Samir is managing director within Microsoft Ventures providing technical leadership for the recently announced AI Fund and leading investments in startups innovating in core AI. He will also lead investment activities in other key frontier technology areas such as quantum computing and autonomous vehicles. Prior to this he was senior director for business development and product management in Qualcomm Research. In this role he led early stage validation, partnerships, acquisitions & strategy for embedded/on-device deep learning. Samir started his career at Microsoft and spent several years in Redmond leading product management/product planning efforts for enterprise mobility before heading to Palm, Samsung and Qualcomm. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.