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Zavain Dar

Senior Associate

Zavain is a Senior Associate at Lux working alongside and collaborating with passionate entrepreneurs building paradigm-shifting technologies to disrupt and engage large markets.

Previously, as an investor at Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors, he invested and worked with numerous early stage technology companies including Zymergen and HumanAPI, while concurrently leading the firm's theses in Genetics, Synthetic Biology, and Bitcoin. This work led to speaking engagements at top universities and industry conferences.

Prior to Innovation Endeavors he was an early employee at Discovery Engine, a next generation keyword search engine acquired by Twitter. There he engineered Machine Learning and Data Science algorithms across a proprietary distributed systems framework to build web scale ranking algorithms. He was also a founder of Fountainhop, one of the first hyper-local social networks.

Zavain attended Stanford University where he holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and an M.S. in Theoretical Computer Science. While pursuing his M.S., Zavain was a researcher in Stanford's Computational Logic Group through which he co-chaired the 2012 General Game Playing Championship at IJCAI in Barcelona.

He is currently an adjunct instructor at Stanford University, recently teaching the first Cryptocurrency class offered from any top-25 school.

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