Salil Deshpande

Managing Director, Palo Alto


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Salil focuses on infrastructure software and open source, and has invested $150M into 35 companies over 9 years, mostly early, including BCV companies Typesafe (the Scala language; Akka and Play frameworks for Java), Redis Labs (the Redis NoSQL database), Hazelcast (in-memory computing for Java), Aria Systems (ERP for recurring revenue businesses), (lambda architectures), Cascading (application performance management), ZeroTurnaround (faster Java redeployments), Tealium (marketing data infrastructure), APImetrics (API testing and performance management), Frame (better Citrix), and Dynatrace (application performance management). Prior to BCV Salil spent seven years as General Partner at Bay Partners.

Outside of BCV he has invested in Buddy Media (social media marketing platform; acquired by, SpringSource (open source; acquired by VMware), Engine Yard (open source, PaaS), 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), FantasyBook (fantasy sports apps on Facebook; acquired by Citizen Sports, now part of Yahoo), Dropcam (webcams with cloud DVR; acquired by Google), Vaxart (oral vaccine platform), Philz Coffee (handcrafted cups of love) and Datastax (the Cassandra NoSQL database). Salil also inherited Tealeaf (customer experience management; acquired by IBM) and served on its board for three years prior to its acquisition by IBM.

After a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and MS in Electrical Engineering Stanford University Salil worked for Sun Microsystems on CORBA, taught summer courses at Stanford University, and started three companies. Salil loves playing sports (both real and fantasy) with his teenage son and enjoys the challenge of convincing his teenage daughter that he’s still cool and relevant.

Mildly amusing things written by and about Salil:

Forbes Midas List 2013, 2014 and 2015
Debug my theses for 2015
Software Engineer, Venture Capitalist, Open Source Investor
Could software render the IT department useless? (Bloomberg TV)
Salil Deshpande on the jump to Bain
Open source and the floorboard theory of software
Betting on the Recurring Revenue Market
Spring is the New JavaEE
No Adjectives Please
How to set your salary as a startup founder
Fixing Marc Andreessen’s eLisp bugs
Would you become an entrepreneur again?
Who Were The First 25 Angels on AngelList
If Sun Microsystems doesn’t refocus, it will be history…
Facebook should behave like a platform company
Spring and Grails belong together
Bitcoin is a commodity, not a currency
Major cultural phenomena are worth at least a billion dollars
2014 predictions from a software infrastructure VC