Salil Deshpande

  • Bay Area

Salil focuses on early-stage infrastructure software, open source, and crypto. Salil has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 venture capitalists in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018; and to the CB Insights list of 100 Top venture capitalists in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Over the last 13 years Salil has invested more than $350M into over 52 companies, early, including MuleSoftDynaTraceDataStax, TealiumLending Club, Buddy Media, SpringSource, Redis Labs, SysDig, Frame, Basis, CompoundJambool, DropcamLightbendHazelcast, Groovy & Grails, GradleSonatypeZeroTurnaround, Chef, and Philz Coffee.

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Salil started his career as an engineer at Sun Microsystems focused on CORBA and Java middleware. He was founder and CEO of Customware, a CORBA middleware company (acquired by Visigenic Borland, now part of Micro Focus), co-founder and CEO of The Middleware Company, a Java middleware company (acquired by Precise Software, now part of Veritas), and of network of developer media sites (acquired by TechTarget).  Salil received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he later taught summer courses on software engineering.



  • Cornell 4 years
  • Stanford 2 years
  • Sun Microsystems 2 years
  • Borland 3 years
  • 3 years
  • Veritas 2 years
  • Bay Partners 7 years
  • Bain Capital Ventures 6 years

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Personal Interests

  • Code

  • Philz

  • 80's Music

  • Peace is every step

  • Satire

  • Heinlein

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