Stream: Artificial Intelligence, Prime
Farooq is a biophysicist turned venture capitalist and angel investor. He is currently a Principal at Costanoa Ventures, where he invests out of a third $175m fund and is thematically focused on AI/enterprise data, digital health, and financial technology. Farooq began his investment career in 2009 and has since been a venture and growth investor on the West Coast and most recently investing in Europe at Mosaic Ventures over the past 3 years. Some of Farooq’s investments include Auto1 (Softbank), Redlock.io (PANW), Remitly, and Infosum.
In addition to helping entrepreneurs, he is passionate about improving cognitive/experiential diversity within the technology industry as well as fostering educational opportunity for the underprivileged. He is a founder and advisor of several non-profits focused on addressing these shortcomings including Diversity.vc and Soham for Kids.