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Ankur Desai

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Mentor, Alchemist Accelerator and Advisor, Fido Labs.

Mentor, Alchemist Accelerator and Advisor, Fido Labs.

5 vouches

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Fido Labs
Alchemist Accelerator
Fido Labs


Mentor Alchemist Accelerator March 2016 - present
Advisor Swaggle May 2016 - present
Advisor Fido Labs February 2016 - present
Director, Sales & Business Development Bandwidth January 2014 - December 2015
Business Consultant Automatic Labs March 2015 - June 2015
Global Business Development Director Twilio, Inc. August 2011 - November 2013
Strategy/Finance MBA Intern June 2010 - August 2010
Senior Strategy Clearwire October 2006 - July 2009
Marketing Manager Valor Telecom January 2005 - September 2006
Finance/Business Development Valor Communications Group July 2001 - January 2005


Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business Strategy 2009 - 2011
The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business Finance/Molecular Biology 1997 - 2001
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science 1995 - 1997

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Dating
  • • Education
  • • Fashion
  • • Mobile
  • • Smart Home
  • • Real Estate
  • • Sports
  • • Travel
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Higher Education

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Nick Jiang
They're my school  •  Director of Business Development, Shots. Previously Sales Strategy - MBA Intern, Autodesk. Princeton grad.
Ankur is world-class in Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. His ability to persuade, negotiate, and network will help any start ... up grow in users and revenue.
Ninaad Vaidya
Pricing Manager, Ericsson. Previously Account Manager, Ericsson. Texas A&M grad.
Ninaad Vaidya
They're my friends  •  Pricing Manager, Ericsson. Previously Account Manager, Ericsson. Texas A&M grad.
Ankur's ability to look beyond an idea and find tangential relationships that can benefit an entrepreneurial venture make him a rare breed o ... f advisor. In addition to that, his strength in building relationships allows real collaboration between him and other entrepreneurs.
Simon Li
They're my school  •  Principal Product Manager, Alexa Experience and Devices @ Amazon
Absolutely. Ankur has a wide range of experience in different roles, at startup and mature companies. He knows first hand what it takes to ... grow a company. He is also very proactive and hands on, so he will definitely stay engaged.
Lance Condray
We worked together  •  Infrastructure Strategist, Facebook. Previously CEO, Endaga, Inc.. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grad.
Ankur brings together creativity and partnership experience on top of a strong finance background. It is a great combination. He has also sp ... ent time at large companies and startups, giving him good perspective from both vantage points.

Ninaad Vaidya
Pricing Manager, Ericsson. Previously Account Manager, Ericsson. Texas A&M grad.
Not many people combine the critical listening skills with communication skills necessary to be an effective Advisor. Ninaad analytically l ... istens, digests, and then offers impactful recommendations that leave you wanting more.