Deena Shakir is a accomplice at Lux Capital, the place she seems to spend money on applied sciences which are streamlining analog industries whereas additionally enhancing lives and livelihoods. Among the many corporations 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 information, then sells the de-identified information to pharma corporations to assist them develop medicines.
It’s not a shock that Shakir is concentrated on empowering individuals. Shakir’s father is a psychiatrist and as she as soon as instructed us, “for a sizzling minute, I believed I used to be going to be a physician myself.” As an alternative, after attending Harvard, then Georgetown’s Faculty of Overseas Service, she wound up working for the State Division through the Obama administration, then headed to Google. She would keep for the following seven years, spending the final of them with GV, Google’s enterprise unit. There, her work revolved partially round a number of the various protein corporations in GV’s portfolio. Then, in 2019, she was poached by Lux.
Certainly, whereas Shakir might need as soon as imagined working with individuals on a person foundation, she has turn into an more and more sought-after investor in startup groups, which is why we couldn’t be extra excited that she’s capable of be part of us this yr for ahosti Disrupt. Particularly, we’re thrilled that Shakir might be judging our Startup Battlefield competitors, the centerpiece of Disrupt yearly and oftentimes a life-changing occasion for the profitable workforce — and infrequently runners-up, too. Think about that previous winners embrace Vurb, Dropbox, Mint and Yammer, whereas runner-up Cloudflare at the moment boasts a market cap of $38 billion.
It’s as a result of we take the competitors — and our report thus far — so significantly that we’re exceedingly grateful to savvy buyers like Shakir, who ask the fitting questions, and make the powerful selections when it comes time to resolve which groups to maneuver alongside.
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