Brandon works with companies in the areas of data & machine learning infrastructure, cryptonetworks, robotics and automation, and new compute architectures. He has led our investment in Anchorage, a custody solution for digital assets; Fiddler, which is making AI explainable; Oasis Labs, which is building a privacy-first cloud computing platform on blockchain; Chronosphere, a time series monitoring platform; Elektra Labs, a digital measures platform; Hugging Face, an open-source company democratizing natural language processing; Tecton, a platform making production machine learning accessible to every company; Benchling, a cloud-native R&D platform for life sciences; and Ahana, an ad hoc analytics company. Brandon has also helped lead our investments in Anduril, a next-generation defense company; and Applied Intuition, a simulation software company.
Prior to joining Lux, Brandon was on the investment team at Capricorn Investment Group in Palo Alto, California, where he focused on autonomy, mobility, semiconductors and energy. While there, he invested in Joby Aviation, an eVTOL company and Navitas, a power electronics silicon company.
Previously, Brandon worked for Texas Instruments in Sunnyvale, California, where he was a Field Applications Engineer that supported Tesla Motors. In that role he worked with Tesla on its autopilot designs, next generation infotainment, and the sensor system for the Model X falcon wing doors.
Brandon grew up in South Florida and earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
What are you looking forward to in the future?
Technology solutions to improve city infrastructure and urban mobility. We first saw this with ride-hailing and autonomous transportation will likely have an even greater impact. Precision and digital medicine will change our healthcare system which is roughly a fifth of GDP today. Generally, software and machine learning intersecting with the physical world will be large opportunities for innovation and economic growth.
What scientist or technologist has had the greatest impact on the world?
Behind every technological innovation we have experienced in our lives are William Shockley, inventor of the transistor, and Dennis Ritchie, creator of the C programming language. It’s hard to imagine Microsoft, Apple, Google or Tesla without them.
What are the most exciting innovations of the past decade?
– Autonomous vehicles: can change how cities are designed, save lives, and drastically reduce the cost of transportation
– CRISPR: will change what it means to be human
– GPUs: allowed for the advent of deep learning
What up-and-coming technologies are you watching most closely right now?
– In the next few years, we will start to standardize the data & ML stack which will provide new tech capabilities to small and large companies alike.
– Cryptonetworks while still early have an opportunity to provide both a new layer of computing infrastructure and an open-financial system.
– Continued advances in machine learning research and underlying compute. Many of the algorithms have been around for years and we now just have the compute to exploit them. It is hard to imagine a field that will have more impact in the world during the next few decades.
Built an autonomous IED-detection vehicle in college
Published a paper on non-linear dynamics in the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
Foodie-meets-engineer loves kitchen gadgets, especially his sous vide and blow torch
Favorite meal to cook: coffee-rubbed pork shoulder; wine to drink: Signorello’s Padrone Cabernet