Evangelos has been working in Silicon Valley for over 30 years as a VC, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and technologist. His firm Synapse Partners invests in early stage startups working on horizontal or vertical applications that combine big data with AI, and advises global corporations on AI and big data strategies, next-generation mobility, and startup-driven innovation.
Evangelos is the author of the book The Big Data Opportunity in Our Driverless Future. He is currently working on a second book dealing with the impact of big data and AI in driverless mobility (mobility services and autonomous vehicles). A recognized thought leader on big data/AI, next-generation mobility, corporate innovation, cloud computing, and digital marketing platforms, Evangelos is a writer and speaker on these topics.
In 2014, Evangelos was named a Power Player in Digital Media, and in 2012 as a top investor in online advertising.
Evangelos’ investing career started in 2000 as a Partner at Apax Partners, continued as a Senior Managing Director at Trident Capital. He currently leads Synapse Partners. Evangelos chairs the board of Amobee/Singtel. Prior directorships include Brightroll (acquired by Yahoo!), Bristol Technology (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), Composite Software (acquired by Cisco), Confluent Software (acquired by Oracle Corporation), Exelate (acquired by Nielsen) and Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM).
Prior to his investing and advisory career, Evangelos had a 20-year career in high-technology executive roles, including two startup CEO positions.
Evangelos is a member of Caltech’s Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of Brandeis International School of Business, the Advisory Board of C2SMART, the Advisory Board of New York’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, and the Advisory Board of Securing America’s Future Energy.
He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University in the area of machine learning and large databases, and a BS in electrical engineering from Caltech.