Meet Four Fascinating Deep Tech Investments
July 16, 2021 | Scott Murphy
Alumni Ventures’ Deep Tech Fund features diverse, innovative companies tackling the toughest and potentially most lucrative tech challenges. Cainon Coates and Krithika Kumar, Co-Presidents of the Deep Tech Venture Club, highlight four fascinating Alumni Ventures investments in burgeoning deep tech sectors. First, Krithika explains how Unlearn AI and Hayden AI are creating digital twins to enhance virtual problem solving for real-world results. Then, Cainon shares how Ayar Labs and Groq are building high-performance computing solutions to enable the next generation of machine learning, data transmission, and more.
About the Presenters
Cainon Coates, Partner at Castor Ventures
For the past 15 years, Cainon has worked with startups as an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. Prior to Castor, Cainon helped co-found five companies: Viafy, Human Design Medical (merged with Breas Medical of General Electric [NYSE:GE]), Triangle Research Labs (acquired by Lonza [SIX:LONN]), Revive Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Concordia Healthcare [TOR:CRX]), and University Laundry (acquired by a national operator, then Proctor & Gamble’s Tide [NYSE: PG]). Previously, he was an investor at PBM, a $500M healthcare-focused VC firm. Cainon also worked at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Goldman Sachs, and NASA. He has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems and Information Engineering.
Krithika brings experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and scientific research to the team. Krithika has led diligence and sourced deals as a Venture Partner at Humboldt Fund and a Senior Venture Fellow at Castor Ventures. Prior to venture capital, she co-founded a cognitive fitness company to enhance brain performance across the age spectrum. She also served as the Director of Business Development at Prime Biologics where she established strategic partnerships in the U.S., EU, and emerging markets. Krithika did her postdoctoral research studying the gut microbiome at Cornell University and has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Texas A&M University.