Read More

  • In The Studio With Ross Fubini

    “In the Studio,” Canaan’s Ross Fubini Brings An Engineer’s Mind To Sand Hill Road

    “In the Studio” begins to wind down the year by hosting someone who can lay claim to the following roles — developer, engineer, CTO, VP of Engineering, and founder — and now, after a few years of angel and seed investing, has moved down to Sand Hill Road as a partner at a large venture firm. You may not notice on first glance, but Ross Fubini has racked up a diverse set… Read More

  • Iterations: Let’s Hear From Developers In “The War For Talent”

    Iterations: Let’s Hear From Developers In “The War For Talent”

    Over the past few years, I’ve helped a small handful friends move from one gig to another. It’s a highly personal process, and I’m not a “recruiting expert.” Generally, in my limited experience, it often takes many conversations even before a close friend opens up about their desire to move or try something new. The motivations for each change are so different. Read More

  • “In The Studio,” Fortune’s Dan Primack Dissects The State Of Venture Capital

    “In The Studio,” Fortune’s Dan Primack Dissects The State Of Venture Capital

    “In the Studio” turns the corner into the winter months by welcoming a career finance journalist with a widely-read and often-cited daily email newsletter and, in my opinion, is the single best writer covering venture capital and private equity today. Fortune’s Dan Primack has been covering the world of private equity and venture capital for over a decade. His work speaks… Read More

  • Iterations: Collective Wisdom

    Iterations: Collective Wisdom

    Recently, while traveling, I came across a “traditional print business magazine” and read it on the plane. It had nothing to do with startups, so it felt novel. There was one segment in the magazine where the editors solicited a few business leaders to share the most important advice they’ve ever received, and I found it to be unexpectedly powerful. So, I decided to try it… Read More

  1. ...
  2. 4
  3. 5
  4. 6
  5. ...