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Supporting founders who are shaping
the future

Scaling Deep Tech is hard. First Spark Ventures is comprised of an interdisciplinary team to help founders throughout their entire journey.

Danny Chen

Danny Chen

General Partner
Manish Kothari, Ph.D.

Manish Kothari, Ph.D.

Founding Managing Partner
Todd Meister

Todd Meister

Founding General Partner
Peter Olcott, Ph.D.

Peter Olcott, Ph.D.

Principal
Peter Richards

Peter Richards

Founding General Partner
Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.

Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.

Strategic Advisor & Founding Non-Managing Partner
Aaron Sisto, Ph.D.

Aaron Sisto, Ph.D.

Partner
Gal Treger

Gal Treger

General Partner
Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu

Principal
Haitao Zhu, Ph.D.

Haitao Zhu, Ph.D.

Partner

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institution

Formerly Stanford Research Institute, SRI International is a leading scientific research institute with labs across biosciences, AI, robotics, advanced imaging, computer vision, and cyber and formal methods. SRI's pioneering 75 years of innovation have created new industries, billions of dollars in market value, and lasting benefits to society.

Areas of
interest

We invest in Deep Tech startups with a focus on Advanced Compute, Digital Biology & Biotech, and CyberPhysical Systems.

We invest in companies raising Pre-seed, Seed, and Series A funding rounds.

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Advanced Compute

As this generation of machine learning becomes ubiquitous, a whole host of new opportunities are emerging. Advanced computation will increase productivity and imbue computation with imagination.

02
Digital Biology and Biotech

AI-based computational biology has the potential to be the largest source of advancement in this century. Human health spans will be improved through digital biology, therapeutics, and personalized medicine.

03
CyberPhysical Systems

Physical systems with the scaling potential of software are a key source of productivity and safety enhancement over the coming decades, transforming recalcitrant industries via scalable automation and intelligence.

Our portfolio.

First Spark Ventures invests in startups that have fundamental technological insights.

We look for stellar teams, large accessible markets, and massive sustainable differentiation.

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