Shelley Zhuang Founder and Managing Partner Shelley has over fifteen years of experience in technology as a software engineer, research scientist, business executive, and venture capitalist. She founded 11.2 Capital to support founders solving the biggest challenges facing our world with emerging technologies. Shelley led 11.2's investments in Human, Cruise Automation (acquired by GM for $1B), Ginkgo Bioworks ($15B SPAC), Forter, Hinge Health, Aeva ($2.1B SPAC), Covariant.AI. Prior to founding 11.2 Capital, Shelley was formerly EVP of Business Development at Ecoplast Technologies, where she oversaw business development & sales efforts in North America. Previously, Shelley was a Principal at DFJ, where she was actively involved in a number of investments including FeedBurner (acquired by Google for $100M), Flurry (acquired by Yahoo for $240M), PPLive (acquired by Suning for $420M), TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster for $265M), Xfire (acquired by Viacom for $102M), YeePay. Shelley is a techie at heart and holds a BS in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently an advisor at Skydeck, ML7 Associate at Creative Destruction Lab, and served on Enigma 2016's program committee.
Jacob Smith Principal
Jake is passionate about helping founders solve the biggest challenges facing our world in healthcare, biology, and sustainability. Jake brings venture and startup experience, having worked across three early stage funds and a startup accelerator. At 11.2 Capital, Jake focuses on early stage investments in Data-driven Healthcare, TechBio, and ClimateTech. Prior to 11.2 Capital, Jake helped launch 30Ventures, an early-stage healthcare and biotechnology fund focusing on digital health and precision medicine. Jake was formerly an Associate at gener8tor, a nationally ranked startup accelerator, and Lewis & Clark Ventures, a $125M series A and B growth capital fund in the Midwest. Jake holds a Biochemistry degree and MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from University of Wisconsin, where he still advises as a proud Badger alumni.
Pramod Gosavi Principal
Pramod is passionate about connecting people and helping technical founders leverage technology to solve customers' biggest pain points. At 11.2 Capital, Pramod focuses on enterprise software, including SaaS, cybersecurity, developer tools & enterprise IT. Prior to 11.2 Capital, Pramod was Director, Strategy and Corporate Ventures at VMware, where he invested in 15+ companies including JFrog, CloudEndure, VeloCloud, Wavefront, CounterTack, HyTrust. Prior to VMware, Pramod held product management and operating roles at early stage startups Montalvo Systems and Ikoa, where he architected, built and shipped several generations of enterprise products. Pramod started his career as a staff engineer building Sun Microsystems’ flagship server UltraSparc. Pramod graduated from IIT Bombay with a major in Electrical Engineering. He has a Masters in Science from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
David Dorsey Partner David is excited about helping early-stage founders commercialize innovative technology and research. He loves to dive into technical details, and to help find use cases and product-market fit. Before joining 11.2 Capital, David was a Principal at Osage University Partners (OUP), where he invested in university spinouts and developed relationships with founders working on cutting edge research in machine learning, data, and advanced computing. Before OUP, he was a lead engineer at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Labs (ATL) where he served as principal investigator for DARPA programs applying ML to RF spectrum applications. While at Lockheed, he collaborated with university labs and industry partners to design, develop, and pursue transition opportunities for early concept technologies. David holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a B.S.. degree in Computer Engineering from Drexel University, where he serves on the Innovation Advisory Board. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and twin daughters and surfs every chance he gets.