Zavain is consumed by the power of data and its counterpart, intelligence. He works with companies that are using machine intelligence and AI to augment or replace physical-world functions, including biology, chemistry, manufacturing and analysis.
He leads Lux’s investments in Primer, a stealth-mode machine intelligence startup; Clarifai, which combines machine intelligence and image recognition; Capella, which is developing novel medicines based on computational insight applied to genomic data; and Tempo Automation, which applies software and automation to electronics manufacturing.
Previously, Zavain was an investor at Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, where he sourced and led the firm’s investments in early stage technology companies including Zymergen and BlockStream. Zavain drafted the firm’s theses in Genetics, Synthetic Biology, and Bitcoin.
Before becoming an investor, Zavain was a founder and data scientist. At Discovery Engine (acquired by Twitter), he engineered machine learning and AI systems across a proprietary distributed computing framework to build web scale-ranking algorithms. Previously Zavain was a founder of Fountainhop, one of the first hyper-local social networks.
Zavain holds a BS in symbolic systems and an MS in computer science from Stanford where he was a researcher in Stanford’s AI Lab. He is currently a Lecturer at Stanford and has taught cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence and philosophy, and venture capital.