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Biography

Bilal is attracted to startups that solve real, practical problems with technically ambitious solutions. They are often the first of their kind. They might address challenges around physical security by inventing advanced sensors, improve air traffic management for drones, transform manufacturing and automate our world, or build connected devices that reshape consumers’ lives.

Bilal leads Lux’s investments in SailDrone, autonomous ocean data collection; AirMap, airspace traffic management; Aria Insights, commercial drones; Desktop Metal, metal 3D printing; Nozomi Networks, industrial cyber security; Evolv, physical security screening; NoonHome, intelligent lighting; Orbital Insight, AI for satellite imagery; HappiestBaby, connected nursery for babies; Veo Robotics, collaborative industrial robotics; Hangar Technology, global aerial data capture; Lightform, Projection AR; Deep Sentinel, home security; StrangeWorks, quantum computing; New Knowledge, fake news detection; Applied Intuition, simulation for autonomous vehicles; and Zededa, an edge virtualization company.

Prior to joining Lux, Bilal was an investor at General Catalyst Partners.

Before he became an investor, Bilal was an entrepreneur. He cofounded GEO2 Technologies, an advanced materials company that also spun out Bio2 Technologies, company that makes bone-graft materials, among other things. Earlier in his career, Bilal was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a visiting scientist at PNNL/DOE Labs.

Bilal served as an advisor to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the founding team of the School of Science and Engineering at LUMS University. He co-founded several initiatives to promote university entrepreneurship, including RoughDraft.vc, StartLabs.org, and University Research and Entrepreneurship Symposium. Bilal currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Lemelson Foundation for invention and entrepreneurship. He frequently speaks at universities and conferences on technology, entrepreneurship and startup ecosystems.

He earned a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (under Prof. Mario Molina, Nobel laureate, 1995), and his technical work has been published in peer-reviewed journals. He holds 30+ patents and patent applications.

Key Facts

  • Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Bilal has also lived in Ohio, Boston and Silicon Valley

  • He was raised Muslim, educated in Catholic school and married a Palestinian-American

  • Three languages are spoken in his home: Urdu, English and Arabic

You don’t choose your passions, your passions choose you. Jeff Bezos

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