In its continued commitment to increase entrepreneurship and industry-relevant training in the postdoctoral program at Stanford, AIMS is organizing a VC-postdocs mixer afternoon that will consist of informal meetings with VCs, private pitches, short lectures by VCs, networking and a light dinner. This is an incredible opportunity to informally meet VCs and fellow industry-minded postdocs.
Ilya Fushman (Koshla Ventures) and Andrew Chung (LightSpeed Venture Partners) will share their view of the VC world, describe current market trends, investment criteria and provide practical suggestions for postdocs thinking of starting their own company.
Interested postdocs are invited to register for the public event, or apply for a private pitch / meeting with VCs. Successful pitch applicants will be chosen based on suitability of background and idea. Therefore, candidates are advised to submit well-thought-out applications. Selected pitchers will be notified by June 10th. Funding for the event is provided by Khosla Ventures and LightSpeed Venture Partners.
Ilya Fushman, Principal at Khosla Ventures
Ilya's passion is to explore the frontiers of cutting-edge technology: from navigating quantum computing to digital media and to building the world's most efficient solar cell. Growing up in four countries gave Ilya a global and multi-cultural perspective and taught him to be open minded and inquisitive. After spending much of his career in academia, Ilya had a chance to dabble in entrepreneurship and was immediately hooked on the excitement of building teams and bringing new technologies to realization. At Khosla Ventures Ilya's goal is to enable the same experience for creative teams with disruptive ideas.
Prior to Khosla Ventures Ilya was the director of device design and data management at Solar Junction - a venture funded high-efficiency solar cell manufacturer, where he led the development efforts to create a world-record efficiency multi-junction solar cell and built web-based data management and productivity tools that accelerated the development. Alongside technology, Ilya developed business intelligence software and solar finance and market models.
Ilya holds a PhD in Applied Physics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he focused on quantum computing and semiconductor physics, as well as a few internet ventures. At Caltech, Ilya worked on single-molecule biophysics, microfluidics, computational fluid dynamics and numerical simulation methods.
In his spare time, Ilya enjoys skiing, food and wine, the outdoors and tinkers with web and mobile app development.
Andrew Chung, Principal at LightSpeed Venture Partners
Andrew is a Principal at Lightspeed and has helped lead the firm's entry into new areas of investment that include cleantech, education, genomics, and healthcare IT.
Prior to Lightspeed, Andrew worked at Bain Capital and TL Ventures, where he supported leveraged buyout and venture investments in software, semiconductors and healthcare. Previously, Andrew worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Greater China; co-founded and led operations for UberWorks (acq. by NWKC), an e-commerce content aggregation software startup incubated at Trilogy; and directed product management at OnStation, a CRM software company.
Andrew earned his BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrew chairs the Cleantech Advisory Board for The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), serves on the Advisory Board for Stanford Energy Crossroads, and is an advisor to the Clean Tech Open.