Ajit Deshpande is a senior associate for Opus Capital, where he sources and evaluates investment opportunities and contributes business and technical assistance to portfolio companies. Ajit is an MBA graduate from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 17. Prior to business school, Ajit worked for eight years in engineering/operations roles in semiconductors and cleantech and recently had stints in internal corporate venturing, angel investing and technology investment banking. Immediately prior to joining Opus Capital, Ajit consulted with a startup in the cellular cloud access and network services space to help develop its go-to-market strategy in preparation for venture fundraising. Ajit has a broad-based interest in the technology sector and is especially excited about new investment avenues being created by rapid strides in device connectivity, data computation, and storage. In addition to his MBA, Ajit holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from IIT Bombay and Stanford University, respectively. Ajit is an avid long-distance runner, having completed three marathons and four 199-mile-12-person relay runs. He has been involved in fundraising for literacy initiatives in rural India. He also enjoys playing badminton, dabbling with the piano, and believing in a bright future for the Golden State Warriors.