Deepak has been with Canaan Partners for over 20 years, focusing on investments in digital media and software. Deepak has wide-ranging interests, and thrives on risk. He led Canaan's early investment in DoubleClick (DCLK), the Internet's first and leading online advertising solution, as well as our investment in Acme Packet (APKT), a leading network security and virtualization company, and SuccessFactors, (SFSF), a pioneering cloud software company for human resources management.
Deepak currently sits on the boards of Skybox Imaging, Zoosk, ON24, adverCar and Talena. Prior to joining Canaan, he was part of the startup team at Aspect Communications, a pioneer in call center software, where he helped lead the company to a successful IPO in 1990. Today the company is called Aspect Software and employs over 2000 people. Prior to Aspect, Deepak held strategic roles at ROLM Corp. and TRW Datacomm International.
We can blame Deepak for a lot... including our bad dates. Sometimes known as "The Love VC", Deepak led Canaan's investment in Match.com and Zoosk, the largest social dating network in the world. He also led the initial round of investment in Bharat Matrimony, India's largest matchmaking service. Since more than 40 million people have tried internet dating in the U.S. alone, Deepak asks that you please not call him all at once for advice.
Deepak received a BA from Carleton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was included on the Forbes Midas List in 2008 and 2009. He was a member of the board of the National Venture Capital Association from 2008 to 2012. In his spare time, he is involved in several microfinance initiatives to spur economic growth in developing nations and has served as Chairman of the Investment Committee at Deutsche Bank's Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium.
When not busy being a team member, Deepak plays bass in a rock band with partner Mark Mangiola on drums. He manages to make snarky comments about everything... including Mark's inability to count to four.
Seeking out the unusual, unique, and quirky. Biking. Bass playing. Jumping into waterfalls.