Deena Shakir is a associate at Lux Capital, the place she appears to be like to put money into applied sciences which are streamlining analog industries whereas additionally bettering lives and livelihoods. Among the businesses she has backed, for instance, are Shiru, which is leveraging computational design to create enhanced proteins to assist feed the world; and AllStripes, which aggregates and analyzes medical data, then sells the de-identified knowledge to pharma firms to assist them develop medicines.
It’s not a shock that Shakir is centered on empowering folks. Shakir’s father is a psychiatrist and as she once told us, “for a hot minute, I thought I was going to be a doctor myself.” Instead, after attending Harvard, then Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, she wound up working for the State Department in the course of the Obama administration, then headed to Google. She would keep for the subsequent seven years, spending the final of them with GV, Google’s enterprise unit. There, her work revolved partly round a few of the various protein firms in GV’s portfolio. Then, in 2019, she was poached by Lux.
Indeed, whereas Shakir may need as soon as imagined working with folks on a person foundation, she has turn out to be an more and more sought-after investor in startup groups, which is why we couldn’t be extra excited that she’s in a position to be part of us this yr for TechCrunch Disrupt. Specifically, we’re thrilled that Shakir will likely be judging our Startup Battlefield competitors, the centerpiece of Disrupt yearly and oftentimes a life-changing occasion for the successful crew — and sometimes runners-up, too. Consider that previous winners embrace Vurb, Dropbox, Mint and Yammer, whereas runner-up Cloudflare presently boasts a market cap of $26 billion.
It’s as a result of we take the competitors — and our report thus far — so severely that we’re exceedingly grateful to savvy traders like Shakir, who ask the precise questions, and make the robust selections when it comes time to determine which groups to maneuver alongside.
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