Lux Capital hires Zavain Dar as a senior associate

Lux Capital has hired Zavain Dar as a senior associate in its Palo Alto office. Dar will focus on identifying and leading seed and early-stage technology investments and working with emerging entrepreneurs. Zavain was previously an investor at Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.

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Lux Capital, a leading venture capital firm, today announced that Zavain Dar had joined the firm as a Senior Associate in its Palo Alto office. He will focus on identifying and leading seed and early-stage technology investments and working with emerging entrepreneurs.

“We’re excited to bring on Zavain to our investment team,” said Peter Hebert, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Lux Capital. “He’s extremely bright, passionate, creative and has strong instincts for identifying both new technologies on the boundaries of multiple disciplines and great entrepreneurs behind them. Lux has seen extraordinary new investment opportunities based entirely on innovation at the intersection of bits and atoms, the physical and digital worlds.”

“Lux has a unique approach to investing in and building companies that I really admire,” said Dar. “Whether its 3D imaging/printing, satellite data, real-world analytics, or machine learning, I look forward to working with new entrepreneurs and special opportunities.”

Zavain was previously an investor at Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, where he invested and worked with companies like Zymergen, Caspida, HumanAPI, Coins.ph, and Blockstream. He authored the firm’s theses in a wide range of fields including Genetics, Synthetic Biology, and Bitcoin. Prior to Innovation Endeavors he was an early employee at Discovery Engine, acquired by Twitter, where he engineered machine learning and data science approaches across distributed systems to build web scale ranking algorithms for next generation search. He was also a founder of Fountainhop, one of the first hyper-local social networks. Zavain attended Stanford University where he holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and an M.S. in Theoretical Computer Science. He is also an adjunct instructor at Stanford University, recently teaching the first Cryptocurrency class offered from any top-25 school.

About Lux Capital

Lux Capital is a leading venture firm focused on founding, seed and early stage investments in emerging technologies. Lux takes an active role in helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses in Energy, Life Sciences and Technology. The Lux investment team has founded more than 20 companies from scratch, including Caliper, Genocea, Illumina, Kala, Kurion, Lux Research, Nanosys, Neurocrine Biosciences, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. For more information please visit www.luxcapital.com