Partners, Investments

Dan Gwak



Partners, Investments

When I’m out of office

You can find me off-roading, hiking, and camping in the Sierra Nevada

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

My father once told me: “Work hard. Live simple.” That’s a piece of advice that has some serious endurance to it.

I’ve been an investor my entire career, but what’s really prepared me for Hyperscale is the diverse set of people I’ve met and the relationships I’ve had the chance to develop in my meandering path growing up in foreign countries, living in different parts of the US, and serving in the Marines.

AI investing is fundamentally a human-driven story about how “person + machine” can free people to find fulfillment by letting them focus on what they do best. As I think about the work that we do, I think about what it would mean for the customer-support agent who is freed from laborious data entry, the security analyst who can focus on threat hunting instead of copying over data between systems, and the business owner who can build a stronger, more sustainable company while creating jobs that are ultimately more fulfilling.

AI will drive the next economic revolution, and it’s happening in our lifetimes. This is a strategy specifically geared towards sparking that change. It’s tremendously exciting to think about all the good work to be done to take us from where we are today to the transformation we’ll see in the economy.

I work on a meaningful challenge with inspiring people. I love that. I don’t need much more than that.

Prior experience:

  • Investment Team at In-Q-Tel We invested in companies across the full stack of AI, from hardware acceleration to applied natural language processing, and it was here that I really began to think about traditional industries in a more creative way through the transformational power of AI.
  • Infantryman in the United States Marine Corps Joining the Marines was my way of becoming American; I enlisted the day I received my permanent residency. The friends I made were the most representative cross-section of American society and helped me understand that—at our limits — we are all more similar than we are different.
  • Technology Buyouts at The Carlyle Group It was 2008, and there were few deals to be done from a traditional private equity perspective, but I learned something valuable in the midst of the financial crisis – tremendous opportunities can arise in times of change for those who lean in with creativity.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions at Credit Suisse I joined the M&A team at a historic moment. The volume of deals had hit an all-time high, and I don’t think I ever got more than four hours of sleep in my two years there. I watched the sun set and rise in the office and I slept under my desk at least a night a week. 

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