The journey from academia to startups and venture capital is exciting. This talk will cover transitions between these domains and dive into opportunities in each for technology and science oriented students.
Dr. Ilya Fushman is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins. A former academic with both an operating and venture capital background, he is passionate about the frontiers of cutting-edge technologies and helping the next wave of startups and entrepreneurs build global businesses. Prior to joining Index, Ilya was the head of product at Dropbox. As one of Dropbox's first 75 employees, he helped build and run the company's business and corporate development functions, before taking on a product leadership role and building out Dropbox, Dropbox for Business and the developer platform. Before Dropbox, he was a principal at Khosla Ventures and the Director of Technology at the solar cell startup Solar Junction.
A deep technologist, Ilya holds a PhD in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he worked on quantum computing and biophysics, and a B.S. in Physics from Caltech. Ilya holds a number of patents in the fields of software, photonics, and electronics.