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Yogen Dalal

Yogen Dalal

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Yogen Dalal is an entrepreneur, engineer and Silicon Valley executive who has been a venture capitalist at Mayfield Fund since 1991. Over the last 20 years he has invested in the communications, enterprise software, and internet consumer and infrastructure areas. In 2011, he stepped down from the leadership role at Mayfield Fund and successfully transferred this responsibility to the next generation. Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Yogen was a founding member of two startups, Claris Corporation and Metaphor Computer Systems. Yogen was also a member of the original Star and Ethernet development teams at Xerox, and a co-author of the TCP Specification in 1974 while at Stanford University. His Ethernet industry blog can be found at www.ethernethistory.com. Yogen earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Stanford and a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay where he was honored as a Distinguished Alum. He is Chairman, co-founder, and investor in Glooko, a mobile diabetes disease management startup.

What first made you excited to get involved with Benetech?

I have witnessed firsthand the benefit of Benetech’s Bookshare initiative and sensed this was a dedicated team truly out to make a difference.

Based on your experience, what is the significance of technology in driving social progress?

The internet provides worldwide communications and consumer-focused products have driven down the cost of technology required to reach mass markets. As a consequence, it is now possible for technology to solve the needs of two-thirds of the world’s population (the have-nots) who are in desperate need for social and economic progress.

What would you say to someone who is considering partnering with Benetech or maybe even joining you on the board?

Silicon Valley is all about entrepreneurship and going where no one has gone before. Benetech is one of the few independent, nonprofit organizations focused on applying the principles of incubation to technologically driven social entrepreneurship efforts. At the end of the day, helping the less fortunate is what life is all about and being part of Benetech is a great way to work with leaders who strongly believe in giving back to society.