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Salil Deshpande

BS '89

Managing Director
Bain Capital Ventures (Palo Alto, CA)

Salil focuses on software infrastructure, open source, middleware and enterprise software. Prior to BCV Salil spent seven years as General Partner at Bay Partners, where he invested approximately $85M into 20 companies including DynaTrace application performance management acquired by Compuware, Buddy Media platform for brands to engage with customers on social media acquired by Salesforce.com, SpringSource open source acquired by VMware, Engine Yard open source, Platform as a Service, Mulesoft open source, cloud and enterprise integration, Lending Club peer to peer lending, G2One open source, Groovy, Grails acquired by SpringSource, Sonatype open source, software component management, Jambool virtual currencies for social graphs acquired by Google, Covestor marketplace for hedge fund managers, FantasyBook fantasy sports apps on Facebook acquired by Citizen Sports, now part of Yahoo, and Vaxart oral vaccine platform. Salil also served as board member at Tealeaf customer experience management acquired by IBM. Salil&rsquos numerous angel investments include ZeroTurnaround making Java faster, and Datastax the Cassandra NoSQL database.

Prior to Bay, Salil was founder and CEO of Customware, a CORBA middleware company acquired by Visigenic, now part of Micro Focus, co-founder and CEO of The Middleware Company, a Java middleware company acquired by Precise, now part of Symantec, and of TheServerSide.com network of developer media sites acquired by TechTarget. Salil held technical leadership positions at several technology companies including Sun Microsystems, and taught summer courses at Stanford University.

During his years as an irreverent entrepreneur, he often wondered what went on &ldquoin those little VC brains.&rdquo Therefore as a venture investor, he tries to be honest and transparent about what he is trying to accomplish, respects entrepreneurs&rsquo time by working hard and doing his homework, and openly discussing the merits of ideas or strategies, as a foundation for long term relationships.

Salil received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Salil loves playing sports both real and fantasy with his 12 year old son, and enjoys the challenge of trying to convince his teenage daughter that he's still cool and relevant.

A sampling of some amusing things written by and about Salil:

Salil Deshpande on the jump to Bain,
Open source and the floorboard theory of software,
Spring is the New JavaEE,
No Adjectives Please,
Forbes: #71 on The Midas List,
Fixing Marc Andreessen&rsquos bugs,
Forbes: Would you become an entrepreneur again?,
Who Were The First 25 Angels on AngelList,
Middleware is Alive and Well Thanks,
Facebook should behave like a platform company,
Spring and Grails belong together,
Cultural Phenomena are Worth a Billion Dollars