Software has had an amazing decade, as it has transitioned from desktop computers into the cloud & onto smartphones. The next decade will focus on software making an even more important jump: moving beyond the screen & into the real world around us.
In his talk,Sunil Nagarajwill explore how software is beginning to animate, understand & navigate the real world with profound implications.Using examples ranging from hospital robots to rocket engines to dairy cows, he will explain how powerful this shift will be to our daily lives & our global economies.He will touch on how the software engineering toolchain (APIs, scrum, object-oriented programming, over-the-air updates, etc.) has been perfected for computer software & how this powerful software development paradigm is being applied conceptually & tactically to enable smart hardware in the real world. He will also cover several applications of the machine learning branch of software & its ability to connect the dots & navigate our complex physical world.
Sunil Nagarajis Managing Partner ofUbiquity Ventures, a seed-stage institutional venture capital firm that invests in software beyond the screen startups. This includes companies leveraging smart hardware & machine intelligence to bring software into the real world, not just on computers & smartphones.
Prior to founding Ubiquity Ventures, Sunil spent six years as a venture capitalist with Bessemer Venture Partners where his work included investments in Auth0, Defense.Net (acquired by F5 Networks), Rocket Lab, Spire, Tile, Twitch (acquired by Amazon), & Zapier. Prior to being an investor, Sunil was founder/CEO of Triangulate, a VC-backed online dating startup using machine learning & behavioral data to improve accuracy. He has also worked at Bain & Company, Cisco, & Microsoft.
Sunil holds an MBA from Harvard Business School & a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves on several non-profit boards: NextGen Partners (a Bay Area VC networking organization), Astronomical Society of the Pacific (as Vice President), & the Harvard Business School California Research Center. He is also an Alumni Advisor to the Harvard MS/MBA program.