Deepak leads investments in early-stage companies in cybersecurity, cloud infrastructure, developer tools, and in open-source projects that have gained organic community traction. He’s drawn to founders who have a surplus of customer and community empathy, and who can see a clear path to either the creation of a new tech category or the transformation of an existing one.
Deepak believes that because DTC is a part of a storied, founder-led company, the venture team has a genuine understanding of both the highs and the lows in the founder experience. He appreciates that the team is solely focused on the enterprise, allowing the investors to develop deep domain expertise.
Before joining DTC, Deepak spent more than six years at General Catalyst where he helped build out the firm’s west-coast presence and cybersecurity/enterprise practice. There he was involved in investments in Anomali, Illumio, Menlo Security, MinIO, and RiskRecon. Leading up to his switch to venture investing, Deepak held technical sales and product roles with Sun Microsystems.
Deepak holds a B.Eng. from the National University of Singapore, an S.M. from the Singapore-MIT Alliance, and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He is based in DTC’s Palo Alto office.
Best place for remote work: New Zealand. It’s got mountains, beaches, and desert-like landscape, and work hours that overlap with the US West Coast.
Amateur historian: Enjoys reading non-fiction accounts of the rise and fall of empires throughout history.
Go-to-snack: Avocados all day long.