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Neal Bhadkamkar

Neal brings more than 30 years of investment and start-up experience as General Partner of BOLD. Previously, Neal was co-founder and General Partner of Monitor Ventures (an early stage venture fund) and head of commercialization for Interval Research, Paul Allen’s Silicon Valley incubator. Early in his career he worked at the Boston Consulting Group. Neal’s original academic training was in EE from IIT Delhi, followed by an MBA from Harvard Business School. Later he obtained a PhD in EE from Stanford University.

Areas of Interest

Technologies in and around the body to improve health, technologies in and around our manufacturing systems to improve productivity, and along a different axis, helping Bold be the best possible partner to entrepreneurs.

What technology’s potential over the next 10 years most excites you?
Technologies that leverage the body’s immune system to fight disease.

Who has most influenced your thinking and why?
A tie between the fictional characters Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. I was fascinated by their deductive capabilities that allowed them to observe partial information, make inferences and connect the dots to construct plausible scenarios consistent with the facts.

What attributes do you look for in an entrepreneur?
In no particular order, here are both the industry jargon (i.e. buzzwords) and the common person descriptions, which are in parentheses:
– Domain expertise (Does the person know the problem they are trying to solve and the tools they are using to solve it?)
– Passion (Does the person really, really want to solve this problem, and why?)
– Integrity (Is the person brutally honest with themselves and with others?)
– Doggedness (Can the person stick with it, take punches and keep coming back?)
I could list others, especially Courage, but you get the general drift.

What skill would you like to learn?
Riding a unicycle.